An introduction to wheel building

Wheel Building (1)

About the course

Wheel building is often spoken of as a black art surrounded by jargon, competing theories and mystery. This one-day course aims to demystify the process. You will be taught the theories and practice behind building, maintaining, repairing and trueing wheels by a skilled wheel builder who will guide you through each step in the process. During the day you will build a set of wheels yourself and Bikeworks will supply the necessary parts and tools. No previous mechanical skill is required. At the end of the course, you will have acquired the skills to begin your own wheel building journey in confidence.


The course will cover the following topics:

• Tools and Equipment                         • Choice of materials

• Measurements and Software           • Preparation of components

• Lacing and spoke patterns                • Tension and dishing

• Balance and truing

About your tutor

Chris built his first set of wheels nearly fifty years ago. They were to upgrade stock wheels that came with his “schoolboy racer” and he instantly became fascinated with the possibilities of the wheel’s dynamic structure. He hasn’t stopped since and nowadays is in demand to build wheels for everyone from everyday commuters to World Champions. On the way he’s passed on a lot of knowledge to other builders and learned from some of the best builders in the industry.

Tool kits

The training centre is fully equipped with everything you need on the day (and more!) but these tool kits are a great way to use the skills you learn on your own bike after the course:

Basic tool kit – £20

Puncture repair kit, set of 3 super B tyre levers, wet/dry lubricant and a Neos simplicity L wench (non ratchet) with 10 bits.

Advanced tool kit – £35

Puncture repair kit, set of 3 super B tyre levers, wet/dry lubricant and a SuperB 18 in 1 folding tool.

Commuter tool kit – £50

Mini pump, 2 tyre levers, 11 function multi tool and a seat pack.

Event Details


Lee Valley Velopark, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Abercrombie Road, LONDON, E20 3AB

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