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Micha
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Is it complicated?
If I’m able to restore a complete bike, can I do it by my own?
Any one did this with success?

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Never attempted it, but it

Never attempted it, but it sounds like it just takes time and patience. Note the issue of offset...the location of the hub relative to the rim. Here are a couple of websites that discuss lacing wheels:

https://w6rec.com/wheel-building-and-spokes/

http://agwalker.com/wheelbuilding.html

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Thank you.

Thank you.

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I have never done more than

I have never done more than minor touch-ups on moto wheels, but truing was a regular chore on mountain bikes. It's pretty easy once you get a good mental model of what you are doing.

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I have done two wheels

I have done two wheels working on my third. Very satisfying when you are done. Be patient and don't be afraid to start over if things get out of hand. Your state of mind is as important as your tools.

There are a couple decent videos. Do some research and pay attention to the offset. You should measure that before you take the wheel apart. Unless you want to keep the old spokes for some reason use bolt cutters to remove them. You will save hours by doing that. Also, You need to fabricate a truing stand. Simple enough. I made mine from wood and drilled holes for the axles. Also get a real spoke wrench. Don't even think about doing it without one. Cheap enough. If installing new rims don't get too caught up in trying to eliminate the bump at the weld. You will drive yourself crazy. If using an old rim don't be surprised if it is out of round. You can correct that to a small degree but otherwise you are looking at a new rim.

Good luck

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Are you building a new wheel,

Are you building a new wheel, or attempting to true an existing wheel? If a new wheel, plenty out there on this subject and frankly they almost build themselves, offset and all, if you purchase the correct parts (Vech). Buchanan's can true your old rims but if aluminium do the polishing by hand.

If truing, you should first evaluate the condition of the nipples and spokes and if corroded either elect to rebuild or put plenty of PB Blaster or similar at the nipple/spoke and drive the bike to cause centrifugal force to drive the penetrant into the afflicted area. Do this several times then carefully test the ease of turning each nipple. It only takes a few fused nipples to keep you from truing a wheel correctly.

Be sure to use a dedicated-size spoke wrench - do NOT use the "one tool for all nipples" but instead get a good one that fits the nipple tightly. Vech has a nice one for sale that I purchased with their rebuild kit.

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