Known issues in edition 7

The following will be fixed in the next minor update (edition 7.1)



A few sentences need a comma before "and" when connecting two independent clauses.

Technical errors


Anything else?

Please let me know if you find any errors. Thanks.

New stuff in the next edition

In the next edition, I want to get the message across that wheelbuilding is not that difficult. What I am seeing these days, particularly in online discussions, is that people ask a question, and get several different answers, and each answer is backed up by some usually false logic based on a poor understanding of how wheels actually work. Yes, there's a lot of bad information out there! The current book does a pretty good job at putting the facts down, but I need to do more (yes, I do read the online discussions, and some of the stuff people say is plain wrong, but looks believable). Plus I've got lots of other smaller updates to put in. The actual method of building will not change.

New spoke length calculator

There's a brand new spoke calculator (online now) that is different to the one described in all editions of the book to date. The new calculator now takes into account spoke stretch. So in the next edition of the book I'll be taking out the references to the old calculator and describing the features of the new one. The new calculator has a comprehensive user guide built in, please read it, because the method of rounding has changed.

Front cover

The image on the book description page will be used on the next update, it's an Italian track hub, Swiss spokes, and it was laced to a French rim. The current edition 7 just has a CAD drawing of a wheel.


Edition 7 released 28 September 2016

New Edition 8 : in progress. Don't wait for it, get the current edition, and grab a free upgrade when edition 8 is released.