– its a good idea to clean the sidewalls of the rim with rubbing alcohol before starting any work on it.
– make use of those online spoke length calculators. its not good to guess how long are the spokes that you’re going to need. it’ll just cost you time and money. the ones i use are wheelpro’s, leonard ehrenfried’s electronic diametre deductor and dt swiss’ spoke calculator.
– start with the spokes having the same amount of threads exposed when nipple is threaded through. this way you can start tightening the nipples by the same amount, say 5 turns, until there’s no more slack in the spokes. this preparation makes truing the wheel a lot easier.
– it is recommended that you put light oil on the spoke holes so that truing will be a little smoother and easier. i use the 50 peso singer all-purpose light oil.
– i much prefer rims with eyelets.
– expect to spend a good amount of time truing the wheel. and bring plenty of patience.
– it might be a good idea to wear safety glasses when truing the wheel. one never knows.
– i don’t have a dishing tool. yet. so i just flip the wheel on the stand and check if one side is closer than the other to the center then adjust accordingly.
– when adjusting the dish, tighten one side in equal turns then loosen the other side.
– ideally, for the rear wheel, the drive-side spokes should be a little shorter than the non drive-side spokes. unfortunately, most of the bike shops so not have complete spoke line-up.
and i finished the wheel. i’m looking for a rim for the front.