Students in the course will calculate spoke lengths and choose components, lace their own wheel, learn both radial and lateral wheel truing as well as tensioning and centering. Students will gain an understanding of the basic steps in wheelbuilding and be provided the skillset which can be developed into a rare and sought-after bicycle craft after completing the course. Students will be making calculations and building their wheels themselves, after a short instruction and demonstration. Although this is an advanced course, some bicycle wheel types may be outside of the scope of the course. Each student will be given the opportunity to consult with the instructor on their choice of build before purchasing their wheel's components.
Students will leave the course with the experience necessary to continue wheelbuilding and develop their experience into a craft should they choose to.
This course is designed for students who have completed either Advance Bicycle Maintenance or Bicycle Maintenance II. Others with bicycle maintenance experience are welcome as well. This course is not geared toward someone who is just beginning to learn about their bicycle.
What to Bring:
Students will need to bring their selected rear hub, or hubset with them to the first class. They should contact the instructor directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for advice on their choice if necessary. Students will be expected to purchase/order the remaining components during the first class.
“Seven” as she’s commonly known, has learned her bicycle maintenance skills through a combination of Broadway Bicycle School training, and spending inordinate amounts of time around SCUL headquarters (a positive bicycle chopper gang). Seven maintains a small fleet of “normal” bicycles, has built and maintained her own modified bicycles, and she likes to read bicycle repair manuals for kicks. Seven enjoys maintenance best when her SCUL comrades get together and ask her two or three “how do I…” questions at once. She’s also keen on hot yoga, meditation, making electronics go, and treasures playtime with friends.
Session 1: Sunday, March 31, 6PM - 8PM
Session 2: Sunday, April 7, 6PM - 8PM
Session 3: Sunday, April 14, 6PM - 8PM
Session 4: Sunday, April 21, 6PM - 8PM
When & Where
Artisan's Asylum, Inc.
Artisan's Asylum is a 40,000 sq. ft. member-based non-profit community fabrication center located in Somerville MA, dedicated to making creativity a way of life. Our mission is to support and promote the teaching, learning and practicing of design & fabrication by offering:
* Shared design and fabrication tools and equipment in our various community workshops.
* A large range of publicly-accessible classes offered by local artisans.
* Various monthly membership structures allowing access to our facility.
* On-site studio and storage rentals allowing members to create and store projects on-site.
* Hosting local craft-related events to help encourage DIY culture and community craftsmanship.