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Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. I bought "The Art of Wheelbuilding" on a whim to complete my wheel building "library". Frankly, I'm somewhat disappointed. If I didn't own the other two books, I would probably regard this as a good wheel building guide, but in my opinion, the others are considerably better. I find that Schraner incorporates too much habit and tradition in his building for my taste. He seems more interested in name-dropping and touting his successes than in the science and technique behind building good wheels.
While his stories are entertaining, I was expecting more "nuts and bolts" information and less fluff. I don't regret buying "The Art of Wheelbuilding", but I wouldn't recommend it as a first wheel building reference.
If you're technically oriented and want to understand the "why" behind building wheels rather than just the "how", "The Bicycle Wheel" is the book for you. I would recommend either of these - or better yet, both - over "The Art of Wheel Building". I was surprised at the limited utility of the book. There are a few pages dedicated to lacing up a 32 hole rim It's clear the author has a real passion for wheel building, but passion isn't enough.
The book just doesn't really help that much. This is just too much for the knowledge in this book. Maybe 40 years ago it was something to have. It's a great book for the first time wheel builder hands down. It's doesn't go into to much theory it just gives you step by step on how to build a wheel set. If something turns out wrong your going to need other books to understand what is going on with the wheel. I bought this book back in when I wanted to make my own fixed-gear wheelset they weren't common around here at the time.
I was able to have a set of wheels no one had around here at the time and I knew they were strong. I built up four more wheelsets after, but I always use this book because I'm know building wheels all the time. My favorite part of the book is when the author mentions stress-relief and setting the spokes.
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