Introduction to Wheel Building Class

2024 Introduction to Wheel Building Schedule:

  • Saturday, February 3rd, 12:30pm
  • Saturday, May 4th, 12:30pm

Location: Ohio City Bicycle Co-op, 1779 Merwin Avenue Cleveland, OH 44113

Instructor: David (with assistance from Harvey)

Maximum class size: 4 students

Already comfortable working on your bicycle and want to learn more? This introductory class explores the construction and design of the bicycle wheel. We will cover the basics of the most common and strongest three cross lacing. Our experienced instructors will guide you through measuring hubs, rims, and spokes and constructing a true bicycle wheel.  All class materials are provided to build a practice wheel. For students interested in building their own wheel, we invite you to return after this class to use our wheel building tools during our open shop hours.

Best suited for people who already have some mechanical knowledge. This is a single session class lasting about 4 hours.

Topics Covered:
•       Wheel anatomy and vocabulary
•       Tools: required and optional
•       Basic theory
•       Lacing techniques
•       Tensioning and truing

our policies:

cancellations: If there are fewer than 2 students registered by Thursday before the first class, the class may be cancelled and the students who registered will receive a full refund. If you realize you can no longer attend and would like a refund, you may cancel your registration by calling or emailing us at least 4 days in advance of the class (Tuesday before class). This gives us time to reach out to anyone who may be on our waitlist and fill the spot.

volunteering credits: Up to 1 spot in each Introduction to Wheel Building class can be paid for using volunteer credits. Feel free to use part volunteer credits and part cash/credit card. Credits used to pay for the class must be earned in advance of class registration (i.e., no volunteer credit IOU’s). If you’re interested in using your credits to pay for part or all of the class, reach out to us at (or ask Emily whenever you’re around the co-op).

Covid-19 safety: Many of our staff, volunteers, and students are older adults or immunocompromised individuals. We have installed UV-C air filtration in our community shop, and we will require masks inside the facility if  Covid-19 community levels are currently in the “medium” or “high” ranges. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and flexibility.

waitlist: If you’re interested in attending but the class is sold out, feel free to reach out to to be put on our waitlist. Please indicate which month’s session you’re interested in.