I'm in the planning stage of building a new bike. This will be a light road bike for city runs and transport. For racing I have other bikes.
I'd like to build the bike from ground up by assembling everything myself. Not sure wether to go for gears or single speed yet, but that isn't relevant to this question:
What parameters would I need to consider when building a set of wheels? I will probably go for steel rims to get a classic look. I've already found out how to calculate spoke length, and I'll try to find an old fork to mount the wheel on while building it. The wheel consists of four parts:
- Spoke nipples
Protips on good parts? I guess specially the hub is important. Are there any real difference to cheap and expensive spokes as long as they are not carbon fibre?
- What spoke arrangement should I go for; cross-laced or straight. Pros and cons?
- In what order do I assemble the wheel?
- What is the best spoke tension (given I can measure the torque)?
- What tools do I need?
Any general good advice when building a wheel is appreciated as I'm totally unexperienced doing this.
A lot of questions that is. If anything is unclear, just ask and I'll elaborate on it. Thanks in advance.