Tips & Info on How to Build Your Dream Lightweight Wheelset

I don’t know what the others say, but I think the author is an anti-technological stick-in-the-mud. If you are looking for tips & info on how to build your dream lightweight wheelset, then look elsewhere because you won’t find it in this book.

I read the whole book in one sitting. The diagrams are much bigger than neccessary, for example one per page, and you get the idea they’re just added as “filler”. Some of the diagrams are repeated throughout the book, further giving that impression.

All you are going to find here is the standard way to make 36 spoke 3-cross wheels with double butted spokes. That is it.

The man doesn’t even agree with radially lacing a fron wheel. Let alone anything like bladed or titanium spokes, low-spoke numbers, ceramic bearings and carbon fiber rims. Let’s face it: carbon fiber rims are here to stay, and he’s just going to be seen as to conservative if he doesn’t agree with anything but the way wheels were made fifty years ago.

A lot of what you will find in this book, you will already be aware of. If you’ve ever really “researched” (for want of a better word) before buying a nice wheelset, you’ll already know more “tricks” than this book will tell you.

I give it 2 stars, and the only reason I didn’t give it one star was because it is entitled: “The bicycle Wheel” not “The ultimate bicycle wheel”. Actually I’ve changed my mind – I’m giving it one star, because it should cover ALL aspects of the bicycle wheel and it certainly doesn’t cover lightweight wheels.

Night time cycling is with its risks but two American undergraduate students have been working on a bicycle lighting research project that aims to make cyclists identifiable from all angles on the road to motorists and pedestrians, especially from a sideways perspective.

Under the name of Project Aura, the two students, Ethan Frier and Johnathan Ota, have developed a process that will illuminate the wheels of a bicycle when the bicycle is in motion.

How does it work

Ethan and Jonathon have been able to perfect a process whereby they can safely build LED lights into the rim of a bicycle wheel. The lights illuminate via power derived from a dynamo hub on front wheel of the bike. So the lights work as long as you pedal. There is also a power control so you can turn off the light system for daytime riding.

A further innovation of the system is that the LED lights change from white when at cruising speed to red when slowing down. This is acheived by expanding the surface area of light inside the rims of the wheels.