Welcome to NorthEast Wheelbuilding
Wheel care
Although we have most settings for the different types of wheels

If you intend to strip your own wheel,

it is very important to take a few

measurements yourself

Before you start taking a wheel to bits

take note of the way it is put together,

1: Count the number of spokes in the wheel

2: Try to count the number of times one of the outside spokes crosses the rest of the spokes on that side. This should be done on both sides of the wheel.

3: Using some thing with a good straight edge and also a ruler measure gaps A and B as shown below, taking note of where the straight edge is on the hub i.e.:- across brake drum, across bearing.


How to strip a wheel

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The wheel may be set up rim over hub (see diagram) this type of wheel set up is measured in the same way but the straight edge is laid on the rim rather than the hub and should be noted as "distance A rim over hub"

4: It also pays to measure the rim, to do this measure the distance (A) between the inside rim edges
5: The final thing to do is to take note of the spoke type the following diagrams show the different spoke types and spoke head angles you may come across. It is generally a good idea to keep an inside and outside spoke from each side of the wheel.
45 Degree
90 Degree
Straight Spoke
Butted or Swaged
Cast Iron
Cotton Real
Single Sided
Aprila Rear
Aprillia Front
The above Hub types are a representation of the many differnt types of hub if you are still unsures of your hub type take a photograph and E-Mail us it we will be able to help you out

Wheel Care

Wheel care is probably one of the most neglected areas of  a Bike or Car’s maintenance, we all remember to check oil and water levels from time to time but how often do you make sure the spokes in your wheel are tight and how often should you look at them.


How often you check your wheels depends on how much you use your Bike or Car and what type of use it gets.

A spoked wheel that is only used occasionally on main roads for a leisurely drive will require a lot less attention than one that has been used over rough ground or for fast acceleration.

Motocross / Trials

You should be inspecting your wheels every event

Road (easy use, used weekends only)

You should be inspecting your wheels ever 3 to 6 months

Road (hard use, used all week, fast acceleration, sprints, Road Racing)

You should be inspecting your wheels once a month or every event

How to check your wheel

Using a metal tool (a screwdriver or spanner are ideal) tap each of the spokes and listen carefully to the sound they make, each spoke should make roughly the same sound and this should be a sharp ping rather than a dull ding, any spokes that make a dull ding will require tightening however if there are a few lose at one point of a wheel this will have caused the wheel to go out of alignment.