• Create your own custom wheels in days with our help! 12 January 2016 | View comments

  • Here at Practical Cycles, we are certainly famed for stocking the most innovative cargo bikes available on the market, but did you know that we also do wheelbuilds?

    What is a wheelbuild?

    A wheelbuild is pretty much what it says on the tin - the process of building a bicycle wheel or a wheel for anything else that needs one.

    We specialise in building wheels with hub gears (internal gear hubs), dynamos and drum brakes. However, we can also build wheels for regular road, mountain, hybrid and folding bikes.

    The average Practical Cycles wheelbuild process looks something like this, but will vary by product;

    1.    Choose your hub
    2.   Choose your rim - we tend to use Rigida or Mavic rims, depending on the wheel that is required. If needed, we can source many other rims including Velocity, Brompton, DT Swiss and many more. If you don’t see the brand you desire listed, don’t hesitate to contact us.
    3.   Choose your spokes - Sapim is one of the leading spoke manufacturers on the planet. We tend to use this brand's products as default, but we also stock such other manufacturers as Halo and Alpina. Again, if you wish for us to use spokes from a different brand, feel free to ask and we will try our hardest to source them.
    4.   Choose your spoke pattern
    5.   Add rim tape/extras
    6.   Choose sprocket size
    Every single wheelbuild is performed by our trained and qualified resident wheelbuilder, Ric who ensures every hand built wheel leaves Practical Cycles, laterally and radially true and, most importantly, pre-stressed so that the wheel stays true for a long, long time.

    Who better to have build your cargo bike, mountain bike, road bike or folding bike wheels for you than one of the UK's leading cargo bike retailers? We’ve specialised in cargo bikes for many years now, and it all stems from a passion for biking and nothing else.

    We stock cargo bikes from many of the world’s leading brands, including Xtracycle, Surly and 8Freight. This makes us uniquely placed to understand the requirements of cargo bike users here in the UK, where these bikes are rapidly gaining in popularity after many years of widespread use in mainland Europe.

    Are you raring to go with a wheelbuild or want to know more about our products? Don’t hesitate to contact our bike-mad team right here at Practical Cycles today.


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