built my first wheel yesterday. it was a mind numbing experience. after a few tries i got it right. first i went on line and watched all the u tube vids and then hit up the spoke calculator sites, most of those sites give you the wrong spoke length. lucky i had a garage full of wheels i could rob spokes from. all in all i learned a new skill and now have a cool wheel. everyone into bikes should take the time to learn to lace a wheel, once you learn, it's one of those jobs that give you a real sence of accomplishment.