Pushchair Tyres and Puncture Repair

Moonglu's workshop is equipped to repair punctures to children's prams, pushchairs and strollers.

We carry 12.5 inch inner tubes with either straight or 45Deg bend Schrader valves.The 45Deg bend valves are particularly useful as the wheels are small and they make connecting a pump significantly easier. 

The most common problems with pram tyres are an accumulation of thorns and glass. For customers with regular punctures, this can be a big inconvenience, we can also add tyre sealant to the inside of the tube. 

Nutrak OKO Tube Sealant is formulated and tested for use in all tube tires. Once installed, the sealant remains liquid and will not harden or dry out. 

As the sealant treated tube rotates, centrifugal force pushes the sealant to the tread area creating a layer of protection, repairing punctures as they occur and treating existing punctures. OKO sealant is not intended for use in tubes losing pressure from sidewall punctures, bead leaks, damaged rims or faulty valves.

  • Prevents and repairs punctures up to1/8″ (3mm) using Fibro-Seal™ technology.
  • Remains liquid inside the tire, coating the tread area as the tire rotates.
  • Non-toxic, non-hazardous, non-flammable, non-aerosol and water soluble.
  • Tubes treated with OKO sealant can be patched with a conventional vulcanized patch using a bit of patience and care!


Moonglu also stock a small selection of 12.5 inch pushchair tyres including low profile tyres for the Jane style pushchair. 


  • 45Deg Bend Inner Tube - £6
  • Nutrak OKO sealant 8oz bottle - £9
  • Tyres - from £10 each

Pricing for parts only, labour will be charged at workshop rates and will depend on time taken on individual jobs

March 06, 2017 by Neil Dunkley
Tags: pram tyres

Hand Built Wheel Warranty

Our hand built wheel warranty policy is something that I have neglected over the years. By addressing it directly I hope that the following information will give potential wheel customers that extra layer of confidence when considering a wheel order from Moonglu Wheelworks. 

Firstly, all the hand built wheels that leave our shop are built by me, Moonglu owner Neil Dunkley. If you have called or emailed the shop to discuss wheels then it will be me that you have talked to. Everything is dealt with by me, from taking the order, ordering the parts, building the wheels, packaging the wheels and making sure they are posted, I deal with everything from start to finish. Ultimately, if anything goes wrong, it's down to me!

From those that know me, to people that read my website, I hope it comes across that I am passionate about my wheels and I pride myself in their performance. Most clients are paying anywhere between £400 and £2000 of their hard earned money for these wheels and I wouldn't do the same on a website unless I was sure I was buying a quality product. 

I am hands on with these wheels but I don't build hundreds of pairs, our orders come in steadily allowing me the time to build each wheel with care and attention. I have been down the route of build them as quickly as possible and it comes back to bite you. I take my time and I believe now that I am building some incredibly good wheels, time after time. 

Ultimately, the original question was warranty. My wheels are built up of component parts, hubs, spokes and rims. Each of these are covered by individual manufacturers warranty. This is the reason we have partnered with quality component manufacturers such as Hope Technology, DT Swiss, Chris King, Sapim and Stans No Tubes. Warranty covers manufacturers defects, not rider damage. We cannot warranty fair wear and tear, particularly hub bearing failure unless it is deemed to be premature. 

For the build itself I take great pride in the wheel builds. If for any reason they don't stand up to normal use then I will be more than happy to have the wheels collected and inspected at my cost. I will then correct any issues and return the wheels, again at my cost.

Fortunately problems are rare but hopefully this gives further confidence to your purchase. 

February 18, 2017 by Neil Dunkley
Tags: warranty

0% Finance at Moonglu

0% Finance at Moonglu

With a changing world and household finances becoming increasingly squeezed, the ability to spread the cost of higher value purchases is now critical. 

Bikes are a typical high value purchase. Whether it is a new road bike, a tricked out mountain bike or even an electric bike these can all cost £1000+. Moonglu have partnered with V12 Finance to offer a range of finance options to spread the cost of your new purchase. Payments can now be deferred by 3 to 6 months in a Buy Now Pay Later option.  

By far the most popular is 0% or Interest Free Finance. Typically bikes can be purchased with a 10% deposit and up to 36 monthly payments with no hidden costs or finance charges.

Finance doesn't have to be used only for bikes. The evolution of the turbo trainer market has seen some very high end Smart Trainers hit the market. Our premium trainer, the Elite Drivo costs £1199, easily the cost of a carbon road bike. We are able to offer 0% Finance on any product or combination of products above £500.

What will my monthly payments be?

Through our partnership with V12 Finance and Ride It Away there is access to a simple finance calculator. Simply enter the value of your chosen bike, enter your deposit amount and chose your payment term and the calculator show your monthly repayments.

Ride It Away Finance Calculator

There really is no better time to chose finance with their new range of Buy Now, Pay Later finance packages. 

Why can't I have a discount and 0% Finance?

Unfortunately, we can't offer both, it's one or the other. In order for us to facilitate interest free finance we have to swallow a percentage of the value. Items on our website that are on sale are not available through 0% Finance but there may be options through low APR traditional finance packages. 

How do I apply for Finance at Moonglu?

We are working on a integrated finance facility on our website. Once this is installed applying for finance will be a simple process at checkout. 

Currently we have the options for either in store application or if there is a bike you've seen on our website, send us an email (info@moonglu.com) and we can forward an application for you to fill out and complete online.

In store application takes 10 minutes and all you will need to bring is an in date banking card for direct debit and validating purposes.  

Finance is only available to over 18s and UK residents.

What's Included?

Finance isn't limited to the bikes or products shown on our website. We can offer 0% Finance on any product over £500 from the following brands:

  • Giant Bikes
  • Genesis Bikes
  • Ridley Bikes
  • Saracen Bikes
  • Ridgeback Bikes
  • Elite Trainers
  • DT Swiss Wheels

Don't forget, if you're looking at a £399 bike, chances are you'll need a helmet, lights, etc. These will soon at up to £500 and qualify for finance.

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January 04, 2017 by Neil Dunkley

Moonglu Cycling Club into 2017

Moonglu Cycling Club Logo

It has been a fine first year for Moonglu Cycling Club. Set up in March 2016, the British Cycling registered Club started life as a small group of friends riding on Thursday nights during the summer and has now grown into a 110 member strong club with a committee. 

Becoming a club gave us a structure to grow from the rag-tag bunch riding on a Thursday, to a regular meet on both Thursday and Sunday with ability groups designed to attract new riders. 

With more help with administration we now have multi channel contact groups, ranging from regular club emails with weekly route information, through to a private Facebook group and members only web forum. These have enabled individuals to go beyond our structured rides and team up for mid week and weekend rides, long and short, building new friends and riding buddies. 

A club environment has also allowed us to give junior (16-18 year old) riders a place to ride. We have a small group of very talented junior riders, regularly riding with our fastest Thursday group. It is fantastic to see these riders come through the ranks and ride at a level beyond their age. I hope that we have embraced them as people, despite their age and treat them as equals to the other adults within the groups. 

Big groups of male cyclists can be incredibly daunting to ladies which makes it so pleasing to have a strong group of female riders who attend both our Thursday rides and our Sunday social rides. Our female riders mix within the groups and I'd like to think group riding has given them the confidence to ride and improve. Given the number of QOMs they regularly achieve on Thursdays the club is doing a great job of encouraging female riders and the more the merrier.

Although Moonglu CC started life as a road club, there is growing interest in cyclo cross racing, gravel riding and mountain bike rides. We have embraced all these disciplines and club members have organised both gravel and mountain bike rides throughout the year. There's also a small group competing regularly in the Yorkshire Cross and CXNE series.

A club is nothing without its' members and when members get together and become friends you've got a good thing going. Part of the committee's roll is to organise social events and we have monthly social nights at Friends of Wine and in our first year we had a family friendly BBQ open to all members including partners and children. Next year we will host our first Club Dinner. 

Highlights of the Year

  1.  Getting the club off the ground. There became a point where our Thursday rides were out of control. What started as Moonglu owner Neil Dunkley (me) and Dave Fell through word of mouth became a 20-30 strong group. Fantastic in many ways, without any sort of control it became an accident waiting to happen. I couldn't be everything to the group and as everyone looked to me for leadership that became a problem, I couldn't do everything. We gathered everyone together and after an informal meeting decided that there was enough support to form an official club, and it's the best thing we ever did!
  2. Thursday Night's. Finishing work at 6pm, quickly getting changed and rolling through Boots alleyway out onto Ripon Market Square and seeing anywhere between 30 and 70 riders ready to ride in the middle of summer is a fantastic sight. It really gives me a warm glow and is often overwhelming especially when some of them are ready for some serious Group 1 action. Better still is waiting for them to return in their various groups, smiles on their faces after one of those special summer rides where they've pushed hard, worked each other over and loved every minute. I love that! 
  3. Club Kit. Every club needs a kit and I'm really pleased that the club committee agreed to keep the Moonglu name and adopted the Moonglu kit as their kit. To see so many riders wearing our kit is special. I feel part of something that can continue to grow and become part of the local cycling culture. 
  4. Website. After a lot of hard work by a number of club members we now have a very attractive website (www.moonglucc.club). There's lots of information on there, not just for club members but as a resource for others riders in the area and cyclists visiting Yorkshire to ride. As time goes by and the club grows the route database will grow and hopefully the website will be a place to visit for people looking for a good road ride in Yorkshire. 
  5. Club Time Trial. Possibly the highlight of the year, our racing secretary organised a club member only time trial. Run on a 9.5 mile circuit near Dishforth the race against the clock was open to all members and it turned out to be a brilliant event with a real club atmosphere, enjoyed by everyone. We hope it's the first of many Moonglu CC events. Read the Time Trial report and results here. 

We are now taking new members for 2017, Sunday rides continue to grow (8.30am on Ripon Market Square) and we are all looking forward to the Thursday rides. They restart after the clocks change on Thursday 30th March. There will also be a new Intro Group and a 17mph group to encourage new riders to our club. 

I've looked on Strava and there's no chance I'm riding with you lot!

When Dave and I started riding he worked me over up Warthermarske on our classic club ride and we probably averaged 16mph. Since then it has got quicker and quicker and quicker. I don't know how many friends have looked on Strava and said, "How do you ride that fast, there's no way I can ride that fast, I'll give it a miss"! It's easy to look at stats, but the truth is our fastest group has gone from riding at 18mph up to 24mph through riding together and making each other better. Group 1 is fast, as fast as I've ever ridden but not all the groups are like that. 

There is a diversity of individual that turns up to ride with us, some love the speed and pain of a truly fast ride. Others see what we're doing and want a part of it, they do their damnedest to improve, hang in there and join in. There's also a big group that just want to ride and be part of the club. All are welcome and we do offer rides for everyone, whatever your motivation.



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January 02, 2017 by Neil Dunkley

Zwift Demo Centre

Zwift Logo

Moonglu have an instore demonstration area for both Zwift and Elite trainers at their store in Ripon, North Yorkshire. 

The indoor cycling revolution started in 2015 and for 2016 it is here with a vengeance. Zwift has and will continue to revolutionize winter riding and training and we are already big fans. For those that knew turbo trainers were dull and boring, it is time to think again, Zwift will rock your world.

We could talk for hours about the virtues of Zwift but the only way to understand is try it for yourself. In partnership with Elite trainers, we have set up a fully functioning instore demo centre for Zwift. Come in and try our Elite Drivo real trainer and experience why Zwift is so addictive.

Through our own experience we can give expert advise on a set up to suit most customers, whether it is the best trainer for a given budget, connection protocol advise or home set up. We're also more than happy for customers to bring their own bike and give it a go. Our Elite Drivo demo trainer is set up for 11 speed Shimano but could be configured for 9 or 10 speed Shimano road or through axle mountain bike.  

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October 19, 2016 by Neil Dunkley

New Brands for 2016

2016 is a time of big changes in Moonglu. We have shifted focus and all those that have visited the store recently will have seen the beginnings of these changes. We have partnered with class leading brands such as Park Tool, Continental, Shimano, Lazer, Pro, Garmin, Quad Lock and Pearl Izumi to transform the shop and offer a much broader range of product. Over the early part of 2016 this will continue as we change the interior of the shop and display to allow us to include even more products. Our stock of Shimano components will be un-rivalled in North Yorkshire and this stock will cover road and mountain, gear and brake components and a huge range of common spares. 


It's certainly exciting times and to add to our growing range of components we are now a dealer for Genesis Bikes, Ridley Bikes, Ridgeback and Saracen Bikes.

We have already started taking stock of these brands and so far have the Core range of Genesis hardtail mountain bikes on display, together with the CdA, Croix de Fer and Equilibrium Disc. We're truly excited about the Datum, their brand new carbon gravel and multisport bike. This bike is destined for great things and we can't wait to get one out on the road/track.

Ridley are the market leader in cyclo cross bikes and they have a fantastic range of bikes, particularly in cross but also gravel and multisport road. We look forward to working with this brand and expanding our range of their bikes in the near future. 

Our first Ridgeback and Saracen Bikes arrived before Christmas and they've already proved to be popular. We don't see ourselves stocking the whole range of these two brands but they both have strength, particularly Ridgeback children's bikes and Saracen entry level mountain bikes. 

We will continue to update our website in the coming weeks to include our stock bikes.

Our wheel building will not fall by the wayside, together with the arrival of the new Hope Pro 4 hubs, we also have a new working relationship DT Swiss and we'll be offering wheel builds with their hubs, spokes and rims both road and mountain. From February will also be stocking DT Swiss factory wheelsets. Details of these new handbuilt wheels are available in our wheel shop

These brands will be in addition to Giant Bikes. Moonglu have a long standing relationship with Giant and their bikes continue to dominate the market, particularly their road bikes. 2016 is another great year for Giant road bikes and their 3 well defined ranges, Propel aero bikes, TCR compact road bikes and Defy disc equipped endurance bikes continue to lead the market with innovation, technology, specification, looks and reviews. 

January 10, 2016 by Neil Dunkley

What I did last summer

Not exactly latest news or last summer, this blog post dates back to June 2012 and our pilgrimage to the mountain passes of the French Alps. 

Since my early interests in cycling dating back to watching the 1990 Tour de France on Channel 4 on a small portable TV in my parents kitchen I have been fascinated by cycling, particularly the romance and the battles on the big mountain roads of the Alps and Pyrenees. That year it was Greg Lemond dominating the Tour and he became a hero that has stayed with me until the present day. I have watched it through all the good and bad and whether it's Armstrong and Evans or Landis and Sastre I have continued to watch, fascinated by these athletes doing battle on famous mountain roads. This has expanded to most cycle races where there is good TV coverage including the Giro D'Italia and Vuelta, and the Tour of California, whenever it's on I am watching. 

I always dreamed of riding the mountains some day but owning a business and having a house and small family have always made it a pipe dream, one for the future. Despite being a mountain biker at heart I have been riding on the road since the foot and mouth outbreak in the late '90s. Not a classic club trained road rider I'm somewhat of a lone wolf, preferring to ride at my own pace and that suited with the time restraints of a young family. The last few years have seen a renewed interest in road cycling, I suppose that is putting it lightly, road cycling has taken over with lots of new cyclists and mountain bikers taking to the road and loving it. There's even a road scene in Ripon and hopefully I'm somewhere at the centre of it with our weekly summer evening Moonglu club rides. 

It was through road riding and the shop that I met Dave and we quickly became friends and riding buddies. We both shared a passion of cycling that went well beyond the recent renaissance. Dave had ridden in the Pyrenees and we quickly hatched a plan together with a mutual friend Rob to make the trip to the Alps and sample some of the famous climbs. 

We had a bucket list based on our accommodation in Briancon. We could hit The Alp on the way up the valley from Grenoble, then take on the Galibier and the Izoard during the stay. We had grand plans of riding the route of the Marmotte, an annual epic over 5 big mountain passes finishing with an ascent of Alpe D'Huez. Oh, they were grand plans!

The trip was made in June 2012, we set off after I closed the shop and hit the motorway for an 11pm Euro Tunnel train. After that we drove tag team through the night and arrived in Bourg D'Oisans at the foot of Alpe D'Huez in the early morning. Tired and hungry we found some thick French coffee and bread, all we could find in the village. It wasn't the ideal start to our first Alpine climb but it was better than an empty stomach. We got changed in a car park, built the bikes that had been expertly packed into the back of the Moonglu van and hit the road. I don't remember too much about the climb, I remember 3 distinct sections with some steeper 10% ramps and not feeling my best but we made it to the top, not a Strava record but we rode together and celebrated with more caffeine in one of the many cafe's.

Next we had to descend the same road, pack up and drive for another hour to Briancon. What came next was like an out of body experience, I had never felt anything like it, I let the brakes off and we flew down the mountain. Dave and I had done a lot of riding together and our descending skills were similar. After the first half mile stretch we turned the first hair pin and rode together all the way down, swapping places and knowing glances, we were loving this. Below is the GoPro footage from that descent, we didn't rank high on Strava for the climb, we did rather better on the descent.


After settling in at Briancon we rode the Izoard on day 2, a beautiful climb through pine forests that opens out almost into a lunar scape then finishes with great views and a monument at the top.

After lunch at the mountain top cafe, another fast descent followed all the way back down into Briancon. These were nice open roads, the thrill of speed was still there but although the descent wasn't as technical at the Alp, it was no less enjoyable. 

Day 3 was our big day, our highest climb on the trip, the giant Col du Galibier. It was a climb right from our doorstep, all the way up a road already classified as a Col, the Lautaret. The Lautaret is a steady climb all the way but a busy tourist road and main access route to rural France so we tucked in and tackled it in formation.

The Galibier is different again, we peeled off the main road and looked up at a proper mountain road, sweeping its' way up the valley. This climb is up there with the greats and it is a cycling mecca, we weren't alone and it was a great feeling passing others toiling their way to the top. The top felt like the top of the world and the view on both sides was amazing. We had been blessed for our entire stay with unbroken sunshine and high season temperatures, this was road cycling as it was meant to be. 

The geography dictated that we had to return on the same road that we came up. If Alpe D'Huez had felt crazy, the descent of the Galibier was the most fun I've ever had on a bike. A beautiful open descent, passing other cyclists and cars like they were stood still, there is a section where I've probably never ridden so fast. I don't know what speed I registered that day but it must have been knocking on 60mph at some point, a truly awesome experience, one I shall never forget and never tire of watching the video. 


That was definitely the highlight for me, on Day 4 we rode to the famous ski station across the Italian border in Sestriere and had a lazy day 5 watching the local builders make a balls up of fixing a veranda and also a climb up the local Col du Granon. 

Hopefully you will see Moonglu isn't just a business venture to me. Cycling and bikes are everything, my life's work, my passion and my hobby, I love all things bike. If you get the chance to go and ride these mountains, do it, life is too short.  


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February 22, 2015 by Neil Dunkley
Tags: Road

A Wheel Building History.

As owner of Moonglu I am responsible for all the hand built wheels. In a career of 10 years I have taught myself to build wheels from scratch, first practicing on my own mountain bike wheels and progressing to build a reputation for high quality wheel builds that have been sold all over the world. It has been a progression with ups and downs but as is my way I have gone back to the drawing board, researched and practiced until I have reached a level that I am happy with. I intend this blog post to be informative and maybe offer some insight into the world of wheel building and maybe pass on some hints and experience to would be wheel builders both amateur and professional.

Where it all began

It started with a pair of Hope XC disc hubs on a set of Mavic 717 Disc rims for my own bike, back in 2004 these were the default mountain bike XC wheels. My starting point was the DT Swiss Wheel Build Calculator. This was before I had any appreciation of how to measure hub dimensions and rim ERD. At the time the DT web based calculator stored information for various hubs and rims in addition to the information for DTs own products. 

With the spoke lengths provided all I had to do now was lace up the wheels and true them, easier said than done! I didn't have any idea where to start, so I thought the easiest thing to do would be to copy a wheel from the shop. At first this served me well, I managed to lace up the first 8 spokes on the 32 hole wheel. I had no idea at the time whether I had started in the correct place or side and how the valve hole was going to sit.

Next I encountered my first problem, the 9th hole, probably something that trips a lot of beginners up. I thought that I was copying the stock wheel and proceeded to lace the opposing hub flange without any thoughts that my 9th spoke positioning was wrong. In fact, I continued to lace the wheel up and start truing it up. I had watched my then business partner Jody true up wheels and his hands were often a blur of twisting. I added some tension but by spinning the wheel in our Park Tools truing stand I quickly realised that that something was drastically wrong, the wheel was badly over to one side and very up and down, time to speak to Jody.

One look and Jody confirmed that I had laced it up wrong and it all came back to the 9th spoke, back to the drawing board. I stripped it down, started again and promptly did the same thing again, despite really focusing on that 9th spoke position. I can't remember whether I actually got there with those wheels, I suspect Jody laced them up, I attempted to true them and he finished them off. 

Fast Forward

After my first failed attempt I didn't get involved much with wheels beyond an odd spoke repair on a customers bike. Jody was the main wheel builder and to be fair as a business we didn't build many wheels. When Jody left in 2007 we took on an apprentice in our workshop with the promise that we would put him through his Cytech training, this included a full DT Swiss wheel building course. Sam proved to be a revelation and with a passion for all things bike he flew threw his Cytech level 1 & 2 and his wheel building course, I still had no need to build wheels. 

Sam left for pastures new in 2010 and this left a big hole in our workshop. As a busy bike service and repair centre Moonglu has a fantastic reputation for their knowledge and work on bikes. Good staff are hard to find and despite looking we didn't find the right person to take control in the workshop. After a couple of years mainly taking care of the shop front I decided that I had to step back into the workshop and get my hands dirty again. 

I cannot explain it easily but my brain just works for bikes, I have an interest in all types of bikes, the  components, how they work, how I can fix them and how I can make them work better. It doesn't work for all things, I am baffled by cars, electrics and building things but it does work for bikes. This is where it all stems from and why I've ended up owning a bike shop. 

The time coincided with a changing cycle market and a rapidly growing internet. We had set up our first ecommerce website and wasted lots of time populating the website with products that everyone else out there was also selling. It's a difficult and often cut throat place to do business and unless you stand out from the crowd you're just another faceless website. I thought long and hard about how to draw in customers who wouldn't usually give us the time of day.

Hope Technology had recently bought a very expensive wheel building machine and started supplying pre built wheels with their legendary Pro 2 mountain bike hubs. Their wheel business grew rapidly to a point now where I believe it's their biggest area of growth.  

This also coincided with the time that mountain bike wheels evolved. Stans NoTubes introduced their small range of tubeless compatible rims and tubeless sealant. Although slow to take off they gradually established their wheels as the benchmark upgrade wheel on the market. As they were only available in rim format these were ripe for wheel building and paired with Hope Pro 2 hubs created the perfect website niche for unique products. Hope initially offered their wheels with either Mavic or DT Swiss rims and only offered them with black hubs, so we decided to start with the Stans Crest, Arch and Flow rims with the option for any hub colour.  


Dawn of a true wheel builder.


I am quite methodical and this was the start of true wheel building. My starting point was a bible of wheel building, The Art of Wheel Building by Gerd Schraner. I digested this cover to cover then decided to have a go using the techniques outlined. This book had been used when Sam had attended the DT Swiss wheel building assessment at Cytech and when he came back he adopted their methodology. I had watched him in action and compared to the way I had started years ago, their method involving lacing the whole of one flange first, caused me totally confusion, I couldn't get my head round it (I still can't!). 

Time to revisit my nemesis, the 9th spoke and really get to the bottom of it. If I was to build wheels and build wheels to sell I had to come up with a standard method that worked for me and refine to the point where I am happy with the method, the quality and the time per wheel.

To become a true wheel builder I also had to become comfortable with all types of wheel and learn the fundamentals, starting with measuring the hub and rim dimensions. There are 3 main dimensions to understand how to measure as they are the main measurements used to calculate spoke length.

  • Hub Flange Dimension - The distance (mm) between the opposing spoke hole centre on each flange.
  • Hub Flange Distance - The distance (mm) from the axle centre to the flange centre of each flange.
  • Rim Effective Rim Diameter ERD - The distance (mm) between opposing spoke holes, measured to the point where the nipple sits in the rim under tension. There's a useful video here to measure rim ERD.

There is an old fashioned way to work out the spoke lengths from this point but with internet access to hand in the shop I decided to use a quicker method, back to the DT Swiss spoke calculator. Armed with this information, the calculator will work out the most suitable left and right spoke lengths for your chosen hub and rims combination. 

I had the hubs, I had the rim and now I had the correct spoke lengths. I could at least take this method forward for all my wheels regardless of component brand. If I could master the build, nothing should be beyond me. 


Building Technique

I knew the key to building wheels to sell would be a robust method and a final product that adhered to the rules of wheel building. I needed to pay particular attention to where the valve hole was positioned and how the spokes were laced in each type of wheel. This differs from front and rear wheel and is also affected by disc equipped hubs. I also wanted a signature finish, the hub logo had to be lined up with the valve hole. If i was going to do this, I wanted to do this right and this was and still is a hobby horse of mine. I almost always look at the Hope factory wheels to check if they are lined up, they almost never are! 

For one reason or another, probably force of habit I usually build the rear wheel of a pair first. 



To be continued. 

I intend to cover the following topics:

Factory Wheels

Factory wheels have been around in the mainstream since Mavic releases the Ksyrium road wheels and Crossmax mountain bike wheels in the late '90s. Before then high end wheels had usually been hand built in a traditional configuration. Mavic changed everything with their proprietary hubs, spokes and rims, designed together to work as a wheel system. Fast forward 20 years and most big brand wheel manufacturers produce wheels in a similar way, using custom hubs, spokes and rims. They are now everywhere, whether it's Mavic, Shimano, Fulcrum or Campagnolo, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

I'm certainly not against factory wheels, they're impossible to overlook as the manufacturers push down the weight and create fantastic 'looking' wheels.   

Tools of the Trade

Reading Material



Neil Dunkley is the owner of Moonglu and responsible for all the wheel building. Neil is self taught and has been building wheels for 10 years. Over this time, he has honed his technique and consumed many hours of reading material. The views and methods expressed in this blog are his own. 

August 31, 2014 by Neil Dunkley

Cycle Routes around Ripon and the Yorkshire Dales

Yorkshire Grand Depart

To celebrate the Grand Depart of the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire in 2014, Moonglu have decided to share their favourite cycle routes in the area. Owner Neil has been riding in North Yorkshire for many years and has built up a knowledge of great bike ride routes around the city of Ripon and further afield. It is anticipated that millions will travel to Yorkshire to watch the Tour live. Aswell as the many Brits that will come to the area to stay and watch the Tour from the roadside, it is very likely that cycling fans from around the world will also come to the area. Many will want to stay awhile, view our beautiful county and maybe see some of it on their bikes. If you plan to stay in the Ripon area, hopefully these routes will help you get around. Below is a list of routes that have been published by Neil on Ride with GPS. The routes have detailed descriptions and can be downloaded to paper or onto the leading GPS devices such as Garmin and Bryton.



Moonglu Club Run

The Moonglu Club Run is now our classic route and a great after work 22 mile blast with a flowing start, some good climbing in the middle and a fast run in back to the shop in Ripon. The route can also be found through this link: Moonglu Club Run

Boroughbridge Loop

A comfortable 17 mile loop starting in Ripon and heading out through Littlethorpe to the beautiful village of Bishop Monkton. Taking the first left through the village, the road becomes a lane and heads out on a quietly across to Roecliffe. Once through Roecliffe, go under the A1 Motorway and into the riverside market town of Boroughbridge. Follow the route through Boroughbridge and take the road across to Skelton on Ure, past Newby Hall and back towards Ripon. The last mile will bring you past Ripon Racecourse and back into the centre, past Ripon Cathedral. The route can also be found through this link: Boroughbridge Loop

Leyburn Loop

One of my favourite longer loops, heading out of Ripon past the shop and onto the Kirkby Malzaerd road. A gradual climb all the way to Grewelthorpe is rewarded with stunning views across Wensleydale and a descent into Masham. Masham is a great place for a mid ride coffee stop with numerous cycle friendly cafe's or if this is too early for a stop, continue onto the A6108 Leyburn road. There's 2 more great stopping points at the side of this road, Brymor Ice Cream parlour and Jervaulx Abbey tea rooms. You're also now on the route of the 2014 Tour de France albeit, in reverse, this road will be used as the run in of Stage 1 coming down Wensleydale from Leyburn, to Masham then Ripon and finally across to Harrogate. The road up the south side of the Ure valley also offers great views of the hill side town of Leyburn and the limestone outcrops that dominate the valley further up. Both Middleham, famous for it's castle and race horses and Leyburn are great stop off points. The long gradual climb up the valley is now rewarded in full with a gradual descent down the north side all the way to Bedale. Straight through the small market town and it's mainly flat, on quiet roads all the way back to Ripon. The Leyburn Loop can also be found through this link: Leyburn Loop

Vale of York

A great ride if you fancy staying away from the hills of Yorkshire. The first 15 miles follow the route of the Way of the Roses, a Sustrans Coast to Coast route. Heading out of Ripon using the same route as the Boroughbridge route above, it continues south east out through the small villages of Upper and Lower Dunsforth, over to Great Ouseburn. Once through Ouseburn, turn left and over the small toll bridge (free to cyclists) over the river Ouse and into Aldwark. The route now turns back north towards Helperby and Cundall. The great thing about this ride is you'll have the roads to yourself, the majority  of the ride is on quiet lanes and the stretch through Cundall, Norton Le Clay and over to Marton le Moor is reminiscent of Paris Roubaix. Although not offering many stop off points, the route can be easily ridden in reverse or extended through numerous other villages. If ridden in reverse, La Rascasse in Boroughbridge is a great coffee stop and cyclist friendly.   The Vale of York ride can also be found through this link: Vale of York

Dallowgill and Brimham Rocks

Another popular Thursday evening Club Run ride and another ride that's great either way round. We usually head out towards Kirkby Malzaerd, though Laverton and up onto Dallowgill Moor. This is a nice gradual climb that gains most of the ride's height. The climb levels out in dense heather moorland, a beautiful sea of purple in summer, dives through a valley and heads down to Fellbeck. A short climb back out of Fellbeck and you're skirting Brimham Rocks, a popular National Trust beauty spot. This is the start of a fast descent on quiet roads to the back of Fountains Abbey, another National Trust site and World Heritage site. We usually use the access road past the Fountains visitors centre as it is a much better tarmac surface. The ride ends with a further descent back into Ripon. By far the best place for a stop is the visitors centre at Fountains Abbey with a great National Trust cafe and shop with safe bike parking and even a repair station. The Dallowgill Brimham Rocks ride can also be found through this link: Dallowgill and Brimham Rocks These routes will continue to be updated, please come back and check. If you plan to visit Ripon or the surrounding area and would like advice on routes or places to see by bike, contact Neil by phone on 01765 601106 or by email at: info@moonglu.com Looking for somewhere to stay on the Way of the Roses? Pateley Bridge is a great place for an overnight break, we can highly recommend Talbot House bed and breakfast located on the main street in Pateley Bridge. Book a room by calling 01423 711597 or visit their website www.talbot-house.co.uk
January 30, 2013 by Neil Dunkley