Spinning Wheel Hoardom


Yes, I’m a spinning wheel whore now.

Okay. Let me clean that up a little…I’m a spinning wheel hoarder. Isn’t she purty?! 


You may remember, this was my latest wishlist wheel. As I once told you, I don’t know how many wheels will be enough. There are so many spinners out there that collect wheels and they will sell a wheel to get a wheel.  Af for me, I have yet to sell a wheel. Don’t know that I ever will. I love them all and I wants all the wheels! I do love portability though. I have an affinity for wheels that will go with me to the ends of the earth. So, when I see one, my eyes get big like saucers and it immediately becomes my quest in life to own one.

Once upon a time, I wanted a crafts room.  And I got it.  I do a lot in that room. But, I just don’t sit in that room for extended periods of time. That may change someday and, eventually, I’m sure I will want a wheel that only stays put for it when it does (hint, that’s called foreshadowing). But, as it is, I spin in different areas and different seats right now. If I can’t carry a wheel out of my craft room, I just won’t use it.


Enter a wheel like the Roadbug by Merlin Tree. I got this wheel from the Woolery from a friend that bought it for me.

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I got it on Wednesday, of course. Wednesday nights are midweek service at my church and the night before my grad class I take toward teacher certification. So, I had very little time to really play around with her when she first arrived. I was able to snap a few shots of comparison with what has been my favorite travel wheel, the Ashford Joy.


The DT Roadbug actually appears in this photo that its footprint might average out to be the same as the Joy. But, I’m guessing when the Joy is unfolded, its works out to be a smidge tinier.


Look at the difference in height!

Just like the Joy, it has an on board attachments like a Lazy Kate and holders for additional bobbins…


…an orifice hook…


…and additional whorls (the Joy’s whorl sizes are non-removable because they are integrated into the design of the wheel/the RB’s need to be switched out when a new ratio is desired).


Unlike the Joy, the RB has a huge canvas for artwork and an attachment for a small oil bottle. Useful and cute! I’m still trying to figure out if I want a color or image on my wheel. I can tire of those things easily. I may have to wait until I’m able to order another of these first before I decide to give one up to embellishments like that.

Another great thing about the RB is that it can be a single-treadle wheel if you want. You can take one of the treadles right off!


Taking that treadle off makes this a perfect size for small tote bags. It’s shaped like a foot! How cute! Now, I think that’s probably about as much cute as I can take (the hand from the original HH may have done me in-hey different strokes for different folks). But, I really do like how these little additions set it apart from other wheels.


It’s amazing how it all fits in there-with some fiber on top! I do intend to get a canvas tote for it, once I’ve decided whether I want this one from the Woolery or this one with orange handles from LL. Bean. You know orange is my favorite color ever! We’ll see if price over favorite color wins out. But, this bag was $1.99 from Joann Fabrics and it works for now.

Well, after all those photos, I couldn’t just leave her unspun, could I? Five minutes couldn’t hurt, right?


As you know, I decided to join a fiber club and I really wanted this RB’s maiden spin to be with fiber from the club. But, as that shipment won’t go out until the end of the month, I decided I would practice on some fluff I already had so that when it does get here, there’ll be no hitches. You like how I did that, right? 😉

There’s always a lot going on in my world lately so I had to spin on it on my lunch break and I got a chance to find out just how easy taking it around was for me. I found that transporting and spinning was done just as easily with the RB as the Joy. Loved it! I’ve heard a lot about the noisiness of these wheels. But, you know, I didn’t even really notice much noise. It’s only my first few spins, so that could change as it gets older. But it sounds like any other wheel, really.

Plying was another story.

I found that attempting to chain ply on the RB was a little difficult at first. The Lazy Kate sits very close to the side of the wheel and I kept getting the singles caught in the flyer. I had some difficulty chain-plying on the Joy at first too, as I recall, so I wasn’t very deterred. But, until I figured I could sit right up on the RB, using my knee as a barrier, it was difficult to get a rhythm. I had to pay more attention to keeping the singles out of the flyer than the quality of the yarn that was being produced. But, once I started sitting a little closer, it was all good. Too bad that was near the end of the spin…


So, this first yarn is a little less stable than what I would have wanted. A little too squirrelly to me. So, there’s that. But, I’ve had a ‘Getting to Know You’ period with each of my wheels. So, I suppose this one wants my attention for a bit longer. No problem! All in all, it’s a great little wheel! I like! I like A LOT! Will it replace the love in my heart for the Joy? We shall see.

While waiting for that club shipment, I got a little goodie to tide me by for a little while.



Ready for another spin? I am! 🙂



EDITED: For those that are looking for a beginner wheel, I would have to point you in another direction other than The Roadbug. This is a cute, novelty wheel for those that enjoy spinning on-the-go and don’t mind having to stop every so often (and on some models more often) to tighten this up here or there. It’s not necessarily going to always be a seamless spinning experience, however. When you’re just trying to LEARN how to spin on a wheel, you need and will want more time spinning and drafting to get the hang of it first rather than spending time trying to get the wheel to its happy place. Again, although it would be possible to learn on it, I wouldn’t suggest this be your first wheel. Others that may be economical options that I have experience with and think would be easier to learn on than the Roadbug would be Schacht’s Ladybug or the Original Lendrum. They are beautiful spinners that will grow with you and have the ability to be somewhat portable. The Ashford Joy is a wonderful spinner with fixed ratios that is also very portable with a built-in Lazy Kate. It is a few hundred dollars extra, however. 


  1. So cute little wheel.. !!

  2. I love your new wheel!!! A couple people in my spinning guild have one of these. They look really cool!

    • I am so in love with this wheel! But I haven’t had it decorated yet. If I do, I think I would rather another artist do it. I like the idea of adding something else like spinning wheel artwork to my collection. That’d be pretty cool.

  3. Great report/review!!! I really enjoyed reading it!

    • Thanks Leah! I hope you are still enjoying your Joy! I still found that it was my fave amongst the Lendrum and the LB. But, I have to put the RB right up there with it at the moment. It’s so easy to take it anywhere. I feel like I could nearly spin all day!

  4. Eeeeeee!!! We are wheel twins now!!! I adore my Roadbug! It can get a little noisy sometimes, but I just oil it and tighten everything and it’s fine. I love my baby wheel, it’s all I need personally 🙂

    • This wheel is so cute! I’m going to give it another go for plying with the onboard Lazy Kate and see how I like that. But the spinning is lovely to me. I just loves a compact wheel!

  5. Awesome! It is a cute little thing!

    • I love it! But I do wonder if I should pimp it out or not. I don’t want to do it and then get bored with the look. But some of the woodburned wheels look crazy awesome! Going to give that more thought…

  6. Congrats on your new wheel! The new fiber looks amazing, can’t wait to see how it spins up.

  7. I love your new wheel, it is very cute! Looking forward to seeing future yarn from it.

  8. marlene toerien says:

    You lucky girl, I wish I can try out a road bug, but living in South Africa limits your choice of wheels.

    • I’m curious, what kind of wheel choices do you have there? Also, I wonder if there isn’t a wood worker in your area that might be able to design and build a similar wheel for you?


  9. caityrosey says:

    I agree, there are so many nice options for decorating your little roadbug. It’s a cute little thing. I’ll be interested to see what you pick.

    • Me too. I keep thinking I want an extra just in case I get tired of what I put on it…I’m pretty sure either I would want it either all orange (like the solid color wheels they sell…except they don’t sell orange) – or I would want a woodburned design. AND I don’t want to have to send my wheel out for either…so there’s that. Once I get a wheel, you will have to pry it from my cold, dead fingers.

  10. I love your latest addition and trust me, you’re in good company 🙂

  11. Beautiful wheel! I just got my first yesterday (kiwi 2). I have to say people on youtube make it look so easy lol. I have a hard time getting my yarn to feed on. Ive tried adjusted the tension. It seems like it feeds on when I slow down? Now I hope I can find a local spinning guild 🙂

  12. Courtney Butler says:

    You have gotten me in so much trouble. I found your blog, and even though I recently purchased my Joy, which I really do love, I had to order the Roadbug. Though the approach is slightly different than my other wheels (four now) it really does spin well, and I am really going to enjoy traveling with it.

  13. Any tips you can share on the Roadbug? I’ve had one for about 9 months that I spin with on and off. At first I loved it but then crazy things started to happen…the shaft that holds the flyer would randomly unscrew and fall off event though it was tight enough when I started. The largest whorl would go wonky while spinning…like the rubber gasket would move around and cause it to go uneven. I have a hard time keeping a consistent feed in and loading of the bobbin-seems like I always get a big gap towards the wheel. I love the look of this little thing and the portability and yes, I tried it at a fiber show before I bought. If you would consider making some YouTube videos with any tips, that would be great because they are scarce…pretty much just wheel set up.

    • Hey there! Sorry just seeing this. Yes, while every spinning wheel can have its own quirks, the RB does have some peculiarities. It’s cute as a button! But I’d likely only take it along if I couldn’t take another wheel wherever I was going. The same issues you’ve had, I’ve seen others have with a Roadbug. On my own Roadbug, the treadle is what usually attempts to come off while spinning. The whorl tries on occasion too. But these things on mine seem to happen with such a regularity that I can guess when they’re going to do it. So, I just check periodically to be sure it’s secure before I know they’re due to act out. That said, some Roadbugs tend to have even more problems than others though…I can’t say whether that is due to the handling of the user (not as in user error, but there may be some who treadle lighter or harder…or some who may tension their wheels tighter so they may play a bit more tug of war with their yarns coming out of the orifice than someone who barely tensions theirs at all) or the wheel itself. I’ve sat in a class with someone where her wheel would seem to fall to pieces every five minutes and pedaling was difficult on hers where it wasn’t so much on mine. She had a much more fickle machine than mine. At the end of the day, if you want a long, leisurely spin, the Roadbug may not be the best choice. It can make you adapt to it rather than it adapting to you. I feel like it’s more for really rugged spurts of on-the-go spinning instead. The things that have made it easier for me to spin on it have been switching out the traditional flyer for the flyer with the sliding hook, checking every so often while spinning to be sure everything is secure and adjusting myself and my hands so that the spinning doesn’t get caught up in the machine while plying. Again, it’s a wheel that makes you come to it. Not the other way around, for sure.

      Hmmmm…I’ve never made a YT video before. I don’t know that you all would be able to hear me much. I’m a mumbled lol. But, I’ll give it some thought.


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