Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by John the Monkey, 28 Feb 2008.
first you got to buy a vice, which, to be honest, is more expensive that a wheel truer itself
That's quite a nice website - I hope they add more content along the same lines.
I guess if you don't have a vice (and for that matter a spare fork) then it is expensive, but a lot of enthusiasts would have both. I like some of the other designs more - I can imagine that many home-brew stands would be more rigid than a cheap truing stand.
For trueing a wheel, the simplest method is to do it in situ with the brake blocks as a guide. I never faff about with the stand unless I am building a wheel.
Suggest you take the tyre and tube off if you're doing it in situ and the run out is anything more than really trivial. My adjustment just pulled one spoke head a little high - result 2 punctures ....
you may be pleasantly surprised.
There are many ways to straighten a wheel and I've tried quite a few of them. You can true the wheel fairly well but if you really want it perfectly straight and round you'll really need to get a purpose built jig - Minoura offer a good one for about £60. If you've got plenty of time other options are a lot cheaper (even free) and can produce fairly good results.
I forgot to mention - experience and practice are more valuable than any sort of jig! Take your time and make small adjustments each time.
A purpose built jig makes building and truing quicker to do, but you can build a perfect wheel in the forks. As long as you have two reference points the whell will be as good as the builders ability to assemble it.
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