Completely Untrue

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by GAVSTER, 18 May 2008.


    GAVSTER Well-Known Member

    Apols if this is in the wrong section but pls indulge me ....

    I was having a fettle with my Dawes Galaxy earlier today.

    Back wheel appeared to be knocking on the brake pad and Gavster thought a little tinker with a spoke key would put it right. Sure enough one of the spokes was very slack and a few turns revealed that the wheel was revolving without knocking.

    This was the first mistake - this lucky fettling meant that I thought I was a wheel trueing genius and decided I would check the rest of the wheel to see if I could find some other 'loose' spokes. Sure enough I found a few - tightening them up and turned a fairly true wheel into a 'KP Disco'

    Is there anyway I can sort this myself or is it time to admit defeat and take it to LBS to get a pro to deal with it?

    Also - might I have b*ggered the wheel?
  2. cupoftea

    cupoftea New Member

    GAVSTER, you won't have b*ggered the wheel however getting the wheel true again will take a fair amount of time and in all honesty you wont get it perfect without huge amounts of time spent on it.

    In the past I've built wheels when I didn’t have the money to get it done, but I spend allot of time doing it.

    I'd advise the easy safe route and take it to a shop. The only downside is they might say the rims worn and you might as well get that replaced and then the costs start to mount.
  3. OP

    GAVSTER Well-Known Member

    Thanks for that.

    I thought that that might be the case.

    I should have stopped when it was looking good - Doh !!

    Anyway - I've got a couple of worn cables and the brakes need adjusting.

    Time for a full service methinks.

    *Note to self* spoke keys should not be used by idiots like me :wacko:
  4. MERV

    MERV New Member

    The Mile End Road

    Im sure I did something like this.:wacko:
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