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Mickle's tip of the - Season to be Jolly: Wheel truing.

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by mickle, 6 Dec 2011.

  1. I find with wheel-truing that it's very easy, and incredibly satisfying, to get it nearly right, but incredibly hard and frustrating to go that last little bit and get it spot-on. Just had a fairly enjoyable few hours attacking a kink and flat spot from a recent pothole incident, and replaced a few spokes along the way, but I'm still left with a persistent but smaller flatspot - although at least it no longer thumps on every revolution, but I know it's there. What's more, this talk of plucking spokes bothers me, as mine now sound like all the instruments of an orchestra before they've tuned up. Maybe it's back to the drawing board and my LBS.
     
  2. albion

    albion Veteran

    Location:
    South Tyneside
    "Tighten any spokes that seem to be loose, but only up to roughly the same tension as the others. This may or may not make the wheel more wobbly, "

    Maybe best avoided on old wheels. You could turn a 2 minute job into a long days worth.
     
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  3. Si_

    Si_ Regular

    Location:
    North East England
    i'd love to see the look on bike shop mechanics face now if you asked them to cut and thread a spoke...
     
  4. albion

    albion Veteran

    Location:
    South Tyneside
    The Haughton Cycles guy at Concorde still sizes them exact that way.
     
  5. Si_

    Si_ Regular

    Location:
    North East England
    really? i was under the impression that you shouldn't do that , particularly with butted spokes as it changes the relative lengths of the thinner part to the thicker part? I assume the cut and rethread method only applies to plain gauge?
     
  6. albion

    albion Veteran

    Location:
    South Tyneside
    Obviously if its an unusual length you have to go that way, rather than stocking way too many to be never used.

    I imagine you can also get different lengths of the thin part anyway so even there it may only be a change from a 'set perfection'.
     
  7. Shut Up Legs

    Shut Up Legs Down Under Member

    Aargh! Can't stop thinking about this thread. I've been thinking for a while now, that it would be nice not to have to rely on a bike shop to build wheels for me, so was thinking of buying the rims, spokes and hubs I'll need for the next pair of wheels on my commuter (the Vivente tourer), and building the wheels myself :hyper:. The only catch is that the front hub, since I use the bike for commuting every working day without fail, would have to be a new dynohub. I think I can live with that, though - I could just keep the old one as a spare, and use it for the subsequent wheel rebuild.

    Just 1 question (for now): the OP mentioned one of the required tools being a heavy-duty wire-cutter. Would these be suitable?
     
  8. Nope. Them's cable cutters. Spokes will destroy them. Wire cutters look like small bolt croppers - with kissing blades rather than a scissor action. But you dont really need them, only use them to chop the hub out. It's no more difficult to unscrew all the spoke nips, it just takes longer.
     
  9. Shut Up Legs

    Shut Up Legs Down Under Member

    Good, thanks for that :smile: . I have the mentioned cable cutters in my Park Tools AK-37 tool box, and I didn't want to ruin them by using them incorrectly.
     
  10. wiggydiggy

    wiggydiggy Über Member

    Reply so I remember to bookmark later

    Cheers Mickle^_^
     
  11. Kies

    Kies Guest

  12. Broadside

    Broadside Über Member

    Location:
    Fleet, Hants
    Mickle - that link no longer works due to a change on the i-ride website. I need to buy a spoke key, which one was it that you recommended?
     
  13. rideswithmoobs

    rideswithmoobs Guest

    Location:
    North West
    Just read this article and it gave me more insight into adjusting my wheels if they are out. One thing when I tried to adjust spokes today was the whole spoke turned so because they are like flat blades in the middle I could see them twist, now surely that aint right :wacko: cos they will break. The bike is only 7 months old so what am I doing wrong ? apart from been stupid sometimes
     
  14. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Did you oil the nipples?
     
  15. rideswithmoobs

    rideswithmoobs Guest

    Location:
    North West
    Erm, stupidly no because I figured hey would be pretty good as there new. WD40 at the ready tomorrow :rolleyes: