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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. inkd

    inkd Senior Member

    Location:
    New Forest
    So after watching a few vids on youtube and reading the above I think im ready to give this a go tomorrow. Are there any pointers for a truing virgin? do I need to wd40 the nipples first? I have a wobble on the back wheel that is effecting the brakes. I found this video to be easiest to understand
     
  2. DooDah

    DooDah Über Member

    Hi Mickle,

    I too am after a decent spoke key to try to true a wheel. Your link does not work, but is there one on say Wiggle, CRC or Evans that you would recommend. Thanks.
     
  3. DooDah

    DooDah Über Member

    Thanks.
     
  4. Andrew_Culture

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    Is it sad to admit that I kinda miss wheel truing now that none of my wheels need it?
     
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  5. A question: how common is it for spoke holes in rims to be perfectly centred, i.e. not alternating between both sides of the rim? It looks like the spoke holes in the DT Swiss TK540 touring rims I just bought are the former, i.e. centred.
     
  6. simonplatt

    simonplatt Active Member

    Location:
    crewe
    good video that, i notice that he didn't mention getting the tensions right. i haven't done many yet, but i tend to look first for loose or broken spokes, then follow the method suggested. on completion i hold a piece of card or similar against the spokes, each side in turn which 'sounds' the tune of the spokes, i believe the vibration also removes any 'twist' in the spokes by loosening them slightly, so i check again for true and repeat the process until they all sound pretty much the same and stay in true.
     
  7. simonplatt

    simonplatt Active Member

    Location:
    crewe
    prompted me to get a better spoke key, i have a dozen or so multi gauge, so want some single gauge ie; 13. 14. 15 mainly the latter 2 which i most use, but they seem not to use gauges now they are either in mm or 'euro' size.
     
  8. Sterba

    Sterba Active Member

    Location:
    London W3
    I have found the Park Tools spoke key, a triangular item, to be very effective, its sizing is nice and tight so that it doesn't make the nipples round when you have to turn hard (because you didn't give the WD40 enough time to work its way through the thread)
     
  9. fabregas485

    fabregas485 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Harrow
    I replaced the tyres on my bike, and it sounds as if either the front or rear wheel wants to bend. It was fine before changing the tyres. Could it just be the tyres being worked in? (They are schwalbe durano plus)

    Spokes need tightening maybe?
     
    Last edited: 9 Sep 2013
  10. PpPete

    PpPete Veteran

    Location:
    Chandler's Ford
    I don't know how a wheel sounds when it wants to bend.
    Nor do I really understand the concept of a tyre being "worked in"

    My guess is that the spokes would have to be catastrophically loose if fitting a tyre was going to affect the trueness.
     
  11. fabregas485

    fabregas485 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Harrow
    Got the bike out yesterday, and the front and rear spokes had all loosened to the point the wheel was not true. Adjusted the spokes after watching a how to video and both wheels are now true :biggrin:
     
  12. psychology

    psychology Regular

    Location:
    Wirral
    Well, great article, I have printed it out as i have to true my front wheel this weekend. Wish me luck:eek:
     
  13. fabregas485

    fabregas485 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Harrow
    I feared truing my front wheel (and rear while I was at it) and it was a breeze. If you use your brake pads as a guide, you can see where the wheel is out of line and you can tighten/loosen it into the correct direction.
     
  14. kipster

    kipster Veteran

    Location:
    Hampshire
    Wish I had read this before building a wheel with a new front hub. I got the wheel straight but it has a very slight flat spot. Serves me right for not researching it properly.