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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. It is very nice when you resurrect a wheel and get it running evenly. A simple pleasure, but very rewarding.
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  2. Ajax Bay

    Ajax Bay Über Member

    East Devon
    Plus one to Flying Dodo's sentiment.

    On 'plucking' to detect tension, for those of us with old wheels (mine are the 'original' as supplied 36 year old Weinmann rims and hubs, but by no means the original spokes (probably only half)), it's worth a quick but systematic pluck check on a regular basis. This will detect a loose spoke, and possibly a very tight one, and in extremis a broken one that has gone un-noticed because the (normally rear) wheel did not go out of true enough to rub on the brake shoes on your last ride.

    I've seen no reference to the need to give the trued wheel a good (across the diameter) squeeze - two hands and waist - to free up twisted spokes and crossing points.
  3. loveandpeace1

    loveandpeace1 Well-Known Member

    Sorry guys haven't read the whole thread. Is a "spoke tension meter" a must ?.
    All the best
  4. Ajax Bay

    Ajax Bay Über Member

    East Devon
  5. Tom B

    Tom B Senior Member

    So today I've tried to bunny hop a drain on my commuter and landed rather clumsily and smashed a sufficiently large flat spot into the wheel that I can feel it on every rotation.

    Is this a blip? Is it repairable or am I looking aa new rim?
  6. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

    So wheel truing and plucking - I've tuned my guitars by ear for nearly thirty years, does this mean I can reuse this skill to tune/true my wheels?
  7. Should be repairable. After all, you've got nothing to lose by having a go. Search out some YouTube videos.
  8. I've heard some nice tunes played on a bike wheel, so yes!
  9. Tom B

    Tom B Senior Member


    View: https://youtu.be/cNxc9RvJ9SY

    Decided to edge my bets... Ordered a new wheel and borrowing a truing stand. I am not sure the stand deals with the "bounce" of the wheel as it is a home made jobby.
  10. RichardB

    RichardB Slightly retro

    West Wales
    A decent stand should be able to measure out-of-round as well as side-to-side, likely just a case of moving the measuring stick thing. However, IME dealing with a flat spot is far harder than a sideways wobble (my experience is motorcycle wheels. not bicycle wheels, but same principles) as the rim will have taken a 'set' with the impact rather than just being vaguely out of line. I would be budgeting for a new rim. However, if the rim ends up being scrap, you can experiment to your heart's content and probably learn a lot about truing a wheel.
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  11. Poacher

    Poacher Gravitationally challenged member

    Yes! Prime demonstration here:
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  12. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

    Heheh. That's where I got the idea from! ;)

    In an earlier scene she uses a tuning fork on the table.
  13. GuyBoden

    GuyBoden Fat, old bloke, on an old bike, pedalling slowly.

    I like it, wheel truing by ear seems to improve concentration, similar to a meditation exercise.........
  14. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

    Accra, Ghana
    Only if you want to play 'Stairway to heaven' on your front wheel.

    Be interesting to see someone play an 'air wheel' for a change.
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  15. dbeattie

    dbeattie Well-Known Member

    I just got a hold of a truing stand last week. I made a base for it yesterday. So last night I had a go at getting a wobble out the front wheel. Quite pleased with the result. I was less confident about the back wheel because the bike shop man who replaced a spoke for me said he had done his best and there would always be a flat bit on the rim. Anyway I had a go at it and again I'm quite pleased with it. I took the bike for a short ride and it feels much smoother. I've got the brakes working better because the wheels don't wobble now. So I'm chuffed!