New bike wonky wheel

gazza81

Senior Member
Location
Edenbridge
Hi guys, just picked up a merida tfs 300 for 120, its been out side for a few months but everything works well except the front wheel, is it possible to straighten myself as i dont really want to spend any money on it
 

Smokin Joe

Legendary Member
Have a look on Youtube for videos on truing wheels, it seems daunting but is quite straightforward. Even if you get it hopelessly wrong you won't do any damage and bike shops charge about £10 - £25 to true it for you if you end up going to one.
 

tom73

Über Member
Location
Yorkshire
simple LBS job to sort it out.
You can have a go at fixing it I thought it will no doubt end up at the shop after anyway.
So I just cut out the middle man and went to the shop. Cost me 5 quid but saved me a fortune on my sanity :laugh:
 

tom73

Über Member
Location
Yorkshire
Hope you get a similarly philanthropic shop owner like @tom73 :laugh:.
I used the local community bike project not the high end shop across town. I save that for the big jobs.
 

Ajax Bay

Veteran
Location
East Devon
Take the tyre, tube and rimtape off, and clean the wheel before visiting your LBS. That would make it easy for them to true it quite quickly, even while you wait if they're not too busy. But this offers you the opportunity to try your hand / learn and practise trueing a wheel. You'd need a(n inexpensive) spoke key and the best one (note: check nipple width) is:
https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/tools/spokey-pro-red-for-euro-us-spokes/
 
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gazza81

gazza81

Senior Member
Location
Edenbridge
Rather than start a new thread, does anyone know if it's easy and cheap enough to get a small dent out of a aluminium frame ?
It's a fairly old bike but I really like the frame style and I have a mate who paint sprays but I don't see the point in getting it painted if it has a dent in it that can't be repaired easily
 

si_c

Veteran
Location
Wirral
I'd get it stripped and use a touch of automotive filler if it's just a dent - you can smooth it out and then respray over the top.
 
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