Bicycle Mechanics - mail order wheel set
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06-15-09, 09:55 AM
I just ordered a new wheel set for my fixed gear from Bicycle Wheel Warehouse. I ordered Open Pros on formulas.
My question is, despite the quality or attention put into the hand build, do I need to do or have any work done to ensure trueness and lifespan of the wheels?
My plan is to ride em if they seem true and have my LBS true them in a few weeks if need be?
06-15-09, 10:50 AM
It would help if you told us from whom you got them. Some outfits make very good wheels that need very little adjustment. And some ship abortions in box. In either event - remove the quick-release skewer ad clamp - place wheel on side on floor - and, holding wheel on opposite sides of the rim, push it down. Move wheel 1/4 turn & repeat. Go around the wheel doing this. Then repeat on other side, flipping the wheel over. You may hear some 'pops' and 'sproing!' sounds. This is normal. It's called "Stressing the wheel."
Now where did you buy them and what type of wheels are they?
06-15-09, 10:51 AM
At the very least...check the bearings.
Tension or truing issues can be taken care of when you take them in for service, but if the bearings are too tight, you could end up destroying the hubs.
06-15-09, 11:17 AM
bicycle wheel warehouse. Open pros on formula hubs.
06-15-09, 11:27 AM
If they have to be trued in a couple of weeks - or months for that matter - then they were not properly tensioned and/or stress relieved in the first place. IMO wheels are a pretty important bicycle component and I'd consider it important to have any builders work checked if for nothing else than QA (except my builds of course). I build my own because I know what and how I do it and guarantee my work else I redo it for free. Buying wheels built by others requires vigilance until a level of trust is built. If I bought wheels built by others I'd at least pluck them to listen for uneven tension. I'd also measure the tension to make sure it was high but not too high. And if they were true that would be nice too, but that's a distant 3rd place behind one and two.
I agree with Bill.
Wheels are often undervalued on a bicycle. I know what a good wheel can be, and that's why I pay a professional to build a set that "stands" . . . once they leave the builder, they won't need touched as they stay true and round.
I doubt Bicycle Warehouse employs such professionals.
But, that won't help you now puppybagger.
I suggest you find a competent local builder who can go over the wheels, stress relieve them, re-tension, etc, BEFORE you start riding them. That's very important, before !
06-15-09, 05:07 PM
welp, that suggestion is basically what i was thinking. good to know for sure.
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