Bicycle Mechanics - Sunlite Deluxe Truing Stand
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07-15-11, 05:14 PM
Hi all, I just received my stand and put it together(of course no instructions, I expected that). My question is ...does anyone know what the "hook" is for on the opposite end of the out of round gauge is. It kind of looks like a spanner. Just wondering if any one has a stand like this and is familiar with it. I looked on line with no luck. Thanks, John:thumb:
07-15-11, 09:11 PM
The hook acts as truing reference for lateral true on smaller wheels. My portable truing stand was a Minoura before they were called Minoura and they made this exact unit by Sunlite, only no hook. Later they came out with the new fangled tubular steel version of the Minoura you see these days. But the swing arm and different slots allow me only to do 26 inch and 700c/27 inch wheels. For smaller sized wheels with narrow over-locknut width, you might not fit the lower slots (gap is too wide) so you gotta put them on the top slots on the end. But then the truing knobs won't reach. Solution? A galvanized steel tie strip with holes (e.g. for frame houses or reinforcing wood garage doors, etc.) I sawed off a section about a 8 inches long and cut a slot in it and replaced the existing stubby gauge plate that's there. Let's you build 20 inch wheels and even smaller depending on your strip of steel. Good to see they modified to add a hook on the out-of-round gauge plate.
07-17-11, 09:43 AM
I, too, was wondering about the purpose of the 'hook' on the vertical indicator. I am planning to add end caps to the lateral indicators as a visual aid for my weak eyes, and to help avoid scratching rims. My stand also needs to have an adhesive rubber pad placed under one of the stand's 'feet'. It goes out of level when unfolded and the base 'rocks'. This stand works fine, but I would like to see some refinements made to the design. My previous stand was a Doniselli, purchased from Gene Portuesi's Cyclopedia sometime in the 1970's, so this truing stand is an 'upgrade' for me.
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