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Old 07-04-05, 08:47 AM   #1
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Untrue wheel left unfixed

An Independance Day questions for all horsemen of the land:

In the situation of a slightly (noticible, rubbing against brake pads) out of true rear wheel, would there be any long term ill effects of taking a ~120 mile round trip ride on a road bike? I have quick release V brakes and would be more than willing to open them for the duration, if this is a viable solution.

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Old 07-04-05, 08:54 AM   #2
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I sure wouldn't start a 120 mile trip with an out of true wheel. It's more than out of true, it has some spokes that are too loose and some that are too tight. You are likely to break spokes with it this way.

True it yourself (it's not difficult) or pay a LBS to do it for you, either way you want to at least START the trip with a true wheel.
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Old 07-04-05, 09:39 AM   #3
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Agreed. What may start as out-of-true could turn into numerous spokes getting so loose that you feel a loopy swaying motion just before the bike becomes unridable. Get true before the long ride.
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Uh, just pick up a spoke wrench $5, and true it yourself. It's a 15-60minute job depending on how bad it is and how slow you want to go + how perfect you want it to be.
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Just true it yourself. While it doesn't have to be PERFECT, if it is rubbing the brakes, it is significantly out of true...
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There is so much truth in this one forum alone!
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