Join Date: Oct 2004
Bikes: All 70s and 80s, only steel.
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Done. Thanks for the info all. There's still a little wobble, but for my purposes, that's good enough. Some of the spoke nipples seem pretty tight, and my wrench isn't the best (Lifu, multi-sized), so I think that with less than 1mm on ea. side, that's about as good as I can hope to get it with this fairly old Araya rim. My finals are over, and today was the chill out day, so I did as you all said, and took...my...time. Very good advice. Never spent more than 10-15 minutes at the wheel.
I'm now wondering what was going on when my LBS guy (he's just one) told me there was no hope for the front. It had lost a spoke, and I asked him to replace it; he did, then said that the rim was shot and untrue-able. I'm wondering, though, if he just meant he didn't have time to do all that work (it was pretty cold, he was working outside.) I don't see any huge dents or bends. Just a lot of hops and wobbles. I think that it was being ridden with the broken spoke and the previous owner hadn't realized it (I discovered the spoke myself--broke cleanly by the hub. Should I loosen everything up again and try it? If the rim is bent, should I try to get the bends out before re-tightening?
On the other hand: do I need to just throw the thing out and avoid souring myself on the experience by confronting a cascade of overwhelming frustration?
(I think I'm just in the mood to true.