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Old 03-30-07, 08:14 AM   #1
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trued my wheels for the first time

i got a flat and when i fixed it i noticed i had a pretty bad wobble. it was hitting my rear breaks it was so bad. So a coupole days later i decided to fix it. being a do it my self kinda buy i read the little chapper in ZINN and had the wheel fixed in about 15 min. i was very afraid about messing with the spokes becuase ive heard of stories about people who try to fix them but only end up making it worse

good to get some experiance...
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Old 03-30-07, 09:02 AM   #2
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Congratulations... Truing is not for the faint of heart,,,it does take some time and patience. I have done a little but the wheels I work on are on OLD bikes that have rusty parts (bikes that people give away) so sometimes I have to word a little harder at it. D I Y is fun ... peace
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Old 03-30-07, 09:08 AM   #3
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+1 on the congratulations. Truing is fun to learn, although it can be maddening, but you end up with a much better sense of how wheels work.
Note that you should loosen/tighten spokes in pairs (loosen on one side, tighten the same amount on the other side). This keeps the wheel from coming out of round.

As a further introductory (I assume the Zinn is good) it may be worth your looking at Sheldon Brown's wheelbuilding article, specifically the section on truing and tensioning.
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Do some wheels ever become, unable to be trued ?

I had one that I tried to true, but ended up taking all of the spokes out. The wheel rim is " out of round ". Is it possible to get it true ?
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Old 03-30-07, 12:26 PM   #5
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Do some wheels ever become, unable to be trued ?

I had one that I tried to true, but ended up taking all of the spokes out. The wheel rim is " out of round ". Is it possible to get it true ?
That's a very definite "maybe". It really depends on how badly the rim is bent and also on how good you are at making it right. If the rim is cracked or crimped forget it, time for a new rim. If the bend is gradual and smooth chances are it can be corrected.

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