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Old 08-03-07, 04:48 PM   #1
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wheel wobble

Hi,
Recently I've noticed that my front wheel seems to be wobbling, for lack of a better word, ever so slightly. The reason I noticed it is because I could hear one of the brake pads just barely rubbing against the rim every time the wheel would roll to a certain point. It's not that I can't ride, obviously, but it is getting irritating, and I don't want the brake pad to wear down prematurely.
At first I thought I'd placed it in the arms crooked, so I unscrewed it, took it out and put it back in. No good. I've turned the bike over and spun the wheel to see if I could figure out where the trouble is, and I've found the spot, but the wheel doesn't appear bent or anything.
Could someone recommend something else to check for before taking it in? I don't mind taking it, but I'd like to start being able to do minor repairs/maintenance myself if possible. Thanks in advance.

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Old 08-03-07, 04:53 PM   #2
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Your wheel needs to be trued (adjust the spoke tension). It should be fairly cheap, and I would not recommend that you do it yourself.
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Awesome, thanks for the quick reply.
Is that something that just happens, normal wear and tear, because I haven't run into anything? Although, I've gone over some driveway lips in the neighborhood that aren't exactly smooth.
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It happens periodically. The frequency depends on the quality of the wheel, the quality of the build, your weigh & riding style. Of course, hitting big potholes and the like doesn't help much either.
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I recommend that if you are the type that wants to learn to do basic maintenance and repair, that you DO it yourself! People are going to tell you to not mess with truing wheels if you don't know what you're doing, but it's really not hard at all. Just get online and read about it, get a spoke wrench with various sizes on it, and go at it. I am self-taught (with the aid of the internet), and have never destroyed a wheel as some people will try to make you believe you will. The most important thing is to just move slowly at first and don't make any major adjustments. Let us know how it works out.
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Your wheels may be machine built and not have the proper spoke tension. If you have a good wheel builder in town I suggest you take it in and have them retension the wheel. It will be worth the price...If they can do it while you are there you can see how they do it so you can do it next time. Under tensioned spokes often will backout (loosen) over time.
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If it's just a tiny bit, you should be able to do it yourself. just work in SMALL increments and don't get crazy.
Read through the procedure first.
http://www.parktool.com/repair/byreg...ageField2.y=13
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