Insane Bicycle Mechanic
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: other Vancouver
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Originally Posted by KevinB
I want to learn how to do wheel truing and im ready to buy the tools. The question i have is should I use the rims on my bike that I prefer not to screw up or buy a really cheap pair new or used to practice on?
Time it takes is not an issue because were I live the weather is bad now. I just dont want to destroy semi expensive rims.
Start with a cheap, but not super-cheap, undamaged spare wheel. Ideally, it'll have an aluminum rim. See if you can buy something from Goodwill or similar charity. Practice loosening spokes, then tightening, and watch how much the rim moves with each turn, 1/2 turn, or 1/4 turn of the nipple. Also pay attention to how the amount of tension affects how much the rim moves for each turn of the nipple.
The only tool you really
need is a good spoke wrench. Perfectly good wheels can come off of a bike flipped upside-down, using the brake shoes for gauges. However, it's much easier to see what's going on with a professional truing stand, a workbench, and lots of light.
It takes plenty of practice, patience, and a certain amount of mechanical "feel" to learn wheel truing. If you screw up a practice wheel, c'est la vie! Hang it over the fireplace and call it "Art".
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