I have an older Peugeot road bike (i suppose it is technically a touring bike, because it has loops for attaching racks and stuff, and wider forks), with a broken spoke on the rear wheel. The hub was a Maillard Helicomatic Hub, which was mentioned here:
Apparently its pretty bad, and in fact I did not have the tool to remove it, so I could not repair the spoke. I chose to get a new rear wheel (the entry level one), with a freewheel hub. Everything seemed ok, but I am noticing that the rear wheel is off-centre with respect to the frame. Now the nuts on the axle are symmetric, and fit withing the frame, but the rim seems to be offset (which i think is because the frame was designed for a helicomatic hub). Now I have two solutions for this: use a combination of washers to shift the hub slightly over on the axle, or re-dish the wheel in the right direction to shift the rim over. I have not measured it, but I think Im off centre by 3-5 mm or so.
My questions are:
Has anyone tried to centre a wheel using one of the mentioned methods?
Is there a better solution to my problem?
If I chose to re-dish the wheel, will it be a weaker wheel?
Is shifting 3-5 mm too far for a dishing techniques?
Please let me know of any advice! (Note: I do not know much about either method I mentioned, so any info will be appreciated)