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Old 07-17-11, 01:30 PM   #1
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Straightening a wheel

I have a 1990 Trek 330 with what i believe are the OG Alesa X alloy 622X15 wheel set. My front is ever so slightly bent. I'd like to keep the wheels on it. Is there a way of fixing the wheel at home or should i just take it tocmy LBS and have them fix it? If so what can i exspect to pay?
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Old 07-17-11, 02:04 PM   #2
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To do any type of wheel trueing, you'll need a spoke wrench, which is used to tighten or release the spoke nipples (between the spoke and rim) and you'll need to have a good idea of what you're doing or you'll make things worse. I recommend reading Sheldon Brown's wheelbuilding article, which takes you step-by-step through building a wheel from scratch, and so gives good advice on straightening out bends in the wheel.
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Whats the going rate at most bike shops for doing this?
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It depends on the overall condition, as they charge by time. It often cheaper if you bring the wheel alone without the tire. Some shops are much cheaper if the wheel is basically OK, needing just a touch up and it's bundled in with a overhaul or general bike tune up.

Otherwise figure it to be somewhere in the $10-$15 range for a basic alignment. Your best bet is to remove the tire and bring the wheel for a price.
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Very wheel. Thats what I'll do, thanks!
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