that would be me.
went into denver this am, going to bike depot, a non-profit lbs. stopped for a couple of gyros at a new place and saw a sidewalk sale next door. they had 3 used tires, my size. ooooooo. i bought a dyno something with lotsa tread left for this winter. no cuts, no sidewall failing. $3!
got to the shop, got a station and proceeded to 'true' the back wheel. i saw a park tension meter on the wall and used it to see what the average tension was. (you wrenches KNOW what happened next. like giving a five year old a hammer). i got the
non-drive side set at 20 lbs and the drive side at 25 lbs. gave it a proud spin and.......
lawsy me. looked like a still-drunk wino had done it. biblical case of wobble. it was alllllll
over the place. i had 'falsed' the wheel, terminally, i feared.
hmmm, i had read a couple of books that covered the subject. i suspicioned i missed something. time for help.
an employee took pity on me, came to look, and like to died when he spun the wheel.
what the hell happened here?
then i told him about the tensionmeter. i think he got a headache , but was very kind and started tweaking it. a couple of minutes later it was better than when i came in (and it was pretty good at that time) and he s'plained what he was doing and did it slow so i could put the info into my feeble mind. told me relying too much on numbers can get someone into trouble. tensionmeter is for folk more advanced than me (that would be most of the entire world) and said the same went for the 4 wheel alignment gauges i had been fondling. 2 of those french ones (different models) and 2 different park (portable and fixed). but i waaaaaaaant them!
well, guilt drove me to buy another (spare) brake cable and i ponied (ponyed?) up $5 for their pizza kitty. he was much pleased. his headache seemed to have dissipated.
i took a much-needed lunch break (the gyros) and whilst so engaged i saw a feller older than me pull up in something like a toyota echo. opened the back and started pulling on a bike wheel. the thing grew and grew. freaking out, thinking it was one of the surly moon bikes (monster balloon tires). the car looked like it was giving birth. whatever it was stuck and he was having a very hard time. i went to help and darned if the thing being birthed wasn't a sears ted williams free spirit adult trike. i'm thinking late 60s, early 70s. rough, but fixable. i lifted it out (now i'm a midwife) and he pushed it to the door which i held open after moving half the store displays. this thing is w-i-d-e. going to be his grocery and very short trip transport. works for me.