Join Date: Jun 2010
Bikes: Had a Surly Cross Check - was totaled in recent accident. Sadly now just a Fuji Crosstown as a backup bike.
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Humor thread - no questions asked - just a story - a sad but funny story
In this thread I asked about budget truing. I have no truing stand. I have no dish gauge.
So I used zip ties on my bike cut to use as feelers for scrapes. I got the wheel pretty true (per the post above). It kept bothering me that my brakes didn't seem to have the same gap as before and I measured the distance between triangle to rim on both sides of the dropout - and it was off. I have old fashioned horizontal drops on my Salsa Casseroll - so if it is all the way back, everything should be centered.
So I went digging and found that I could make a dishing gauge with three cans and a stack of quarters on the dining room table. After some odd glances from my wife, I found that my non drive side was higher than my drive side.
So I open the Zinn roadbike book again, and look up dishing. So I figure out which spokes I'm supposed to tighten - and I go around and do that. After a couple of tries the wheel now has the same amount of quarters under the locknut on both sides.
Feeling good I put it back on the bike, reset my feelers and guess what, out of true. So I true it up - and being paranoid I go and put it back on my dishing gauge. Ackkk! 1 quarter off. So I go back through the dishing thing and you guessed it - out of true again. So I rinse lather and repeat. Can you tell I'm a little OCD?
Did I mention my son was helping me? I think he muttered, noooooo! at one point. Finally I catch on that if I dish with 1/2 of a spoke turn and if I true with 1/4 of a spoke turn - the truth lies somewhere in the middle. So I've got a perfectly true wheel (I even corrected for my one vertical hop) that is dished with the same space. It only took 4 hours.
You know they say that nooone will love your bike like you. Sigh.