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    Truing stands

    I am in the market for a truing stand. It will mainly be used at home for bike maintenance so I don't think I need to buy a real expensive type. Anyone have any experience with the type that mount to a repair stand? I have a good repair stand (Park) and they make one that mounts to the repair stand but you have to do one side and flip it over to check the other side. Not sure if this will be accurate enough and if I should get a dedicated truing stand.

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    Using a truing stand for checking dish is possible but problematic because slight variations in the axle position throws off the results.

    Here's how to build a dishing gauge for free.

    You need a flat table, (just about anything not very obviously warped is fine), three matching, short (old-fashioned) glasses and a stack of Quarters. If you're on a budget, you can substitute a stack of pennies.

    Place the three glasses to make a tripod to support the rim at roughly 120° (eyeball) apart. Lay the wheel on top and stack the quarters up to the shoulder of the locknut face (not the end of the axle). Flip the wheel and compare the height of the locknut.

    When you're finished, use the quarters to buy beer, pour into the three glasses and invite 2 friends.

    Now that the dishing issue is removed, feel free to but the least expensive stand that suits you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
    Using a truing stand for checking dish is possible but problematic because slight variations in the axle position throws off the results.

    Here's how to build a dishing gauge for free.

    You need a flat table, (just about anything not very obviously warped is fine), three matching, short (old-fashioned) glasses and a stack of Quarters. If you're on a budget, you can substitute a stack of pennies.

    Place the three glasses to make a tripod to support the rim at roughly 120° (eyeball) apart. Lay the wheel on top and stack the quarters up to the shoulder of the locknut face (not the end of the axle). Flip the wheel and compare the height of the locknut.

    When you're finished, use the quarters to buy beer, pour into the three glasses and invite 2 friends.

    Now that the dishing issue is removed, feel free to but the least expensive stand that suits you.
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    Top advice that is how I build wheels and true. I have a park t8 great sturdy not expensive. I happen to use two wood blocks perfectly even. Then a set of socket wrenches to get the measurement and feeler gage. Much more accurate the flipping wheel and I think a dish gage.

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    Quarters. Pennies. What are those? Some new kind of debit chip?

    Might as well tell people to lay their hands on a stack of typewriter ribbons, or aerogrammes, or fountain pen ink bottles, or - sigh. The times they are a'changing.
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    The bottom line is that all a trueing stand does is to provide you with a stable place to measure from.

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    Retro Grouch is absolutely right. I have the "truing stand" mount on my Park repair stand. It's decent. I say go with that. Or use your bike.

    I also have a Park TS-2 which is an expensive beast, but I love it. It's not worth the money for most people, but it's a pleasure. It speeds the process up by allowing me to change the positions quickly and easily.
    Please email me rather than sending me a private message. My address is noglider@pobox.com

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