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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 09-07-08, 02:58 PM   #1
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I trued my own wheel

Ok, so I've mastered adjusting my derailers and brakes. A few weeks ago I bought a "racing" wheel from Nashbar and and put my cassette on that and have about 400 miles on that wheel.

This morning I noticed the wheel is out of true, so I read from Sheldon's site and Leonard Zinn's book on how to true my wheel. I have a pretty good set of Park bicycle tools so I broke out the spoke wrench and went to work. I clamped the bike into my work stand and just used the brake shoes to eyeball my progress. In about 3 minutes I got the wheel within half a millimeter of perfect. I don't have a truing stand so I figured on the bike is good enough.

I went for a 25 mile ride and checked the wheel and it is still right where it was before my ride, so that's a good sign.

The LBS charges $50 for tune ups and they adjust the brakes, shifters and true the wheels. I've learned that I can do the same thing in about 15 minutes and actually do a better job.

Whoop! Whoop!

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Old 09-07-08, 03:07 PM   #2
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hrm... maybe i'll give it a shot before dropping $60 on a truing stand.
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Old 09-07-08, 03:35 PM   #3
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theres just something about working on your own bike that makes cycling that much more enjoyable. I only wish I still had my stand. I'm gonna have to buy another one now that Im riding again.
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Old 09-07-08, 05:31 PM   #4
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I paid $30 for my cheapo truing stand at Peformance. The shops have high dollar stuff. Their wheels last me 10 months at most, mine 3 years and over 15,000 miles no problems. Not the high end equipment, it's the TLC!

One thing I do is use a Sharpie pen to make a black dot on the spokes involved. When I turn the nipples, I make sure that the spoke don't run with it causing a bind-up. One thing I've noticed when shops service my wheels. While riding they click and tick. Then I know there is a problem, more than likely the azzhats bound up a spoke!
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Yeah, I've read about that, turn the nipple, then back off a little bit to untwist the spoke... I've been to 2 of the best bike shops in town and have been disappointed. Each shop has an excellent mechanic who is assisted by a mob of salivating goons. You never know who is going to work on your bike, there's no consistency.

Doing things yourself is better.

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Doing things yourself is better.

PS: Post more pics of Mrs. Beanz, she's the only reason I visit this forum.
Mrs Beanz? I only take pics of the trail, she just happens to be in the way. Like this one I call "The Wooden Bridge"....She didn't ride this weekend, was sick all week.
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Tell her I said "get better".
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