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Location: Santa Clarita, CA
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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.
Last edited by Richard_Rides; 09-07-08 at 03:17 PM.
Reason: Changed the word "break" to "brake" because I didn't break nuthin.