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Old 08-19-10, 05:36 AM   #1
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Negotiating wheel truing on a new bike purchase

When I am ready to purchase a new bike from a LBS, rather than haggle on price I was considering trying to negotiate for softer expenses and/or accessory discounts. One of the things that I thought about was wheel truing. In reading I have gotten the idea that most machine made wheels will need some attention in light of Clyde status. Is there a need to go through the wheel before a new bike leaves the store? Whether yes or no, is there then a normal follow-up period or break-in period when the wheels should be looked at? I know that it depends on amount of usage and road quality, but just trying to get a feel for what the typical window is.

Would I be out of line to ask for an initial wheel setup and then a retrue within the first six months?
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Old 08-19-10, 05:47 AM   #2
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No, you won't be out of line asking for that at all. In fact, that is the bennefit of buying from a local shop. You get your first tune up for free which includes a wheel retentioning. Just make sure you specify you want your wheels retentioned, not just trued. This tune up is usually done around the 300 mile mark. Most shops will give a discount on accessorys. It's been my expirience that 10% is the going rate.

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Just ask to borrow their wheel truing stand on occasion and learn to do it yourself.

Wheel truing is a lifetime skill for clydes.

I've seen so few people who are both good enough and have enough time to properly true a wheel, that it's better I just screw it up myself.
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You usually get a free 30 day tune up. Ask that the wheels be re tensioned then. Then do some reading and buy a spoke wrench. You will be able to get your wheels back to close enough if you knock them out of whack using your brake caliper.
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I attest to the risk of haing your LBS true your wheels. I went to the "best" in my area, and they did a terrible job. When I showed the how badly they messed up my wheels they offered lifetime truing for my wheels as an apology - but a lifetime of correcting someone's else's bad work it not much of a gift. It's something you'd be better off learning for yourself, imho.
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Ask for a free spoke wrench and basic truing stand instead.
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I attest to the risk of haing your LBS true your wheels. I went to the "best" in my area, and they did a terrible job. When I showed the how badly they messed up my wheels they offered lifetime truing for my wheels as an apology - but a lifetime of correcting someone's else's bad work it not much of a gift. It's something you'd be better off learning for yourself, imho.
Exactly! Been my experience as well.
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