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    Should I be upset?

    So I just got my bike tuned up. My girlfriend just bought a 7.2 FX and I wanted to get a fresh tune up in my 7.3 so we would both have fresh smooth runnin bikes.

    I'm 3 miles into our first ride together and my spoke pops.

    I have never has this happen and I've web riding on the same trail for about a month with no problems.

    Should I blame the shop that trued the wheels or is this thing just "a way if the road" kind I deal?

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    I have never has this happen...
    Theres your answer. Dont get into flaming and blaming just yet.
    I'm betting the shop is gonna make it good.
    "Watch out for giants; they are boorish fools with tongues wagging, drunk upon their own words.
    They will try to teach you a lesson if given the chance, and you will stumble over their stinking feet."

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    Quote Originally Posted by dahut View Post
    Theres your answer. Dont get into flaming and blaming just yet.
    I'm betting the shop is gonna make it good.
    darn good advice..........
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    I myself will not let a shop touch my wheels. Actually, I don't let them touch my bikes.

    I've had too many similar experiences like yours. After learning to build my own wheels I see that "many" shop dudes don't really know what they're doing. Especially something like a tune up, they twist and turn but don't watch for binding spokes. I've gotten bikes back with popping sounds from the spokes, binding spokes. I've seen some shop workers true a wheel within 3 or 4 minutes, uhhh no!

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    So how do I go about building / truing my own wheels? I'm not new to cycling and have done a lot of research on different topics but have never taken the plunge to cut the umbilical chord with the shop

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    "many" shop dudes don't really know what they're doing.
    My friend had to replace his rim recently, so the mechanic in one of the best bike shops here did it for him. Seeing how he worked earlier, I thought he'd do a good job. A week or so later, my friend came back as the wheel got out of true and started wobbling. Instead of shutting up and fixing it, the mechanic told him that happened because of the reflectors!

    Quote Originally Posted by sfreitas323 View Post
    So how do I go about building / truing my own wheels? I'm not new to cycling and have done a lot of research on different topics but have never taken the plunge to cut the umbilical chord with the shop
    I trued my first wheel about 2 years ago when I knew almost nothing about bicycle mechanics. I did that with the wheel in the fork and bike was upside down. I tied a zip tie to the fork and started working on it. You don't need a stand, but it's nice to have it. I still haven't built any wheel from scratch. Wheel building isn't a requirement to know how to true wheels.

    Start here:

    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tooltips/truing.html

    http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-...and-rim-truing

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