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Old 01-04-10, 07:29 PM   #1
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Truing a wheel in Dhaka, Bangladesh

This is a long shot... does any one know someone/where to true road wheel in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Old 01-04-10, 08:16 PM   #2
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This is a long shot... does any one know someone/where to true road wheel in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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1) True it yourself, if the wheel is salvageable.
2) Ask someone there, pedicab, bike messenger, taxi driver even. Hotel workers. Hang out at a hostel and ask there. Restaurant delivery maybe? Your local Embassy.
3) Books like Lonely Planet and Let;s go might have bicycle information.
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Old 01-04-10, 08:42 PM   #3
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if it's salvageable... and in lieu of a shop and tools:

1)flip bike upside down
2)look at wheel in relation to brake shoes
3)look at where the wheel hits the brake pads
4)Get some needle-nose pliers (oh man I might get banned from BF for this )
5)True wheel (counter-clockwise is looser, clockwise is tighter) tighten the side the blip is on, loosen the other sign

just make sure when you adjust the spoke nipple you get those pliers TIGHT so you don't strip a nipple.
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Old 01-04-10, 08:54 PM   #4
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No idea if this will help, but a google search turns up the Dhaka Bicycling Club, I assume they must know some good wrenches in Dhaka.
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I assembled my Arpan made-in-India bike and observe: A high-quality perfectly formed rim ought to be easier to true than a less-than-perfect steel rim. And, the nipple wrench I bought for that bike fits my modern Raleigh Sojourn with 700x35 wheels. In other words, if eyeball-trued is good enough, there's probably a 1,000 guys in town that can do it, if you can't. If you want spoke tension checked and trued with a dial-indicator, then you need to do the searching for the right person.
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velomancer:

Here's a video of the basics of Wheel-Truing:

http://bicycletutor.com/wheel-truing/

I'll only add: If you tighten one coming from one side of the hub - loosen an one from the OTHER side of the hub RIGHT NEXT TO IT. Always work with a pair of spokes - One from <-- this side. One from --> this side ACROSS from the other. If you don't quite understand, ask us to clarify.

You can do this. It's not rocket-science.
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