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    Many questions regarding rim straightening and brake systems. Please read, I'm lost..

    Okay, where to start...

    So I noticed a small kink in my rim. When I held down the front brake once every rotation I would feel the brakes grab tighter, and that was due to the slight bend it had at one point. So I started tweaking the spokes a little bit to get that bend out. Well, I got it out. I probably spent a good hour or so just carefully tweaking the spokes and whatnot. Somehow, I did everything backwards at first, so the spokes were soooo loose. I guess it works in reverse from the way I was looking at the spokes (righty tighty lefty loosey is what I kept telling myself, turns out the way I was sitting made it the opposite).

    Anyway, I accidently loosened all of the spokes. So, what else is there to do? Tighten them all back up THEN start tweaking the minor bends out. So I did, and I got the rim completely straight, not a slight bend in it PERIOD. The spokes weren't too tight, but weren't too loose.

    Well, I noticed something a little off with my front brakes. I never noticed this before but I'm not sure. Anyway, here's a picture.

    http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y36...ikepicture.jpg

    Notice the two red arrows? They are pointing at the black brake "cranks" if you will. When I hold down the brake so the front tire is completely stopped, the one black brake "crank" isn't symmetrical versus the other. This particular one sticks out a little bit more. Though they still stop the bike and stop the rim from spinning, I wasn't sure why one stuck out a bit more.

    Here's what I thought: I thought maybe when I re-tightened everything with my rim that maybe one side is a lot tighter than the other, and although there's an imbalance between the right and left side being tight, perhaps I was still able to achieve the state of having NO bends in the rim, despite the fact the hub was off center due to one side being tighter than the other. Is this possible? I know it sounds like a bunch of garble, but it is incredibly hard to explain in words what I'm trying to get at.

    I hope this explains it, and I look forward to some input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roasted



    Here's what I thought: I thought maybe when I re-tightened everything with my rim that maybe one side is a lot tighter than the other, and although there's an imbalance between the right and left side being tight, perhaps I was still able to achieve the state of having NO bends in the rim, despite the fact the hub was off center due to one side being tighter than the other. Is this possible? I know it sounds like a bunch of garble, but it is incredibly hard to explain in words what I'm trying to get at.

    I hope this explains it, and I look forward to some input.
    I presume you don't have a truing stand? It looks to me that the wheel is indeed off center caused by your fiddling.
    Take it to the shop and have them true your wheel, it's something that can be fixed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raiyn
    I presume you don't have a truing stand? It looks to me that the wheel is indeed off center caused by your fiddling.
    Take it to the shop and have them true your wheel, it's something that can be fixed
    How much would this cost? I asked them to do that when I took it in for my 2 month free checkup, and they didn't even touch the damn thing. Although they were helpful with the sale of my bike, I now doubt their ability to do what needs done since it wasn't done right the first time.

    My bike tire appears to be 110% COMPLETELY straight. I just don't see how one brake "crank" sticks out a tad bit than the other one does.

    I'll take some pictures tomorrow.

    edit - That picture is an old one I took RIGHT when I got the bike. Don't base your judgment on that picture, I just posted that picture so you guys could tell what I meant by the "brake cranks." I'm unsure of their regular name.

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    Okay, how about this.

    I'll bite my bottom lip and go to the bike shop. I looked on ebay at these truing stands and theyre mostly from like 50-100 dollars.

    Going to a bike shop to have this done can't be TOO expensive... how much does it run on average?

    Also, do I just take the bike wheel, or the entire bike?

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    My guess would be around $30, if its not to messed up.
    My shop charges 50-80 for a complete wheel build. Thats building it from scratch, putting the spokes in the hub, then through the rim, tightening, truing, dishing.

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    If you do decide to get a truing stand and fix it yourself, it is a great skill to have.

    The problem is that your wheel is dished over to one side. You can fix this on your bike by using two zipties tied to the fork next to the rim, and measure the correct placement of the rim. Just loosen the spokes one side and tighten the other, evenly, and it should come out pretty close. Do the adjustments in small increments (like 1/2 turns). Make sure you measure correctly and get it as close as you can.
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    my shop charges 15 dollars per wheel for truing if you bring in just the wheels ready to true and all. 20 per wheel if you bring it in on the bike. You dont have to do it very often so its not that bad
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtbike
    If you do decide to get a truing stand and fix it yourself, it is a great skill to have.

    The problem is that your wheel is dished over to one side. You can fix this on your bike by using two zipties tied to the fork next to the rim, and measure the correct placement of the rim. Just loosen the spokes one side and tighten the other, evenly, and it should come out pretty close. Do the adjustments in small increments (like 1/2 turns). Make sure you measure correctly and get it as close as you can.
    Dang, that's a great idea. I'm gonna do that first thing tomorrow. I'll make sure the zipties are identicle, and that they are of proper size (aka not too big or too small). There's a nice hardware store 2 miles away loaded with that kind of crap, cause I use a lot of zipties to hold my car audio wires together. I suppose I could easily get 2 slightly bigger zipties, measure them to the exact 1/16th of an inch, and use them even though I cut them down, couldn't I?

    Dirtbike, I'd GLADLY buy a truing stand... but to make a long story short, I'm trying to save as much money as I can right now because I have a nice vacation coming up and I'd rather not go to a very very nice beach and have 20 dollars to spend for the entire week. HOWEVER, I am taking this bike down with me (from pennsylvania to south carolina) so I definitely want it in tip top shape when I go down there.

    Thanks for that idea about the zip ties. In my opinion I have a pretty keen eye and plenty of time to spend fixing this wheel tomorrow, so I'm sure I'll get it DAMN near perfect.

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    My shop charges between 12 and 18, and it's normally cheaper if you just bring the wheel. Oh and where are you going in SC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alcahueteria
    My shop charges between 12 and 18, and it's normally cheaper if you just bring the wheel. Oh and where are you going in SC?
    My mountain bike has the quick release thing, I don't know if that's real common in bikes now-a-days or what, this is the first bike I had that had it. For those of you unsure, cause I know sometimes my names for things within the mountain biking world are completely off, I have a little lever, flip it up, and unscrew the other side, and just pop the cable off the brakes so they flip back and the wheel is off. So it's easy as hell to get my wheel off.

    Anyway, I'm going to Myrtle Beach. It's going to be pretty damn cool. I'm going to buy my girlfriend a bike because she needs a very light duty bike while she's in physical therapy. Long story short: She was a die hard cross country runner in high school, and her pushing herself too far ended up rubbing away the cartilage within her hip socket that her leg bone rubbed against. So she's in physical therapy and needs a bike, so I'm going to buy her one next week and going to put this bike rack to use for my car. Sorry to ramble, just kind of excited. That's why I'm so pushy on getting my bike PERFECT before we go, because I won't exactly be able to take my tool set down and spend the afternoon tweaking my bike.

    But I think I'll just try the wire tie thing first, I'm sure it'll work as long as I do it right. I'll call the bike shop just for a price quote in case I'm not too sure about the wire tie thing after I try it out. Either way, another day or so and it'll be 100% straight.

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    This site:

    http://www.parktool.com/repair_help/FAQindex.shtml

    Will help you gt your bike in tip top condition.
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