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Old 05-05-06, 12:54 PM   #1
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goddammit rear wheel out of true

I think I know why, too. I was using the lock through the back wheel technique, and, I bet some idiots bumped into my bike. I mean, after a while, this is bound to happen. Every time someone does this, this puts a lot of stress on the rim.

I am pissed.
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Old 05-05-06, 01:31 PM   #2
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maybe you can ulock the wheel to your frame, and use a cable or chain to lock it to a pole etc...

once at a delivery, there was no room on any of the poles so i locked to the bottom of a mailbox, when i came out, a mail-carrier had tossed my bike to the side vertically so it was all balancing on the front wheel, with the seat and the rear wheel straight in the air... no point to this addition to my post. i just thought it was funny.
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Old 05-05-06, 01:42 PM   #3
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Entropy at work.
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Old 05-05-06, 01:44 PM   #4
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If I lock up near some foot traffic, people will inevitably bump into it....whether they're locking their bikes up or just not watching where they're going....

And the entire bike itself is used as a lever to destroy the rear wheel. It sucks.
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Old 05-05-06, 01:51 PM   #5
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If the pole is small enough (typical sign posts just barely work), I can lock my krypto mini U around both the rear wheel and both seatstays kind of diagonally. This keeps these errant forces off of your wheel, but poses a potential problem for your stays.
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Old 05-05-06, 01:58 PM   #6
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then get a spoke wrench and fix it?
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^ what he said its not the end of the world man. it sucks but it could be alot worse
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the other day someone ran into my back wheel and it went out of true. turns out the rim was actually bent. i had to unlace it and bend the rim back and lace it back up.
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got into a scuffle today and my hub has alot of play. I didnt mind the fact that it was losing true but now... aww man
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Yeah I will have to true it up w/ a spoke wrench, but it just sucks because this wheelset is new and the last time I checked it, it was PERFECT. Now it has huge wobbles.
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Old 05-07-06, 01:42 AM   #11
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Yeah I will have to true it up w/ a spoke wrench, but it just sucks because this wheelset is new and the last time I checked it, it was PERFECT. Now it has huge wobbles.
there is a good chance the rim itself is actually bent
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Yeah I will have to true it up w/ a spoke wrench, but it just sucks because this wheelset is new and the last time I checked it, it was PERFECT. Now it has huge wobbles.
also a good chance that you are just experiencing what happens to most new wheels are you ride them for a bit. even if they were hand-built you can't really expect a brand new wheel to stay true right off the bat (or i am just too impatient to spend enough time stress relieving initially, but i suspect not).
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Any new wheel will likely need to be trued up shortly afterwards. Same reason it's suggested to tighten down the lugnuts on a car after driving a bit. If you know what you're doing you'll get that wheel back in true easily. There are most likely a few loose nipples so bring those back in first and keep the tension even. Things shouldn't be too outta whack unless you railed on them pretty hard and they actually are bent, you'll know in five minutes if that's the case. Good luck! oh yeah, swearing usually helps.
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Old 05-07-06, 11:04 PM   #15
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Yeah the back wheel isn't really THAT bad. It might be a mm off here or there, but enough that I can tell something must have happened besides occasional tiny potholes. My front rim, btw, is still nearly perfect, so its probably not from daily riding. It must be the u-lock through the rear wheel..
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