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Old 01-22-08, 01:02 PM   #1
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How long to true a wheelset?

So Friday I got really drunk and decided the best thing for me to do was to ride my bike across the street, miss my turn and run head on into a parking lot gate, I still dont know how I ended up doing that(long story broke up with my girlfriend blah blah). Anyways today I found that I have to really really loose spokes, this is on top of my already untrue wheelset. So I am gonna take the wheels to a bike shop after class how long do you think they should take truing my wheel (not including wait time if they have other projects).
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Old 01-22-08, 01:05 PM   #2
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depends on the wheel, if the whole thing has to be tensioned, longer ... if it's just a smal wobble maybe 10 minutes?

when i take my wheels in to be true'd i pick them up the same day, assuming i have an appointment
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Assuming that you are going to Bunnyhop and they aren't busy. It will probably only take a few minutes depending on how bad you thrashed them.
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I can have a whole wheelset trued in about 5 minutes. It really does depend on out of true your wheels are.
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How long does it take to ride a bike?
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spin em and see how "wobly" they really are =P
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how loose is really loose? and where it's loose matters too because if the spoke is on the outside of where it pulls away from true and it's still loose your wheel is dead.

actually, I have no idea how to describe it. basically, if it's like my wheel it's dead.
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Depends, 5 minutes on some wheels, while other times you can take a wheel straight from the factory and not be able to true it in half an hour. I would definitely have an appointment
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This is all assuming they will work on your wheel immediately.

Odds aren't bad they will have you check it and do it when they have time, which means next day.

otherwise, assuming the thing isn't completely blown, shouldn't take a good wrench more than 10 minutes.
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Could mean next day, could mean next week, depends on their schedule.
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Every time I've gone to Bunnyhop with something major, I've called ahead just to see what's up. They had everything done by the next day. I don't know how long/difficult it would be, but you shouldn't have to wait too long.
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I took it to recycles and not only did they take my wheels right away but they took about 5 minutes and they did not charge me a dime. The rim sadly had a flat spot that cannot be fixed so now I need to build a new rear wheel.

As for how loose real loose was, it was so loose that you could make a pretty nifty arc with those two spokes.
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