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Old 05-23-11, 04:02 PM   #1
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Wobbly-Ride

Hey guys,

I managed to fall off my bike while riding through campus today. I didn't realize there was a raised ledge to my left and my wheel hit it and I managed to jump off while my bike was falling. After a quick check, everything seems to be fine. The fall wasn't hard or anything, and the only noticeable difference was that my brake lever was shifted a bit (which was an easy fix).

However, while riding, my bike felt a lot more "wobbly." It was more difficult riding in a straight line. Did I probably mess up my wheel? Would truing it fix it? Is it possible to true a wheel without a truing stand?

Thanks for the help.
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Check to make sure the handlebars and fork are perpendicular.
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Check to make sure the handlebars and fork are perpendicular.
As in, check if the handlebars are centered? Not sure what you mean, sorry.
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does your wheel spin straight? Are the spokes still tensioned fairly equally?
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Front wheel wobbles a bit. That's probably it. Would truing it fix the problem up?
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Front wheel wobbles a bit. That's probably it. Would truing it fix the problem up?
it would help, unless the rim itself is severely bent. Then you have to mess with the spoke tension so much it will get it straight, but will be very weak.
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Thanks for the help. I assume a .127" spoke wrench would be fine for my stock Motobecane Track wheels?
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