I've been posting on my preparations for an attempt to ride to New York from San Antonio in June.
The bike an '89 Voyageur I'm training on and prepping for the trip. Prior to a couple of months ago this bike hung on the wall mostly idle for twenty years
I have been riding everywhere with four panniers and about 40lbs of weight (most of this from four gallons of water) loaded on the bike. Without checking I must have at least 500 miles now of rough urban riding on the bike loaded down this way.
The rims are single wall aluminum (??) Araya M18 27x1.25; thirty-six spoke front, forty spoke rear. Stainless 14 ga. spokes.
I've had the unsealed hubs greased and adjusted when I started riding it again. I'm sure when I was last riding it more than twenty years back at some point I had the wheels trued after a period of use, so the wheels have been "broken in".
My question is this.....
The front wheel is still round and true, no problem.
The back wheel is still round but slightly out of true, has been since I took it down off of the garage wall. Braking is not affected.
500 miles of hard use later (loaded, rough pavement and sidewalks, curbs) the back wheel is still as it was when I started riding on it again.
Do wheels reach a point of stability long term?
My concern is trying to adjust spokes not touched in more than twenty years, even by a skilled mechanic, might create more problems than it solves in terms of corroded nipples stripped threads etc..... and even without that happening if the wheel HAS reached a point of stability I might disturb that.
So, should I have the wheel trued, or just leave it be?