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Old 10-17-11, 09:34 AM
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Get a copy of "The Bicycle Wheel" by Jobst Brandt. Read and digest it. You'll then know more about how a bike wheel should be built than at least 2/3 of the bike shop mechanics who work on wheels.

If you don't want to do it the easy way, you can do it the hard way. Go to a bike shop, tell them your problem, ask them to fix it. If that doesn't work, go to another bike shop and repeat. You'll pay your way around town unless you get lucky early (in which case, you'll have no more problems).

Or you can try to interview the mechanics. Ask them if they have, and know how to use, a spoke tensiometer. Ask them if they routinely stress-relieve spokes on wheels they build. Ask them what tension is appropriate for your wheel. If the answers are yes, yes, yes, and about 100 kgf, ask them to true, tension, and stress-relieve your wheel. Otherwise, move on.

It's theoretically possible to ask for recommendations, but way too many recommendations are based on MTB'ers who taco wheels with some regularity. Their recommendations are usually based on who can get the gnarliest wheel true, but they don't worry if the spokes last for two months, because these riders will go out and bend it again next Saturday.
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