Old 05-09-21, 08:33 AM
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Originally Posted by dabac View Post
The way I work it is that I consider the hub stationary, and I move the rim.
The side I want the rim to move to is the side that I tension.
While I find your reference frame awkward, it seems like it amounts to the same thing.
If you want the hub to go to the left, you tighten the right side spokes.
Over the past year I have been swapping out a few freehub bodies, 9 to 7, 7 to 8, that results in having to re-center the rim. To make sure I don’t lose my concentration and get confused mid-circumference, I start at the valve hole and set the rim in the stand so I can do righty-tightly/lefty-loosen. It doesn’t matter the orientation in the bike, it just matters which direction I need to move the rim to get the dish. Since I’m going around the rim multiple times I just repeat the righty/lefty.

I’ll flip-flop the rim in the stand when I’m doing the final lateral truing, but by that time the dishing is done.

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