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Old 06-09-07, 02:20 PM
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Homemade / homebrew truing stands?

Hello all,

I'm wondering if anyone in the group has made their own wheel truing stand, or knows where plans for one can be found? It seems like this would be a reasonably easy and useful project for those of us with too much time on our hands.

I'm already familiar with the method of truing a wheel on the bike using the brake pads as guides - just looking for a rainy day project.

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Old 06-09-07, 05:24 PM
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i made my own, for the front a mtb fork and for the rear i used a hack saw and left enough of the seat tube to put in my bike stand. john
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Old 06-09-07, 05:26 PM
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ps i find for me it is harder to true the radial on the bike, lateral as you suggest works ok. john
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Old 06-09-07, 05:56 PM
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Home truing stands are fairly cheap to buy, and are compact. See if you can true it on the bike. I don't think the break pad thing will work. I clamp a high quality ruler to the frame and carefully calibrate it. Then use the numbers to get the wheel centered. A caliper and very bright lighting is very helpful. If your bike is out of wack you may actually get better results than a truing stand. You will also need a tensionometer.
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I get pretty good results just doing it on the frame have thought of making my own stand and don't think it would be that hard with all the frames and forks I have sitting around. I just tape a sharp pencil or hold it on the frame, not the most accurate but works.
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I made one from the rear triangle of an old Peugoet mounted on a piece of wood. It seems to work well enough for me.
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When I trued my wheels, I noticed the part needing correction was on one side or the other of the wheel and rubbed the brake pad slightly when passing. The wheel was not really out of true on both sides. Most of the wheel was pretty good. So, I used an automotive feeler gauge to measure the gap between most of the wheel and the brake pad. Then I worked on the wheel until the feeler gauge passed between the brake pad and the rim with like drag on all parts of the wheel. It is cheaper than a dial indicator. Then I checked for "hop." In the end, the wheels were pretty good.

I know there is a need to watch so the rim does not move right or left, but stays where it is. Commercial truing stands move both arms in or out the same amount to keep from adjusting the rim to off center.
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I know there is a need to watch so the rim does not move right or left, but stays where it is. Commercial truing stands move both arms in or out the same amount to keep from adjusting the rim to off center.
I've never seen one that is as accurate as checking with a dishing gauge. No matter how good the stand, if you take the wheel out and put it back, you will find it's no longer centered.

http://mnhpva.org/Meetings/Apr_02/MS.html shows my home made stand. Just a bar of 3/8" steel with 10mm slots for the various wheel sizes from 305 to 630. All you need is a drill press, some taps and a hacksaw. I did do one weld on the stand, but it wouldn't have been hard to avoid that. Tha base is welded, but could have been bolted together from steel or aluminum angle.
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Hey, I like that! I've got the dial indicators but never thought of using them with a stand.
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