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Rear Wheel out of true???

Old 07-07-10, 06:35 AM
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Rear Wheel out of true???

I have a Trek navigator thats almost a year old, I bought it to loose weight, and get in shape. I was 318 lbs when I first started riding, now Im 242 lbs, and I ride 15 miles a day. But today when I was takeing the bike out to ride I noticed a rubbing sound coming from the rear wheel. I lifted the bike off the ground and spun the real wheel, and when it gets to a certain spot the break moves and touches the wheel, only for a split second then the wheel moves fine again until it gets to that same spot again. Could this indicate an out of true wheel, and if it is could my heavy weight have caused it, if this is the problem could it also be considerd a warrenty issue?
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The wheel is out of true (the wheel is actually moving off center and touching the brake, not the other way around). If the bike is still under warranty, the shop should fix it for free for you. At your weight, I would suggest requesting that they do a full tension balance on the wheels even if it does cost you a little extra. You are stressing those wheel considerably especially a heavily dished rear wheel. A properly tensioned wheel will hold up a lot longer and save you a lot of aggravation (and subsequent bike shop trips) in the long run. If the shop does not own a tensionmeter, you might want to consider finding one that does to do the wheel work. The sooner you correct any tension issues, the longer your wheel will last. If left untouched, you risk breaking spokes and eventually requiring a complete new wheel.
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Originally Posted by gundogblue
I have a Trek navigator thats almost a year old, ..when I was takeing the bike out to ride I noticed a rubbing sound coming from the rear wheel. I lifted the bike off the ground and spun the real wheel, and when it gets to a certain spot the break moves and touches the wheel, only for a split second then the wheel moves fine again until it gets to that same spot again. Could this indicate an out of true wheel,
Yes, that is a sign of a untrue wheel.

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... could my heavy weight have caused it,
Kinda, sorta - a wheel going out of true is a combo of build quality, riding conditions, riding style and load on the wheel.
While it's fair to say that your weight hasn't done the wheel any favors you can have heavier riders w/o any issues and lighter riders with more issues.

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...could it also be considerd a warrenty issue?
Kinda, sorta. Many dealers offers some sort of free tune-up for first owners of store bought bikes, and a minor trueing can certainly fit into that. Do note that a wheel going out of true due to some sort of near-catastrophic riding experience(hitting a pothole etc) might not be fixable through a simple trueing.
On a general note: at your weight it's quite important that the wheels are properly tensioned to hold up well.
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Thanks alot guys I apriciate the advice, Im takeing my Trek to the shop this morning as soon as they open.
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