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Old 03-23-14, 07:26 AM
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truing stand for home use

I'd like to buy a truing stand for home rather than doing it on my bikes. I'd love to get a Park but can't justify spending $200 when I'm not planning on building wheels. Amazon has this from Feedback Sports and the reviews are positive. Anyone have an opinion on this or others like the Minoura? Thanks!
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Have used a Minoura for > 30 years. Absolutely sufficient for any wheel building chore. Not sufficient in the way the DIY folks say a makeshift rig is, but really up to the task, competent and convenient to use. You won't need anything more than that, ever. I would say the same about the one at Feedback, but I like not having to flip the wheel. Otherwise it looks very good. If you can get a two sided stand without the centering function cheaply, I would go for it. A separate centering tool is cheap and easy to use. Look on ebay. I saw an old steel Minoura stand like mine there a few weeks ago. Built like a tank. You can't do better for the money.
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I just ordered a Bikehand truing stand that looks a whole lot like the Park stand but quite a bit cheaper. It also has good reviews and I got some encouraging comments here on BF. It hasn't arrive yet but if you are still looking in a few days, I'll give you my initial impressions. It should be here tomorrow and I plan on using it Tuesday.

I've been truing my wheels on the bike using the brakes but I've been concerned that my brakes might not be perfectly centered, or may move a bit not coming back to the exact same place. I've finally gotten to the point where I feel it would be an advantage to own a truing stand but like the OP, am also quite budget conscious.
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The only thing that a truing stand does is to provide you with a stable place to measure from.
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I just ordered a Bikehand truing stand that looks a whole lot like the Park stand but quite a bit cheaper. It also has good reviews and I got some encouraging comments here on BF. It hasn't arrive yet but if you are still looking in a few days, I'll give you my initial impressions. It should be here tomorrow and I plan on using it Tuesday.

I've been truing my wheels on the bike using the brakes but I've been concerned that my brakes might not be perfectly centered, or may move a bit not coming back to the exact same place. I've finally gotten to the point where I feel it would be an advantage to own a truing stand but like the OP, am also quite budget conscious.
Sure, doubt if I'll be anything before Tuesday!
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Even Park tools has a cheaper truing stand Park Tool Co. TS-8 : Home Mechanic Wheel Truing Stand : Wheel Truing Stands and Accessories

you were apparently thinking only of these Park Tool Co. TS-8 : Home Mechanic Wheel Truing Stand : Wheel Truing Stands and Accessories
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not sure who you were addressing but I saw that Park and it's $88 on amazon while the Feedback is $47 (versus the Park Pro which is $200). For an occasional wobbly wheel I'm not even sure I want to spend $90!
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A used road fork and some zip ties is all you need for an off the bike stand.

You can use the bike's frame to true your wheels very effectively.
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I expect AmaZon lowballs even that 88 on Park stuff .
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A used road fork and some zip ties is all you need for an off the bike stand.

You can use the bike's frame to true your wheels very effectively.
I wonder how many people who advocate this BS have actually built wheels that way. Don't get me wrong. I know it can be done, and some do it. But really, how prevalent could it be? And besides, OP didn't say he was trying to avoid buying a truing stand if he could only figure out how to do it. He said he was looking for a good, inexpensive stand. Why send him back to the stone age just to prove how hard you can make the wheel building process or to thump your chest over how resourceful you are? Why, everytime this topic comes up, and someone is looking for an affordable stand, do the die-hards come out of the woodwork to advocate doing it the hard way? It is just so silly.

I bet there are reasonable substitutes for Allen wrenches and screwdrivers, but you don't hear anyone advocating them. What is it about truing stands that stimulates this perverse emotion in certain human breasts?

OP, all the bona-fide truing stand choices listed so far here, including the lower cost Park model, will serve you well. Pick the color you like!
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Spin Doctor Truing Stand II - Take an Extra 20% Off These Select Accessories

I have this, and have used it for 4 wheel builds (I do the dishing on the stand) and have owned it for 5+ years now. Works awesome, and folds flat to take up little room.

You don't need more. But I wouldn't want less...
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I wonder how many people who advocate this BS have actually built wheels that way. Don't get me wrong. I know it can be done, and some do it. But really, how prevalent could it be? And besides, OP didn't say he was trying to avoid buying a truing stand if he could only figure out how to do it. He said he was looking for a good, inexpensive stand. Why send him back to the stone age just to prove how hard you can make the wheel building process or to thump your chest over how resourceful you are? Why, everytime this topic comes up, and someone is looking for an affordable stand, do the die-hards come out of the woodwork to advocate doing it the hard way? It is just so silly.

I bet there are reasonable substitutes for Allen wrenches and screwdrivers, but you don't hear anyone advocating them. What is it about truing stands that stimulates this perverse emotion in certain human breasts?

OP, all the bona-fide truing stand choices listed so far here, including the lower cost Park model, will serve you well. Pick the color you like!
I don't do this as a hobby and teach wheel building classes... my DIY stand is a little more advanced as I have added dial indicators, but they are not essential.

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I don't do this as a hobby and teach wheel building classes... my DIY stand is a little more advanced as I have added dial indicators, but they are not essential.

Congratulations on your mechanical ability. But how does this level of DIY tool construction relate to the average guy? I already acknowledged it can be done, but still don't see the upside of doing it. You didn't just grab a fork and build a wheel. There was construction and all its attendant aspects, tools, parts, costs, etc. involved in putting your home-built stand together. It is, in fact, so complex that I can't even tell from the picture how it works. So why shouldn't OP just spend $45 instead. How is what you did an improvement except for the feeling of accomplishment you got? Don't tell me it is about saving $10 on the whole deal. That is meaningless in light of the labor involved. But I am amazed you don't see the silliness of the recommendation you are making. Telling OP not to order a $45 stand and have it delivered in two days to his front door ready to go. Advocating instead he find an old fork and buy it, design and build a stand to mount it on, buy dial gauges for it, etc. Can you not see this is just about your ego and not about the simplest way to put oneself in position to CONVENIENTLY build a wheel?
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I don't do this as a hobby and teach wheel building classes... my DIY stand is a little more advanced as I have added dial indicators, but they are not essential.

Nice one! I was thinking to build one myself. It's easy to buy, but doing it yourself is an awesome feeling ;-)
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I don't do this as a hobby and teach wheel building classes... my DIY stand is a little more advanced as I have added dial indicators, but they are not essential.

Resourceful...nice!
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I also have an ancient Hozan stand... these were commonly used for the commercial building of wheels.



It does not get used nearly as much as my own stand but it is a well made unit.

These cost a lot... msrp is somewhere in the $800.00 range IIRC
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I have the Feedback Sports stand and it's much nicer than I expected for the price. Rock solid, good construction, and red so it goes faster than blue or black stands

Note that it's a one sided stand, so dishing rears means periodically flipping the wheel. For home use where you're not on the clock, this isn't a big deal, and the upside is that you can store the stand in a smaller space.
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Not looking to start any arguments but I think a person should select whatever type of wheel truing device or service that they feel comfortable with. I just bought a Park TS 2.2 stand. I'm a beginner as far as truing but appreciate good tools for whatever activity or project I attempt. Yes you can make do according to your budget. I'm amazed that folks will buy a wheelset for $2k+ but cringe at the thought of a $200 truing stand to keep them true. I like to know how things work, how to keep them working, and make myself independant from the bike shop. But whatever one chooses is OK. I've gone on rides where the same people keep having flats, piss poor shifting, and what not but always hesitate to learn what the problem is or to take it to a shop.
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That workbench looks like it's made out of 2" thick steel plate.
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Great DIY stand, Sixty Fiver.

OP, I tried out the BikeHand truing stand last night. I spent a little bit of time getting it perfectly centered before starting, but after that it worked every bit as well as the Park Pro stand I've used at the co-op. I'm by no means an expert. I've trued and repaired wheels for myself and the co-op for a couple of years, but am just getting started in wheel building. From what I can tell after one evening of use, the BikeHand stand is perfectly adequate for home use and probably for light shop use.
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