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Old 06-09-14, 05:14 PM
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Bikehand Truing Stand

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I am in the market for a truing stand. Yes, I know the Park TS-2.2 is pretty great but I cannot justify spending >$200. Yes, I know I can true a wheel while it's on my bike using the brakes or zip-ties. Yes, I know I can use an old fork and some zip-ties...yada, yada, yada.

Having said that, I want an actual truing stand nonetheless. So, I noticed this on Amazon:

Bikehand Truing Stand YC-512N

I know it gets good reviews on Amazon, but I am hoping to some more input before committing. Has anyone had any experience with this stand? It seems like a pretty good knock-off of the TS-2.2. Of course it's not Park, but for the price seems right.
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Old 06-09-14, 09:08 PM
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No experience with this stand. but I've found that the more solid a stand is, wheel holding and rim indicator, the nicer it is to use INDEPENDENT of the other features. More plastic usually equally more flex. Andy.
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Old 06-10-14, 05:00 AM
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You don't need no stinkin' truing stand! Why back in the day we used to just ....

Just funnin' ya, OP. You are making a wise choice.
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Old 06-10-14, 05:48 AM
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Looks like a Baby Park from here. Probably works just fine, or can be cajoled out of any annoying quirks (more easily than with people). My only concern is that it appears to want to be bench-mounted. If you have a specific roost for it - knock yourself out!
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Old 06-10-14, 06:10 AM
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Save your money and buy this one by Feedback Sports. It looks flimsy, but I assure you, it is not. Although not clear from the description, that base is solid cast iron. Once you are used to it, the single sided design works quite well. Easy to adapt an inexpensive, 1" dial indicator to also. There does seem to be a newer version, for more money, with a metal indicator bar, but a flimsier, chromed sheet metal base. Save your pennies and take the one with the black base.

If you like the design of the Park, spend a little more and buy the TS2.2, not their less expensive version. There is a very good chance it will be what your LBS is using. The design on the stand you posted looks vaguely like a Park, but appears far less substantial.

Avoid the cheap Minoura at all costs.
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Thanks, everyone, for your input.

I have used the Park TS-2.2 and really like it, but I just can't justify spending close to $250 (which is well out of my budget), plus another $35 or so for the stand/base since I don't have a bench vise. Especially since I plan to use it only occasionally. The Bikehand Truing Stand seems pretty close to the TS-2.2 and the price is right.

Thanks!
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Old 06-10-14, 10:34 AM
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It's not about the arrows.... it's the archer.
I cheaped out and got the PB truing stand for $48.
Now they have raised the price.
And.. it works fine. But I only had 4 wheels to do.
If I had more I might get a better one.
Spin Doctor Truing Stand II -
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Old 06-10-14, 11:13 AM
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That Spin Doctor stand is the same as the Minoura and junk. Trust me, I have one that sits in the box, replaced by the much more capable Feedback Sports unit listed above.

The big issue, is both legs move, relative to each other, and the base, and are quite flimsy. Every time the wheel is removed for a dish check and replaced, it ends up in a slightly different relationship to the flip-up indicator. And, that relationship also varies a bit with tension on the quick release. The stand simply is not sufficiently sturdy to use without setting the quick release.

An old unicrown mountain bike fork, as found on the absolute cheapest of big box bikes, clamped in a decent vice, makes for a fine truing stand. Use only one leg, clamping the wheel to the outside of the fork. You can use zip ties for an indicator, or get fancy with a machinists dial indicator.
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Old 06-10-14, 03:51 PM
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Can't help you with the truing stand, but I can tell you that I have the Bike Hand Work Stand and it is a very good stand for the money.
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Old 06-10-14, 05:54 PM
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I've got one and it works adequately. Takes a bit of screwing around to get the calipers centered but other than that no complaints. It does have feet on it wide enough to make it stable on a table or bench top.
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Bought the BikeHand stand off eBay. $129.

It's "solid". Steel and aluminum construction. No plastic.

The only complaint... while the calipers are laterally adjustable (i.e. they slide side-to-side to make sure they're correctly centered, read: "they'll work to dish the rim"), they don't come centered from the factory, and after inquiring with BikeHand, there is an alighnment gauge YC-512N-CG needed to properly adjust the calipers to center.

Sure... mount a wheel, flip it over multiple times to to adjust to the correct "center", but the point of having a stand like this is to NOT have to do this "old-skool" type stuff. "Yeah, but it's only the one time..."

Or... have a wheel you KNOW is properly disned to use to initially set up the centering of the calipers.

Otherwise... "good value".
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In the end, the only thing that a wheel truing stand does is provide a stable place to measure from. FWIW, I've learned not to trust the auto dishing feature on any wheel truing stand that I've used.
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Originally Posted by Staggerwing View Post
That Spin Doctor stand is the same as the Minoura and junk. Trust me, I have one that sits in the box, replaced by the much more capable Feedback Sports unit listed above.

The big issue, is both legs move, relative to each other, and the base, and are quite flimsy. Every time the wheel is removed for a dish check and replaced, it ends up in a slightly different relationship to the flip-up indicator. And, that relationship also varies a bit with tension on the quick release. The stand simply is not sufficiently sturdy to use without setting the quick release.
A good craftsman doesn't blame his tools.

If your going to be building wheels, or doing a lot of truing on a commercial basis, spend the bucks and buy a Park. I have a Minoura and it works fine form the needs of my stable. My bikes, 2 road, 2 mtb, and my wifes bikes, 1 road, 1 commuter and one utility bike.
I did replace the indicators with screws and wing nuts to lock them in place. I holds the wheels fine I have found none of the above complaints to be true. The legs do not move independently. It can be used free standing or screwed to the work bench. It's worth the money for home use.
Full disclosure, I do have access to a Park stand and dishing gauges if I would ever need them.
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Old 01-25-18, 11:31 AM
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I have an old Minoura (24 years) and have no complaints. I have used it to build at least 20 wheels for myself and friends and to check on my wheels occasionally. I would recommend a dishing tool regardless on which one you buy.
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bikehand tools are made by Parktools . they just a little cheaper .
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
FWIW, I have two Park, a 2 and a 2.2. Combined, I paid less than the figures above for a single lower cost stand. How? I bought them used on Craigslist. Workstands and truing stands are out there on the used market to the patient person.

In this "green" world, nothing is greener than buying used.
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Originally Posted by bikeman715 View Post
bikehand tools are made by Parktools . they just a little cheaper .
Sorry... nope. The e-mails I got from their office in China would say otherwise.

BIKE HAND Cycling Tools, Bicycle Tools Manufacturer
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