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Old 05-15-24, 03:46 PM
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Vintage wheel tools score!

Last week I visited a bike store to buy some small parts for my resto project (cables, etc.) and have my wheels and breaks checked for safety. Going to a bike store is probably not a big deal for most of you, but is a big deal for me because the closest store is 30 miles away (FYI I didn't mind the drive because I combined it with other errands).

When I told the bike store owner (Gus) of my plans to do more vintage restorations in the future, he advised me to invest in some proper wheel tools. He had a vintage chrome Park wheel stand for sale. I initially balked at the asking price (around $300), but Gus showed me on the Internet that Park doesn't offer the stand in chrome anymore. I like the look of chrome better than bright blue (don't get me wrong - I like bright blue, but I like chrome more) and so long story short, the wheel stand followed me home. I also bought a Wheel Smith tool because I think that it would be more accurate than listening to me pinging the spokes. (I bought a few other tools too, but since they're not vintage, I'm not including them in this discussion.) I've got some questions about the Wheel Smith tool but I'll save that for another day. Thanks for reading.

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I "scored" those long ago, bought them new and taught myself to build wheels with Jobst Brandt's "The Bicycle Wheel". Still have all of it and getting ready to build another set of classic 1970's wheels.
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That’s barely old! How about a 1950 Surre? I sure others have older truing stands but theirs probably never spent any time over Berlin.


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Originally Posted by cyccommute
That’s barely old! How about a 1950 Surre? I sure others have older truing stands but theirs probably never spent any time over Berlin.


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great item, very nice find!

have you got the Surre nipple grip to go with it?

should wear some nitriles with mine as the bare aluminum always turns me fingers black...


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great item, very nice find!

have you got the Surre nipple grip to go with it?

should wear some nitriles with mine as the bare aluminum always turns me fingers black...


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No, I don’t. It’s also missing one of the indicator arms.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute
No, I don’t. It’s also missing one of the indicator arms.
Oops! Sorry, I can't spare one from mine. Perhaps improvise or adapt something in its stead? Prosthetic indicator arm?
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Oops! Sorry, I can't spare one from mine. Perhaps improvise or adapt something in its stead? Prosthetic indicator arm?
There was a recent listing on Fleabay (ended now) that had four indicator arms! I'm not really in need of one as the stand is my Tucson stand for just truing wheels. When I build, I use a Park stand. It's about the same vintage as the one Lamont Cobb found.
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does anyone know if Surre offered a dishing gauge?


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Originally Posted by Lamont Cobb
Last week I visited a bike store to buy some small parts for my resto project (cables, etc.) and have my wheels and breaks checked for safety. Going to a bike store is probably not a big deal for most of you, but is a big deal for me because the closest store is 30 miles away (FYI I didn't mind the drive because I combined it with other errands).

When I told the bike store owner (Gus) of my plans to do more vintage restorations in the future, he advised me to invest in some proper wheel tools. He had a vintage chrome Park wheel stand for sale. I initially balked at the asking price (around $300), but Gus showed me on the Internet that Park doesn't offer the stand in chrome anymore. I like the look of chrome better than bright blue (don't get me wrong - I like bright blue, but I like chrome more) and so long story short, the wheel stand followed me home. I also bought a Wheel Smith tool because I think that it would be more accurate than listening to me pinging the spokes. (I bought a few other tools too, but since they're not vintage, I'm not including them in this discussion.) I've got some questions about the Wheel Smith tool but I'll save that for another day. Thanks for reading.

Bought mine new over 30 years ago.
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I didn't realize they had changed the color. I got one as part of a bulk purchase of bikes and tools about six years ago. Before that I was building wheels with some floppy $60 Minoura stand. You can build wheels without a good truing stand, but it's so much more pleasant to do with one.
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The pictures of the TS-2 do not show the Caliper Arm and Caliper Adjusting Knobs. Were they included but not installed for the pictures? Should be easy enough to fab up replacements if otherwise missing.

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Originally Posted by rmacdona
The pictures of the TS-2 do not show the Caliper Arm and Caliper Adjusting Knobs. Were they included but not installed for the pictures? Should be easy enough to fab up replacements if otherwise missing.
Good catch. The correct knobs are available directly from Park (under “replacement parts” at the bottom of their home page) for about $7 each. Park is really good about getting the parts out quickly.
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