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Old 04-29-10, 10:30 PM
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Wheel trueing with zip ties.

The guy at the LBS (Bicycle Bob's in Portsmouth, NH) gave me this tip.
When you think you've got it right, flip it over in the dropouts and see if it's still centered;
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Old 04-29-10, 11:08 PM
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Nice. I just did something similar the other day experimenting with painters tape cut into strips. true until the tape stops flapping & move the tape in slightly as necessary.
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Old 04-30-10, 05:42 AM
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I used to use binder clips in the same way; now I have a truing stand!

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Old 04-30-10, 06:42 AM
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your rim tape is busted!
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Great tip.
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The best part of this is that I have a use for my old Nishiki frame that got bent at the front end in a crash.

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Originally Posted by jtgotsjets View Post
your rim tape is busted!
Oops. I'll pull the tire AGAIN and fix that.
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Nice tip. I delayed opening this thread because I thought it was going to the zip ties instead of tie/solder at the spoke X's tip!!!
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i can do it all with one zip tie, with the tire on.
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I do essentially the same thing with the brake pads.
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Originally Posted by John E View Post
I do essentially the same thing with the brake pads.
+1. If you can't d this with a brake caliper and spoke wrench, you deserve whatever untoward fate is in store for you.
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I do the same thing with my TS-2.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
I do the same thing with my TS-2.
You attach zip ties to your TS-2?
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No, I was kidding. I acquired one recently from a very nice guy on craigslist, and I'm just tickled to own it. He's a lurker on bikeforums and knows me, though I didn't know him. So he gave me an incredible price on it. I'm very lucky.
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Originally Posted by John E View Post
I do essentially the same thing with the brake pads.
I usually do it this way but this time I was redishing the wheel and I don't trust my calipers to stay on center as well as I wanted, especially since I'm switching to 700s and will be changing calipers anyway.
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Old 05-01-10, 09:57 AM
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I just got a crappy asian schwinn frame, now I have a good use for it.
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Old 05-01-10, 02:23 PM
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
No, I was kidding. I acquired one recently from a very nice guy on craigslist, and I'm just tickled to own it. He's a lurker on bikeforums and knows me, though I didn't know him. So he gave me an incredible price on it. I'm very lucky.
Yeah, I know you were kidding. I bought what was then Park's "consumer" truing stand back in 86 or 87 and have regretted not buying the TS-2 ever since. It works ok but requires constant fiddling.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
I do the same thing with my TS-2.
Me too, but I used to use the brake pad method and sometimes still do for a minor touchup.
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Originally Posted by desconhecido View Post
Yeah, I know you were kidding. I bought what was then Park's "consumer" truing stand back in 86 or 87 and have regretted not buying the TS-2 ever since. It works ok but requires constant fiddling.
Many years ago, I bought a Minoura consumer-grade truing stand. It was wobbly, and it wobbled when I spun the wheel. That slowed down the work a lot. I sold it.

A couple of years ago, I bought a consumer-grade bike stand, and I bought the attachment that uses the bike stand as a truing stand. I had low standards, and it was adequate, barely. I knew already that consumer grade truing stands aren't very good. I'd rather use brake pads or zip ties. So I recommend using either the cheapest method or a TS-2. Or a Hozan if you can get it, but they're even more expensive, and they're not the least bit self-centering.

I sort of regret getting the consumer grade bike stand, too, since I work on bikes a lot these days. It's wobbly and needs frequent adjustment.
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Thanks for sharing this great idea. Now I know how I am going to true my MTB wheels with disc brakes.
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I thought the whole point of disk brakes was so you didn't have to true them
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