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Let's hear it for having the right tool (Park truing stand) and a helpful LBS

Old 07-21-12, 08:59 AM
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Let's hear it for having the right tool (Park truing stand) and a helpful LBS

Wheels on my ongoing Grand Record build were driving me nuts, largely because of the flimsy Sunlite truing stand I was using. It would actually flex when tightening the skewer, but you have to tighten or it jumps out of the slots. It fits wheels wider than 120mm by the arms just spreading apart! I got them pretty true but found the dish was now way off. Grrr.

I was ready to just have the wheels trued by someone else, but I went away on a work trip, came back ready to tackle them again. Before getting too far, I found a Park TS2.2 truing stand on CL, $125, and jumped on that. The guy threw in a set of spoke wrenches, which turned out to be Avenirs, or maybe Sunlite, in any case not Park, and the .127 '0' size did not fit the nipples on those wheels. Walked over to my always-helpful LBS, and as they didn't have that size in stock they sold me one of their shop ones, $5, the Park version of course. That fits. Of course. Took a known-good wheel I had, brought the stand's calipers into center, then went to work.

As usual, it is SO much easier, even fun, to work with the right tool for the job.

Thank you CL seller for a nice deal on the stand and Iron Cycles for being there. (Yes, I buy other things from them too...I want them to stay there.)
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Congratulations on the wheel stand, those Park ones are nice. I just picked up a Spin Doctor truing stand and a work stand off the local CL, not as nice as the Park but should work for my needs.

Good tools and nice fitting tools are worth the cost.
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