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Old 09-30-14, 11:37 AM
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Originally Posted by asforme View Post
Wheel truing is something you can do with moderate wrench skills? I was under the impression that it was something better left to the pros. Can you true as well using just the frame and not having having a wheel truing stand?
I have actually read reviews of truing stand where they claimed to have worked in a bike shop and didn't have or need a truing stand to true wheels... there are also videos on youtube that show how you can true a wheel without a truing stand (and also how to build one inexpensively)... I have a "truing stand" that I bought from park tools (low end that used a bike stand to hold the wheel)... I actually prefer to use the methods shown on youtube as they are simpler...
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Old 09-30-14, 11:42 AM
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Originally Posted by cycle_maven View Post
A friend just got a BD cross bike. He brought it to me for initial assembly and for some instruction on general bike mechanics. Everything went together fairly well with the following observations:
1) The front wheel was out of true. Since part of setting up a bike by a competent mechanic is to true, tension and stress relieve the wheels, I found that the spoke tension was too low generally and one spoke was completely unwound. The wheel came up OK after the TT&S.
2) Rear wheel needed tensioning and stress relief. Lateral true was OK, but spokes were too too loose.
3) Both front and rear hubs were way too tight. I re-greased and adjusted them.

These were more than expected from a new-in-box bike. The expected tasks should be:
1) Assemble & adjust fork in headset
2) Blow up tires, put in the wheels
3) Assemble and adjust front brake, adjust rear brake
4) Install chain, adjust derailleurs
5) Safety inspection- make sure all the bolts are tight, everything moves and works right
6) Test ride- adjust seat, adjust stem height, change stem if necessary.

If I had only done the minimum, the front brake would have been rubbing immediately and the wheels would have gone out of true or broken spokes way prematurely. That's what a bike shop should be doing, and what Bikes Direct doesn't.
actually Im not even sure my LBS would do all that...I have had some real problems with my LBS and wheels... I haven't asked but I don't think they know about tensioning and stress relieving spokes.

I have a wheel that I am going to have to do the TT&S for.
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