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Old 09-26-19, 05:31 PM
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Safe to use a bit untrued wheel?

My front wheel is a bit untrued if you would take a close look at it, but doesnít hit the brake pads on either side. Is it ok to use it for a ride? Not gonna ride fast though. Iíll have it trued next week.
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Old 09-26-19, 05:42 PM
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Assuming you keep the speed down, it should be okay. Pay particular attention to the downhills where it is easy to gain excessive speed that results in wheel shimmy and loss of control. Headers and road rash are no fun and can be serious injuries.
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Safe? Yes as described.
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Old 09-26-19, 06:14 PM
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Assuming you keep the speed down, it should be okay. Pay particular attention to the downhills where it is easy to gain excessive speed that results in wheel shimmy and loss of control. Headers and road rash are no fun and can be serious injuries.
Thanks. Itíll just be a commute, iíll just pay my mama a visit at the memorial park coz i havenít in a while. Iíll be avoiding the downhill and just pass by where itís mostly flat.
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Old 09-27-19, 04:34 AM
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Bicycle wheels do not rotate fast enough for minor imbalances to matter. As long as your spokes have some tension in them, you will be fine.
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Old 09-27-19, 04:36 AM
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Originally Posted by mihlbach View Post
Bicycle wheels do not rotate fast enough for minor imbalances to matter. As long as your spokes have some tension in them, you will be fine.
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Old 09-27-19, 06:16 AM
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Go ahead and get a spoke wrench and give it a go!
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Old 09-27-19, 06:22 AM
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I cancelled my ride coz there was a chance of rain in the afternoon. Just took it to a bike shop and had it trued. All good now.
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Great you are still in one piece. I once destroyed a front wheel that had uneven tension, it was one of the first wheels I ever built, and the rim arrived bent, so spoke tension was not very uniform. Was riding it up a hill and swerved at low speed to miss a small pothole, and the wheel folded, leaving me stranded. Wasn't hurt, but had to thumb a ride home.
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Old 09-27-19, 06:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Boxkite View Post
Go ahead and get a spoke wrench and give it a go!
My multi-tool has a spoke key. Itís one skill i hope to learn in the future. Anyway, itís cheap here where iím from to have it trued. Around $1.
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Old 09-27-19, 06:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Lemond1985 View Post
Great you are still in one piece. I once destroyed a front wheel that had uneven tension, it was one of the first wheels I ever built, and the rim arrived bent, so spoke tension was not very uniform. Was riding it up a hill and swerved at low speed to miss a small pothole, and the wheel folded, leaving me stranded. Wasn't hurt, but had to thumb a ride home.
Good thing it wasnít on a downhill, that wouldíve been horrible.
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I would manually check the spoke tension to make sure that one hasn't loosened too much. Plucking them like a guitar string is sufficient for a quick field test. On a truing stand though, I use a tensionometer.
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Originally Posted by iamLefty View Post
Good thing it wasn’t on a downhill, that would’ve been horrible.

I agree, but fortunately it's hard to swerve as sharply at high speeds, as you can when you are climbing a hill at 8-10 mph. I was only able to turn the bars that much because I was going so slow.

When I'm going 40 mph down a hill, no part of the bike is under much mechanical stress fortunately. At that speed I'm more concerned with obstacles in the road and having enough time to brake, than I am with the bike failing, though that would certainly be catastrophic.
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I don't think any of my bikes throughout childhood and adolescence ever had a completely true wheel. Never had a problem with that.
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I've improved wheels on my kids bikes & my own, but it's so nice to have a pro do it
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Originally Posted by iamLefty View Post
My multi-tool has a spoke key.
Are you sure it's the right size? There are 2 sizes that are currently common and using the wrong one is going to create new problems.
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Originally Posted by mihlbach View Post
Bicycle wheels do not rotate fast enough for minor imbalances to matter. As long as your spokes have some tension in them, you will be fine.
Yup.
If tension is good, and nothing's rubbing, you can ride them forever.
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Originally Posted by iamLefty View Post
My multi-tool has a spoke key. Itís one skill i hope to learn in the future. Anyway, itís cheap here where iím from to have it trued. Around $1.
A buck to have a wheel trued?
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Old 09-27-19, 08:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
Are you sure it's the right size? There are 2 sizes that are currently common and using the wrong one is going to create new problems.
Yes, correct size.
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Old 09-27-19, 09:05 PM
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A buck to have a wheel trued?
Yes, the tip i give is higher than what they charge, hehe. Iím from the Philippines and we have bike shops here that offer cheap service, fine tuningís about a buck too, even cheaper in some shops. Then i just give the mechanic 2 bucks tip. Higher end bike shops do charge higher. How much does it cost in your area?
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Old 09-28-19, 03:43 AM
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If it only costs a buck, pay to get it trued?

Anyway, the price reflects how easy it is to learn the skill. Grab an old wheel that isn't true and look at some tutorials online.
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Mostly wear and tear (if it rubs), but you're also losing a lot of efficiency.
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