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Old 09-23-15, 12:03 PM
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New bike's wheels already out of true

So after a week of riding my new Jamis Coda Sport, the front wheel has gone out of true twice. The first time, I think the LBS tightened the spokes; this time, they just swapped out the wheel for another of the same model.

I had expressed some reservations about the Alex ID-19 stock wheels in this thread while shopping for bikes. Looks like some people have problems with them and others don't, leaving me to suspect that they're just inconsistent from wheel to wheel -- you either get lucky or you don't. Maybe this swapped-out wheel is one of the OK ones. Hope so. The rear wheel seems fine.

I asked the LBS guy whether I should expect to keep bringing my wheels in for truing, and he said, "That depends on you. A bike wheel isn't normally going to run itself out of true." I'm just riding on well-paved roads without any curb-jumping or other shenanigans; I weigh 177 pounds. So is there something I'm supposed to be doing to "preserve" my spoke tension that I need to know about?

Still, I refuse to succumb to buyer's remorse. After all, one wheel does not a bicycle make. A unicycle, on the other hand....

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There are five components to a bike wheel: hubs, spokes, nipples, rims, and build.

Most wheels are machine built. While they may be true at first, there is stress that needs to be released. If not, spokes can unwind. A well built wheel will be properly seated and stress-relieved. You can do this by hand, grab a fistful of spokes and squeeze. Make sure to get each spoke. You will hear some noises of the spokes settling.
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Did the shop ever tension, true, and relieve the wheels? If not, at this stage, I'd demand it!
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Shocked that the shop can't sort this out without simply swapping the wheel. It's my experience these days, too often bike shops replace, not repair.
If the replacement wheel is OK, don't concern yourself any more. Just go and enjoy your bike.

Edit...A spoke tentioner is very cheap...maybe $5. If the wheels go out of true down the track,(like months down the track) just have a go. It's very therapeutic.

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