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Wheel seems to be off, am i just being paranoid?

Old 08-06-07, 07:43 PM
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Wheel seems to be off, am i just being paranoid?

I painted my spokes a little while ago and too them to my LBS to get trued. Well i got them back, mounted them to my bike, but when i spin the front wheel while holding the bike in the air it moves back a forth quite noticably. So i went to my LBS again today (i needed new cables) and checked out the bikes they have there to see if there was any side to side movement in their wheels. The ones at the store were straight as an arrow. NO movement whatsoever.

So do i take the wheels back to my LBS and tell them to do it right? I mean, i spent 40 bucks getting both wheels trued, i would think they should spin perfectly.
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Old 08-06-07, 07:45 PM
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well lets see, they should be rolling straight with no wobble I would take them back and have them look at their work and fix it if anything is wrong!
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Old 08-06-07, 09:14 PM
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Learn to true them yourself. That's like taking your car to the shop to have your wiper blades changed.
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Old 08-06-07, 09:41 PM
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God, I hate having to ask this, but...were the spokes attached to the wheel when you got them from the shop? Or did you build up the wheel?
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Old 08-06-07, 09:43 PM
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hahaha
i just built up a frame from the ground up, but i have new wiper blades rattling around in my back seat because for the life of me i can not get the old ones off. seriously.
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Originally Posted by Surferbruce View Post
hahaha
i just built up a frame from the ground up, but i have new wiper blades rattling around in my back seat because for the life of me i can not get the old ones off. seriously.
Well, since you can build a bike, you get a pass on the blades.

BTW - there is usually a little U-shaped clip you have to squeeze to slide the blade out of the arm. The clip fits into the U at the end of the wiper arm. You squeeze the open end of the U clip.
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Old 08-06-07, 09:57 PM
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Ha, I can strip down and rebuild a PowerBook in a couple of hours, but I just about went homicidal trying to get a baby's car seat installed!
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Originally Posted by Sasquatchula View Post
Ha, I can strip down and rebuild a PowerBook in a couple of hours, but I just about went homicidal trying to get a baby's car seat installed!
You, Apple boy, You.

Originally Posted by Sasquatchula View Post
God, I hate having to ask this, but...were the spokes attached to the wheel when you got them from the shop? Or did you build up the wheel?
He took it for truing, how can it be without spokes?
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Old 08-06-07, 11:29 PM
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I thought truing a wheel was difficult? If i knew i could do it myself i would have totally done it, i hate paying others to work on my stuff.

I removed the spokes from the wheel. Painted them, Then re-spoked the wheel. But it was way unbalanced, so i took it in.
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Old 08-07-07, 12:43 AM
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I personally wouldnt hesitate to true them myself. but then again i have a truing stand, it helps. It is definately a great skill to have. your bike looks good btw.
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Originally Posted by iCapture View Post
I thought truing a wheel was difficult? If i knew i could do it myself i would have totally done it, i hate paying others to work on my stuff.

I removed the spokes from the wheel. Painted them, Then re-spoked the wheel. But it was way unbalanced, so i took it in.
Ahh, then you should not have a wobble in the wheel. If anything was wrong the mech should have told you it (the wheel) couldn't be trued.(Unless you painted the elbows and threads.Then I could see the paint interfering slightly.)

As far as truing goes, from a pile of spokes, hub and hoop, it's not difficult, just requires a little patience if you're not familiar with the process. I'm not ashamed to admit that beyond a certain point, I just dont have it in me. It gets to a point where 'true" is just beyond my grasp. At that point I'll take it in to a shop and have 'em finish it for a $5-10.
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Old 08-07-07, 07:24 AM
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...Painted your spokes?
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Originally Posted by Adgooroo View Post
...Painted your spokes?
Painting your spokes is the new pink.

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Originally Posted by Adgooroo View Post
...Painted your spokes?
+1

Why did you remove them to do this?

This is bizarre.
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Originally Posted by ttopaz View Post

He took it for truing, how can it be without spokes?

Re-read the first two sentences of the OP.

I painted my spokes a little while ago and too them to my LBS to get trued. Well i got them back, mounted them to my bike, but...

Common sense would say he took the wheel in. Real world; I expect anything!

Just wanted to be sure he didn't mean what he said.
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Originally Posted by iCapture View Post
I removed the spokes from the wheel. Painted them, Then re-spoked the wheel. But it was way unbalanced, so i took it in.
I would think that doing something this radical would require rebuilding the wheel because the tension could be horribly off everywhere.

Normally, the adjustments during truing operations are minor -- you only turn the spoke nipples just a bit at a time. I typically do a quarter turn at a time and I don't need to touch most of the spokes. Rebuilding the wheel will take much more time than a simple truing, but the mechanics should have told you if the wheel was screwed up.
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