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Anyone ever make a truing stand?(5 posts)

Anyone ever make a truing stand?DINOSAUR
Dec 10, 2002 8:27 AM
And how did you do it? A truing stand is on my list of something I need to get (along with a bunch of other stuff). I've been truing my wheels by flipping my bike upside down and using the brake pads as guides. I manage to get them fairly close. I trued my rear Rolf VC wheel on my Klein the other day and it came out near perfect, probably dumb luck as spoke tension is half of the solution. But if anyone has had good results in making one, let me know. I have an old bike under the house but it's spaced for 27 inch wheels...
re: Anyone ever make a truing stand?Spoke Wrench
Dec 10, 2002 9:01 AM
I've built some home made work stands, but none that I thought were as good as what I could buy. I think that experience caused me to give up on a home made trueing stand.

I've thought about bodging a trueing stand on a few occasions, but never did it. The big problem is that front and rear wheels have different over locknut dimensions which means that you either have to fabricate an adjustible means of holding the axle, or else bend the arms. I do a fair amount of work on tandems which have up to 160mm rear wheels, so bending the arms doesn't cut it.

Eventually bought a cheapie Minoura stand which is as far down the food chain as I am willing to go. Honestly, I think that anything less and you might as well revert to using the bike frame.

Today I also have a Park stand. Honestly, I think that I can do just as good a job with the cheap old Minoura, it just takes longer.
yep, it's called the @ss end of a crashed frame :)lonefrontranger
Dec 10, 2002 10:41 AM
seriously, one of the better bolt-down stands I've used was one that an ex created out of the remnants of his deceased Masi. He hacksawed the rear triangle off (the back end was still straight enough for truing purposes) and bolted it to the wall just beside his workbench. He added a small "bridge" as a rounding jig. Worked surprisingly well.

I might mention that we were all brokeass poor back then.
yep, it's called the @ss end of a crashed frame :)DINOSAUR
Dec 10, 2002 12:44 PM
That might work for me. My front wheel never needs truing. I can relate to being brokeass poor, living on a retirement paycheck. Now I'm discovering it's more expensive to maintain 2 bikes, but not if I spread the miles out between them. The hard part is staying off the Colnago MXL...
I've made a couple of truing stands..eddie m
Dec 10, 2002 12:46 PM
I mount a wheel horizontally a drilled out angle iron from the hardware store, and attach dial indicators to measure trueness. I've also used old forks with dial indicators attached at the brake bolt hole, but I like the horizontal one better. These stands take a little time to set up, but they are more accurate than any stand without dials. When I built my first couple of wheels, I even graphed the indicator readings as I tensioned the wheel(with Excel) to see what effect my efforts were having, but I quit doing that as I got more confident. If you use a fork, it's easier to get a couple of forks and bend them to match every width hub than it is to make one fork work for every hub. Counting the 2 dial indicators, I've got about $35 in 2 different stands.