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wheel truing standsgetoffmywheel
May 24, 2003 5:18 AM
what is the best one for home mechanic? I am looking at the Performance Minoura knock off, the Park ts-7 (the $75 one) and Ultimate (USSBike) truing stand? Can't find any user experience for the Ultimate one but like the cast iron base plate and attatchment ability to the Pro Stand which would be nice for rice day. Price not as much of issue as quality and functionality.

Any thoughts?
re: wheel truing standseddie m
May 24, 2003 5:45 AM
Get the cheapest stand possible, and spend the money you save on measuring tools. I use an old fork to build wheels, but I added 2 dial indicators I picked up at a used tool store. Because the indicators give me a numerical values for the rim error, I can graph the values (in Excel). The bar graph gives me a clear picture of where my wheel is and what effect my adjustments have. After about 5 wheels I gave up the bar graph, but it was a good substitute for the feel that you can only get through experience. My next purchase would be a Park spoke tension guage. I also check the dish by setting the wheel on blocks on a table and measuring the height of the locknut with a vernier caliper. My stuff takes a little extra set up time, but my wheels are at least as good as any wheels I've had made locally. If I had to build a wheel in an hour I would look for a top quality stand, but the wheels wouldn't be any better or easier to build, only faster. Plus, I like the idea of making my own tools (which saves money)as much or more than making my own wheels, which cost as much or more than professionally made wheels.
re: wheel truing standsSpiderman
May 24, 2003 8:07 AM
thats awesome. Do you have pictures of your setup? I have only built a few wheels but i feel what is holding me back is the fact that i don't have a stand. I do have an old fork and for the time being had been truing the wheel on the bike (using brake pads) but the dial indicators sounds pretty cool. Also, are you able to email me a copy of the excel spreadsheet you are using? I love home made bicycle repair "tools" and have a short but growing list (headset press, and well thats about it)
I've got one for cheapLarry Klassen
May 24, 2003 11:15 AM
I have a Minoura one, I believe, that I would let go pretty cheap. I have a Park I got from a shop in a trade, so I don't use this one anymore. I'd trade for any parts as well (I currently need an Ultegra or better cassette, 9 speed, but would consider other stuff). Make me an offer, though, and we could work something out. Email me at ljklassen(at)mts(dot)net - replace the words in parentheses with symbols, of course.
re: wheel truing standseddie m
May 24, 2003 12:01 PM
Sorry, I don't have any pictures. The set up is pretty simple, just a 3/8" X 3" bolt through the brake hole of the fork, and then steel straps and bolts (ordinary hardware store stuff)to put the indicators where I need them. I'll send you the spreadsheet if you post your e-mail.
re: wheel truing standsSpiderman
May 25, 2003 2:19 PM
cool thanks. my email is acopleman(at)yahoo(dot)com. Are you able to adjust the locations of your dials? or do you only build 700c wheels?
... Got the Ultimate stand...Akirasho
May 24, 2003 12:20 PM
... among others...

It's main selling point is as you mentioned... it's ability to integrate into an Ultimate stand (at least the Pro... nice just to save a bit of space in your home shop or for wrenching out in the wilds (trail head, SAG, etc.) Other than that... it's no big whoop.

Since the stand only uses one arm... affixing your wheel takes a bit more time but it does open up your work area. Lateral and radial true is easily and accurately guagable. The heavy base is sufficient for benchtop wheelbuilds (mine actually sits on an old bar stool) but it's relatively easy to slap it on your stand out in the field... plus, when used in public... it makes you look like you know what you're doing.

Be the bike.