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Trueing Wheels & Spoke Tension(4 posts)

Trueing Wheels & Spoke Tensionjagiger
Jul 22, 2001 8:32 PM
I'm trying to figure out the correct spoke tension for my wheels. I got "The Wheel Book" and they talk alot about trueing but they don't make any recommendations other than sounding each spoke. Is there a better & more accurate way. I have an old Peugot which needs serious help as I need to replace all the steel spokes & it's out of alignment.

I also have mavec Krysium wheels on my new bike. Any thoughts there!

Thanks
did you look in the index? nmRusty McNasty
Jul 23, 2001 4:29 AM
did you look in the index? nmjagiger
Jul 23, 2001 8:44 AM
Yea, but like I mentioned, the book talks of the technique (pretty geneal stuff) & I wanted to get feedback from some one who might have done some truing.
MY edition..Rusty McNasty
Jul 23, 2001 9:41 AM
has charts of all the tensions, grouped by gauge and by length, in the INDEX. Does yours lack this? First you must BUILD the wheel before you TRUE it. Use a spoke tension gauge.
If you read the book, he does talk about proper technique in TRUING the wheel (basically, don't overtension spokes in one area, which is what mechanical incompetants often do). If you can't SEE where it needs to be trued, don't attempt to build a wheel-you will only end up in failure.
The accurate way of building a wheel is by following his instructions. If it is too much for you to follow, take it to a professional. There is no better or more accurate way than he describes. Any other way is a slip-shod job.