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How long/much/many time I can true a wheel???(4 posts)

How long/much/many time I can true a wheel???R600DuraAce
Jun 5, 2002 7:58 PM
Got a Mavic Open Pro rim here. So far, after a hard, long (somewhat bumpy) ride, my rear wheel needs to be trued. How much I can true the rim before I need to rebuild the wheel. Until I pull an eyelid? Breaking a spoke?
re: How long/much/many time I can true a wheel???HAL9010
Jun 5, 2002 8:36 PM
First go to the Sheldon Brown site. He hsa info and links galore. But while I have youe attention.

I certainly hope you never get your eye lid pulled. Far too painfull. (Eyelett?)

You can true the bugger forever as long as you are not only just tightening spokes but also loosening the corresponding Spokes adjacent to the one you are tightening.

If you do manage to pull out an eyelett you ahve way over tightend that spoke! and probably several of the others on the wheel. Time to back something off. A tension meter wouuld be a good tool to ahve in your garage.

Go to the Sheldon Brown site!
re: How long/much/many time I can true a wheel???R600DuraAce
Jun 6, 2002 3:43 AM
Thanks. :-)
Depends.Spoke Wrench
Jun 6, 2002 6:49 AM
A good quality rim that is straight shouldn't need very much trueing.

If you find yourself repeatedly trueing your rim, the chances are you have a wheel with several spokes that are significantly out-of-tension. Retrueing the wheel generally tends to make it worse because tightening or loosening one spoke affects the tension on every other spoke. The customary fix for a wheel like that is to loosen every single spoke until you can see one thread above the nipple and then gradually and evenly build the tension back into the wheel.

If you do this accurately, and if your rim was straight to start with, and if your spokes are all the same length, and if you don't try to do too much at one time, your wheel shouldn't take very much final trueing and should take very little work to make it stay true.