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and ovalized wheel sucks.(5 posts)

and ovalized wheel sucks.niteschaos
Sep 22, 2002 7:12 PM
I broke 2 spokes the other day on a ride through crappy Atlanta streets. I got the wheel back from a shop (that I hobbled to during the ride) today and found that not only did the guy install a spoke gaurd (the spoke that broke wear on the drive side of the rear wheel) that won't allow me to use my lowest gear, but that the rim isn't in round. I'm trying to get it in round, but I won't have access to a trueing stand til Tuesday.

Any tips on truing a wheel vertically?


By the way, the shop was "In Town Cycles". Avoid like the plague! of Fresno
Sep 22, 2002 10:27 PM
Click on the link that says (or just scroll down to) "truing and tensioning."

If you're not happy, why don't you take the wheel back and see if they'll make it right? You might want to talk to the manager. He may not know he has a mechanic that can't properly true a wheel.

Best of luck,
re: and ovalized wheel sucks.spookygeek
Sep 23, 2002 4:23 AM
Try the bicycle link on Pharr Rd in buckhead.

Good luck.Spoke Wrench
Sep 23, 2002 4:40 AM
Correcting a side-to-side wobble is a fairly easy task. Once a wheel gets ovalized, coaxing it back into round is a different story.

The first thing that I would do would be to remove one of your brand new spokes so that you can measure it accurately and compare it's length with one of the existing spokes on the bike. I wouldn't assume they are the same, and if they are off by a millimeter or two it will screw up the rest of the process.

If they are the same, I would loosen every single spoke until I could see one thread on each spoke. That way I know I'm starting with them all even. Then I would gradually build tension evenly back into the wheel no more than 1/2 turn at a time. Take care that the nipples are actually turning on the spoke insted of the spokes just winding up. If all goes well, you will eventually achieve a round wheel again.

If you brought that wheel to me, I'd pretty much have to make the same labor charge as I would for building a whole new wheel. It will certainly take at least that much time.
The best way to true a vertically out-of-round wheelniteschaos
Sep 24, 2002 7:10 AM
use a freinds truing stand and take all the tension out of the wheel and start from scratch. Not only did I manange to get all the kinks and lumps out of the wheel, but I mananged to end up with all the spokes of equal tension. the shop that I originally took the wheel too had a messed up truing stand, so the reason why the non-drive side spokes were pretty slack was that the wheel wasn't dished properly.

Man, I'm glad I didn't have to get a new rim over this, or pay more for tools or time.