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Truing stand question....(9 posts)

Truing stand question....joekm
Oct 31, 2002 6:15 AM
Yesterday, I posted a question about tools. After reading the responses and going over my reference on bike maintenance, it appears that best thing for me is to get tools as I need them.

So, I think I'm going to get myself a repair stand for Christmas. I found that Park makes a line of stands that include an optional truing attachment (

Anybody messed with these? Are they any good? Should I get a dish tool as well?

Let me know what you think.

PS-5 trueing standSpoke Wrench
Oct 31, 2002 6:34 AM
The trueing attachment you are talking about consists of a place to clamp your hub and one adjustible finger to use as a guide for trueing your wheel. It's a big step above using the brakes for wheel trueing purposes, but not up to separate trueing stand standards.

I have a wheel dish gauge, but I seldom use it. The majority of the time I just reverse the wheel in the trueing stand until I'm satisfied that the rim is centered between the lock nuts. I do this when using a TS-2 stand too because the self centering feature is seldom accurate. The one that I have at home is "pretty close" and the ones I've used at various shops range from worse to way worse.
TS 2 trueing standChen2
Oct 31, 2002 6:57 AM
The TS 2 seems to be the standard, it's the one I see in all of the LBS shops in my area. Santa Claus brought me one a few years ago and it's become my favorite bike tool. I also use the wheel reversing technique for centering the rim that Spoke Wrench referred to. The caliper arm can be adjusted laterally as needed for precise centering. With patience I suspect that a rim can be centered more accurately this way than with a dishing tool, but it's an iterative process and emphasis is on "patience".
re: Truing stand question....pmf1
Oct 31, 2002 7:17 AM
It looks functional, but probably not as good as the real thing. I'd worry about the repair stand moving while I was trying to true a wheel. You want the truing stand to be rock solid. I clamp mine to a workbench with a big C-clamp.

As far as a dishing tool goes, I've never owned one. You can check dishing by flipping your wheel around in a stand. Its not something I ever worry about. If a wheel is really out of dish, it won't center between your chain stays. Its never happened to me.

Park stands are nice. I've had mine for 10 years. Very useful.
re: Truing stand question....xxl
Oct 31, 2002 7:20 AM
I have a Park truing stand, but I also like to use a dishing tool (mostly because I'm anal-retentive, and it wasn't an expensive tool). But, to be honest, it's overkill for me, as I haven't built nearly as many wheels as I thought I would when I bought it. Yes, it's bombproof, but how much abuse does one person usually do to a truing stand? It is nice, though, to have some sort of dedicated truing stand, for convenience. If I had to do it over again, I'd probably get a cheaper one, e.g., Minoura. I understand Park makes a cheaper truing stand; I'd look seriously at that. It won't be any less accurate.

Some guys jury-rig stands out of old forks or strap iron and various clamps, etc. It's a cost-effective option if you're cash-strapped.
re: Truing stand question.... FOLLOW UPjoekm
Oct 31, 2002 7:38 AM
Just saw this at the Performance Bike web site.

Looks cost competitive with a Park Stand and the TS-5 attachment. I think I like the Spin Doctor repair stand better as it folds up smaller and appears to be more adjustable anyways.

Any thoughts on the Spin Doctor equipment?

Thanks again,
re: Truing stand question.... FOLLOW UPB2
Oct 31, 2002 8:35 AM
You can pick up the TS-2 cheaper. It seems to be the standard everyone else is trying to match. Never seen the Spin Doctor up close, but the photo makes it look pretty cheesy. Why fool with success? Get the TS-2.

Look closerpmf1
Oct 31, 2002 9:47 AM
For the $179, you get the truing stand AND the work stand.

The original poster should try another post asking about spindoctor stands. I bet there are plenty of folks here who have one.
re: I used one on a charity ride.dzrider
Oct 31, 2002 8:42 AM
I was happier with a cheap stand on a work bench and happier yet when the good Park stand was available. Like many others, I turn the wheel around to dish it.