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Anyone own the Park TM-1 Spoke Tension Meter?(9 posts)

Anyone own the Park TM-1 Spoke Tension Meter?Ken of Fresno
Feb 13, 2003 1:06 PM
Looks like it might be the next thing on my list of bike tools to get. Anybody have any first hand experience with this device? It seems much more reasonably priced than most other spoke tensiometers I've seen.

YepEl Kabong
Feb 13, 2003 1:40 PM
Got mine a couple of weeks ago -- also from Mike at oddsandendos. Mike ships Express Mail, which is really nice when you've spent the money and can't wait to have the purchase in your hot little hands.

The TM1 is a very nice tool -- well though out, sturdy, and very simple to use. It gives very repeatable readings, and comes with a spoke gauge and a conversion chart. You just measure the spoke thickness at the thinnest point, read the tension on a linear scale, and then convert to Kgs on the conversion chart. The chart includes all sorts of spokes, from standard to obscure.

I have not seen the Wheelsmith tensiometer, but it looks like it is more cheaply made than the Park, and costs over twice as much. I've built a number of wheels without a tensiometer and they came out fine, but the TM1 is a really, really nice tool. Strongly recommended.

El K.
Thanks. Glad to hear it. I'm eager to get one. nmKen of Fresno
Feb 13, 2003 2:44 PM
So, to summarizeKerry
Feb 13, 2003 5:13 PM
You have no need for this tool but it's "strongly recommended."
... yep...Akirasho
Feb 13, 2003 5:45 PM
... this is a bit of a stretch but bear with me...

I own two Friden electro mechanical calculators... each weighing about 35 pounds. They perform 'bout the same functions as a modern IC based handheld weighing a few grams and are fairly impractical for everyday use (though in their day, they were state of the art)... but if you come across one... I strongly recommend it (you should see (and hear) one of these puppys in action... let's you know where the term "crunch some numbers" came from).

... a man and his tool... ummmmm, yeah.

Be the bike.
Exactly rightEl Kabong
Feb 13, 2003 6:10 PM
Capable mechanics appreciate having nice tools (regardless of need) and those who run to the LBS when they get a flat don't. It would appear that you, Klueless, fall into the latter category. Thanks for replying, though.

El K.
I guess it's sort of like that 5th bike. nm :)Ken of Fresno
Feb 13, 2003 6:12 PM
So, to summarizegtx
Feb 13, 2003 7:08 PM
I've used the Wheelsmith ones when I worked in shops. They are overpriced and I could never really tell if they were calibrated properly. They are a helpful learning tool for some people but experienced wheelbuilders don't need or use 'em. However, it is good for pro builders to have 'em just so you can tell the customer you used it.

I would say that the Park looks like a much better value. It should still be closer to half that price, IMO. Mike at oddsandendos seems like a very cool guy and I'd trust his judgement of it.
yes; works fine; building my first wheel right now nmDougSloan
Feb 13, 2003 7:54 PM