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    An Idea For a Cheap Truing Stand

    So, it looks like my rear wheel needs to be trued. I found a video online that explains how to true your wheels by using the V brakes as a guide to see how close the rim is getting to the brakes. But what if you don't have V brakes?

    Well, I took my forks off the other day, and today as I was riding my bike, I had an idea: why not mount the forks on a wooden stand of some sort, turn them upside down, put on some V brakes, and then presto, a truing stand! I'm sure it wouldn't be as effective as a professional truing stand, but I think it would get the job done. I haven't checked Google or anything, but I wouldn't be surprised if this has been done before. Anyway, just thought I'd throw this out there and perhaps it will help a few people who have an extra pair of forks laying around!

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    yeah you can find videos of that on youtube

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    But wouldn't that only work for front wheels since rear axles are 35mm wider than fronts?
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    yeah only for the front

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    You can put zip ties on the frame and use the frame as a truing stand.

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    or you can get one for like 50 bucks on ebay

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpeters View Post
    You can put zip ties on the frame and use the frame as a truing stand.
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    or you can get one for like 50 bucks on ebay
    Both of these are great options. I've used zip ties and just eyeballing it in the past but I've more frequently used a truing stand that costs hundreds of dollars, so there's merit in both options.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crash Test Dumby View Post
    But wouldn't that only work for front wheels since rear axles are 35mm wider than fronts?


    Or you could source a Fatbike fork that is spaced @ 135mm.

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    I found my truing stand at Performance on sale for $30.

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    Mine as well spend the 30-50 for a actual truing stand. Truing is a valuable skill to know how to do, especially if your a clyde or buy budget wheels because eventually they will all go out of true.
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    One of the more prolific posters here maintains a site concerned with building (and maintaining) wheels at home, including some suggestions on how to make a truing stand.

    http://miketechinfo.com/new-tech-wheels-tires.htm
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    Thanks for the link. I had heard about the zip tie method before, but couldn't quite get my head around the concept until I saw it in the picture from the website. I thought that people somehow would increase wheel tension by putting the zip tie around two spokes and thought, "what?". So the visual really helped!

    So, will this method actually work for the rear wheel? I haven't yet tried it with one of my wheels, but the picture below makes me nervous:
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    It won't be able to account for dishing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaizer View Post
    It won't be able to account for dishing?
    Neither will any other cheap truing stand. Even the TS-2 isn't great for dishing. One thing you can always do is just flip the wheel from one side to the other and compare it to a fixed point.

    OP I would stick with the zip tie method or get a Park TS-2

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