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    Truing a wheel

    My singlespeed has a nice warp in the back rim. Is it worth trying to correct it myself? I watched the Shimano guy at Solstice last year do it and the guy was awsome. Anyone try it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nvandall
    My singlespeed has a nice warp in the back rim. Is it worth trying to correct it myself? I watched the Shimano guy at Solstice last year do it and the guy was awsome. Anyone try it?
    I definitely think you should do it. However, do your homework as it is not as easy as you first think. You need to understand why it is warped, and all that factors you need to consider to make sure after you re-true the wheel, it stays true.

    Read everything here twice, and you will be good to go...

    http://sheldonbrown.com/wheelbuild.html
    It's only pain......

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    Thanks!

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    Do it. Take your time. 1/4 turns at a time if need be. Make sure you have the right size spoke wrench.
    I suck at truing wheels by the way but I'm still riding the wheel that I pulled back from the dead last summer, which puts me one step closer to a new bike right?
    Cheers, Dave

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    definitely worth trying. Worst case scenario is you still have to bring it in, best case scenario is you save yourself the trip and learn something valuable.

    If you do this regularly you'll find that moving into wheel building is not as scary as it sounds. All you need is patience and good music to keep you going

    Clem

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    few things to keep in mind with wheel truing:

    1) work in 2's if you tighten one side, loosen the other
    2) watch for hop due to excessive tightening of spokes (hop = wheel shaped like an oval)
    3) try and keep the rim centered over the hub as best as possible as to reduce strain on spokes
    4) be patient.

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