In alt.home.repair on Tue, 5 Aug 2003 22:12:13 -0700 "Desert Traveler"
Isn't there a statue of this atop the courthouse downtown? A
blindfolded woman with a bicycle wheel in each hand.
Once in a while the tire is long enough that part if it doesn't go far
enough into the rim. Then the bike goes upsydaisy, upsydaisy,
upsydaisy. Is that what you meant, PAF? It's hard to get that to stop
but I think I've managed to spread the excess length evenly around the
wheel. Or buy a new tire, and take the old one with you as a spare.
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A few people do. Not as many as you would expect. Many folks
who work at bike shops truing wheels don't have a clue as to how to do
One person who does know is Jobst Brandt. He wrote a book
called "The Bicycle Wheel" which tells about as much about bike wheels
and how to true them as you would want to know.
It takes a bit of skill and practice as well as quite a bit of
knowledge. You would be wise to investigate bike shops in your area
to find a skilled wheel builder.
That is the true, need a bit of skill and a lot of practice. If you are
willing to pay somebody to do it, you can experiment it first and more
likely after a week or tighting and losing the spoke you will need the
expert to finish it for you. Find the bumpy on top and the wiggle on the
side of the rim then adjust the spoke. That's all you need to do but
required skill and a lot of practice. Good luck.
Do you mean balance or true?
Truing is the act of getting the wheel round, equidistant from the hub
at all points, and straight (the opposite of a potato chip) in the
Balance is using weights to make each section of the wheel the exact
Balancing a bike tire dosen't get you anything, truing is very
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Bicycle tires are normally not "balanced" in the way a car tire is.
You might mean true the wheel. You not only have to get it round but
also straight as in from side to side. There are special jigs that
you can get to hold a wheel while truing it - the tire is normally
off. For side to side, you loosen the spoke on the side that leans out
and tighten the side that leans in.
Out of round is similar but you loosen both side spokes on the high
side and tighten them on the low side. The first couple of hundred
times you do this it can be really frustrating, until you get the hang
of it :-)
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