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Is a wheel truing stand essential for a cyclist?
- Alice SLv 64 weeks ago
Turn your bike upside down. Tape two felt tips to the frame, either side of the wheel, equidistant so that the tip is near your rim. Spin the wheel. Anywhere the tip touches the wheel means that you need to tweak the the spokes until the wheel runs true. Not a bad hack that costs you some tape and two felt tips.
- blazingpedalsLv 64 weeks ago
I've been riding in a club for 35 years and I don't own a truing stand. Essential? I'd say "no."
- ALBERTLv 51 month ago
Not essential but sure helpful when you ride many miles, ( that with the skills to true a wheel properly).Because it is not a great experience to have a wobbly wheel. An other option is to have spare wheels available and bring the ones that need truing there!Source(s): Cycled many miles for a living.
- Sidewinder JerryLv 61 month ago
If you're a wheel builder then yes it is. Having it is useless, if you don't have the skills to use it.Source(s): Motorized bicycle owner and builder.
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- MattmanLv 61 month ago
A big yes for me.
- OldHippieLv 71 month ago
"Essential" how? If you plan on building your own wheels, it's crucial. Even a Home Truing Stand runs about $138.95. https://www.parktool.com/product/home-mechanic-whe... Professional models cost more.
If you only have a slight wobble, use the rim brake pads as a guide to get it close. Even then...I take it to a bike shop for them to double check my work. For bikes with disc brakes, use a couple of zip ties.
- DavidLv 61 month ago
Far from it.
Unless you plan to true and/or build your own wheels, you won’t have ANY use of a trueing stand.
Even if you plan to true and/or build wheels occasionally, a stand ISN’T required.
A stand makes it EASIER, faster. But it’s entirely possible to true or build good wheels simply using the frame/fork to hold the hub. Zip ties work well as reference points for round and true.