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    Radial Truing/Roundness

    Thanks for replies guys. I just found out about this community bike shop that will let you pay $6 to use all their tools for an hour, so I'm gonna take my wheel there tonight and try some of these techniques on an actual truing stand. I managed to secure a new wheel from craigslist for $15, so...
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    Radial Truing/Roundness

    I have some old wheels on an old bike that I'm constantly having to true. I'm new to truing and have just about gotten comfortable with lateral adjustments, and it's not a big deal to correct some side-to-side wobble anymore. Anyway, when I was inspecting my front wheel today, I noticed a "low...
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    vintage bike pics!

    Here's my Eaton's RoadKing. Not sure how hold it is, but I'm pretty sure it falls under the vintage label. As I understand it this bike is worthless, but I love it to death and it rides like a dream.
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    Question about wheels...

    I think I forgot to mention that this was a rear wheel, so I'm not sure how good a comparison the racer and the dog are. At any rate I hope my little foreign mechanic is diligently turning my spokes right now and I'll be on the road again tomorrow night. If not, I will take it to a more upscale...
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    Question about wheels...

    I weigh 175, so I don't know how much that is a factor. I took the wheel back today and asked the guy if he could fix it and he seemed very reluctant to, but said he would try for $8. If I go back tomorrow and he wasn't able to I'm gonna be pretty upset, because he didn't seem willing to offer...
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    Question about wheels...

    Since I bought the wheel secondhand from a bike shop which I would describe as "seedy" and having read all the threads on here about warped rims, I suspect this was a bent rim that was tensioned back into shape and resold, and somehow the stress of the hard stop cause it to return to crappiness...
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    Question about wheels...

    If a wheel has loose spokes or is maybe built improperly somehow, can riding on it cause it to become untrue? I just bought a 27" wheel for my bike for $50 yesterday and rode about 15 miles on it today. It was fine when I got it and for the duration of my ride, but as I pulled into my driveway...
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    Destroyed my wheel

    That's kinda what I was afraid of hearing. I got the bike at a garage sale for $10, but I love how it rides, I can outpace guys on much newer more expensive bikes without breaking a sweat. I already dropped $100 on it to get it tuned up and trued and have the freewheel and chain replaced as...
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    Destroyed my wheel

    Thanks for the prompt reply. The only reason I haven't taken it in already is that my friend told me when his wheel was this screwed up they refused to true it, and a new rim will run me at least $100. (Which I don't have.) I'm not sure if my rims are alloy, my bike is admittedly ancient, it's...
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    Destroyed my wheel

    I'm hoping to get some advice on where to go from here. A few weeks ago I got my bike a full tuneup including having the wheels trued before going on a weeklong tour with my friend. I had attached a rack to it and had about 15 lbs of stuff on it, and it fell over while we were stopped, and...