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Considering getting a wheel truing stand to build and maintain wheels.
Any recommendations or ones to avoid?
Some appear to have clamp type gauges instead of (fine) threaded gizmos.
What is your one Richard? What did it cost?
an old fork in a vise with zip ties for feelers works just a well but I suppose it depends on how many wheels you plan on building or how often you plan on truing your wheels. Someone on this forum also posted a picture of a truing stand made out of the rear triangle of an old frame (anyone know which thread ?)
Thinks so... IIRC, there was a link in the MacGyver thread.
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London Boy 29/12/2011
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I've got the Minoura. It's not bad. The arms push in and out together to take the different width hubs (this is where your bike fork will miss out). The axle just sits in a V slot so you're relying on the skewer to hold it in place.
It has a graduated scale on a frame just under the rim. Theoretically, you should be able to centre the rim on the hub with this, but the scale on mine is offcentre by 2mm. I check the reading on one side, then turn the wheel around and check it again, something I suspect is good practice anyway. I don't use the pointers for truing either, I just eyeball the scale - very easy and effective.
It's a cheap stand but effective. You can buy better and if I was building a set of wheels every week, it'd piss me off in no time. However, for the occasional set of wheels (I've built three sets now), it's fine.
I won't recommend it over something else, it's not that good. However, if it's the one on offer at the right price, buy it with confidence because it is effective.
I had a good bike ... so I fixed it
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