How to true a bicycle wheel: Unveiling a bike wheel is simply straightened the wheel. If a spoke is broken or bumped in its place while driving, the wheel will rub against your brake pads, causing it to move quickly and unevenly. Over time, this will have an adverse effect on the condition of your wheel. If your wheel is firmly out of balance, it may be best to replace the wheel. Ask your local bicycle store for advice and assistance if needed.
Bicycle wheels can take a surprising amount of abuse from their weight, but even the best wheels were hitting around a little too much. Chains, wobbles, and rim bumps are common results of gravel road trips or another rough usage, and this type of wheel wear can affect your walks. Learning to realign, or correct, the wheels of a bike is a practical skill.
How to true a bicycle wheel: Instructions
- Mount your wheel on a dressing stand and rotate it. Tighten the guide brackets of the stand as close to the edge as possible without rubbing.
- Turn the wheel again and look for wobble using the stirrups as guides. Locate the distorted worst section, then find the two rays closest to the center of the curve. Each radius must pull the rim to a different side of the wheel hub.
- Place a drop of lubricant on the nipple of each spoke (the bracket is fixed to the side and accepts the spoke wrench). Give each nipple a minuscule twist to the spoke wrench to loosen it, feeling careful to ensure the spoke itself does not spin. Work the nipple gently until you can turn it on without twisting the radius.
- Tighten the nut of the range pulling in front of the curve by a quarter turn. Loosen the second spoke the same amount.
- Spin the wheel again. Check to see if the swing is still there. If you can see it, tighten the two nearest rays no more than a quarter turn each.
- Check for other elbows in the wheel and adjust the closest spokes to remove them if necessary.
How to true a bicycle wheel: Tips and Warnings
- If you do not have access to a dressage stand, turn your bike upside down and use the brake pads as guide brackets.
- Work in small increments. Tighten or loosen more than one-quarter turn at a time to repair deformed areas.
- Some bike rims do not protect the nipples inside. If your rims are not protecting tape or stripping to protect the inner tube, deflate your tires before dressing.
- Tighten or loosen the spoke nut in the quarter or half turn increments.
How to true a bicycle wheel: Things you need
- Spoke wrench