Wheel Truing

When you get a flat tire, truing your wheel is something that will come in handy. Wheel truing can be done by anyone who has experience with mountain biking or bike repair.

Wheel truing is a delicate process that requires patience and precision. The first step in wheel truing is to make sure none of the spokes are loose by shaking them back-and-forth with your fingers, If the spoke wobbles or makes pinging noises when shaken in either direction, you’ll need to tighten before proceeding onward. Turn the spoke anti-clockwise with your fingers and thumb.

You can see if a wheel needs attention by trying out the wobble test, which consists of shaking and turning until you hear any squeaks or rattling disappear; this means that all spokes are tightened up and aligned nicely with one another so it’s time for some riding.

After that, it’s time to test just how accurate the wheel really is. To determine where the wheel is closest to rubbing on the brake, turn your bike upside down and spin it a few times.

It may be necessary to rotate the wheel backwards and then forwards in order to find the centre of the bulge on the tyre. Tighten the spokes that extend beyond the rim on the other side. If the spokes on the bulge side of the hub are already too tight, you’ll need to loosen a couple of the spokes on the other side of the hub.

It is simple to true a wheel, but depending on the sort of bike you have, it might be difficult to achieve good results. If your spokes require a little adjusting or loosening, be careful not to break any of them.