Truing wheels is one of those maintenance jobs that is far easier than it sounds. Anyone can have a go at it with a couple of simple tools.

To true a bicycle wheel you will need:

  • Patience
  • A stand. This can be home-made, high-end, cheap, or even an upturned bike.
  • Spoke key. Make sure you get the correct size for your spokes and nipples. (hehe…)
  • More advanced wheel-truers (or builders) may want to use a dishing tool or spoke tensionmeter.

In this example Daniel used a high-end wheel truing stand. However, you don’t need one of these; if your wheel is slightly buckled, you may be able to true it to acceptable level by using your brake pads as a gauge. Obviously this will not be as accurate as the stand that Daniel is using but it will get you home or tide you over between trips to the bike shop.

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John is obsessed with cycling and all about Italian bikes. John is fascinated by the prestige and tradition of Italian cycling and everything that it represents. His passion for vintage classic bikes is contagious and in particular his love for old school Pinarello. Having ridden some of Italy's monster climbs, including the famed 48 switch backs of Passo dello Stelvio, John likes to ride bikes that are showered in history and esteem, much like the famed climbs of the Giro D'Italia. John rides a Pinarello Quattro with full Campagnolo componentry.
  • John Hedgman

    Good demonstration on how to true my Mavic’s