rim tacoing

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  1. N8dogg

    N8dogg New Member

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    my back rim is tacoing slightly and I tried taking it to the local bike shop but they wouldnt fix the spokes for me. Is it bad to be riding when the rim is tacoing ? It isnt bad but it does worry me a little
     
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    eventually itll fold up on a hard bump
     
  3. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    Just true it up yourself and save the 20 bucks.
     
  4. Nougat

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    I'd think you should take the rag joint off before you do any truing. And if you've done that, take the plain old bike wheel in and have them true it of you want. Of course they're not going to true it with the sprocket on.
     
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    I have never trued it up b4. lol what would I need to do? It isnt that bad , I am just being cautious. Does everyones wheels ride super straight
     
  6. beentryin

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    you can get them perfectly straight if you work the spokes,but spokes are like head bolts on a car engine ,once you tighten the they stretch,
     
  7. Junster

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    Use a piece of wire wrapped around one of the rear stays for a pointer and spin the rim. tighten and loosen the spokes to true it up then spin the rim and use a box end wrench to bounce off the spokes as it spins. You listen for the tightness. To loose sounds dead to tight sounds to tight. It may take a bit but after the first one you'll be good enough to always do it yourself.
     
  8. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    I think you'd be surprised at just how many spokes are loose or too tight after you mount the sprocket/rag joint. The problem is, after you get the wheel trued up, and re-mount the rag joint, it all goes out the window (sometimes).
     
  9. N8dogg

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    If I end up trying to true it up is it ok to reuse the sprocket assembly or would I need a new one?
     
  10. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    Yeah, just put it back on when you are done.
     
  11. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    The easiest way (it takes a little time) is to remove the wheel from the bike, remove the tire and tube and use a screw driver on the spoke nipples. Look up "wheel truing" on google for an in depth overview of how to do it, and then take your time.

    It really is pretty easy.
     
  12. noco

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    wow the title suggested that it had folded.....when i used to ride downhill i would stomp, and slam the wheel untill it was kinda true....but that was just to get you off the hill....the whell at that point was already junk.....hey just tighten your loose spokes and ride some more
     

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