Friday, April 26, 2013

I Trued a Wheel!

I love working on my bike, but there was one skill I never acquired. In service to a project Husband and I have been working on I had to learn how. I had to true a wheel.My heart leapt and my stomach clenched at the thought, but there was no one else who could do it. Unforeseen issues had already made this far more expensive than budgeted for and I hate taking thing to the shop.
 After watching tons of YouTube videos and sweating about it for a couple of days I bit the bullet and did it. It only took a couple of hours to do both tires.
I used a marker to show me where it needed adjustment and had to be very careful so I didn't damage anything. There were no spare parts to fix any mistakes. At first my nerves were jangling and I could feel myself getting hotter. Then I remembered to breathe. It was slow going but I really enjoyed it. It was kind of meditative to sit there and gently turn the wrench and spin the wheel. Slowly it came into round and became usable again. When I was done there was barely any wobble and it spun great.
Now I'm going to have to true up Lucy's tires; the back one takes a bit of a beating and has a slight wobble.

Ginger and Princess got bored.


  1. Proud of YOU!

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  2. It's certainly a skill I go out of my way to avoid. I'd rather clean a toilet! Wow, I;m impressed that you tried and it was success, first time You must be stoked.

  3. It was scary, but the only option. I'm glad I did it though!

  4. Oh wow. Clever, clever, clever. And I love the blissed out cats too.

  5. That's great! It's always an advantage to learn new skills.