Thread started by madmike
at 02.12.09 - 7:15 pm
Okay so the other day I was hauling ass through atwater village and suddenly I felt the back of my bike lift up a little when I landed it felt a little akward.so then I stoped and I checked out my rear wheel and it apreared crooked/bent.
What can I do to make it straight again or where can I go?
I dont know how to do it myself yet but youre able to fix it w/ a certain tool that tighten the spokes. For the mean time I take mines to the bike shop that knows what theyre doing, believe it or not some dont
02.12.09 - 7:19 pm
It's called "truing," and any bike shop can do it for you for relatively cheap.
Or go to a bike co-op, and they'll teach you how to do it using their tools. It's not hard, but it takes concentration. You should true your wheels (or have your wheels trued) regularly — it'll keep 'em from folding up irreparably should you run over another bump like that again.
Bike co-ops in Los Angeles, in case your Google is broken:
Bike Kitchen, at Heliotrope and Melrose
Bike Oven, on Figueroa? I forget. And my Google is broken.
BikeRoWave, at Berkeley and Nebraska, in Santa Monica.
02.12.09 - 7:41 pm
Whoah, Avis_One, you've been to a bike shop that can't true wheels?! Holy crap. Don't go there again! Sounds like they don't really know what they're doing.
02.12.09 - 7:42 pm
+1 on the bike collectives (kitchen/oven/bikerowave)
All you need is some time at a truing stand and a spoke wrench and you can learn pretty easily.
Or, you can buy the spoke wrench, turn your bike upside down, use the brake as a guide, and true it wherever.
Sheldonbrown.com probably has a bunch of good info.
02.12.09 - 7:52 pm
Thank you katiepoche!
And besides I think I need to head down to b.k (bicycle kitchen)soon anyways,
I think I need a new pair or pedals since mine aren't really cutting it for me.
02.12.09 - 7:57 pm
And thats one of the reasons why Im learning things on my own
02.12.09 - 8:18 pm