[quote=“sam”]I have heard from a (just a, not more. but I do trust him somewhat) mechanic-friend that he finds it significantly harder to get wheels into vertical true (round) using anything but a park pro truing stand, making them the best option. It’s longer arm that the calipers sit on I guess, makes it easier to true a bigger part of the wheel.
On a different note, how are you going to learn to true wheels? Or do you already and how did you? I have tried to use the internet, but to little avail- I still pretty much suck at it, although I am better than I used to be. any advice?[/quote]
shit. i typed a reply to this and lost it somehow.
anyway, if you have a truing stand, put a junk wheel in it. if you don’t, put the wheel in the front fork of an upside-down bike. spin the wheel… pay attention to any wobbles it has.
pick a nipple/spoke on the drive side of the hub and mark its location with a sharpie or something. if it’s a front wheel you’re using, just pick a spoke that’s on the side of the hub that would be on the driveside of the bike.
turn that nipple one full turn clockwise. now spin the wheel… watch how the trueness has been affected to the area of the wheel that borders that nipple.
now turn that nipple one full turn counter-clockwise. it should return to roughly the same state as it was before you touched it.
now turn that same nipple another full turn counter-clockwise. spin the wheel… see how it now wobbles in the opposite direction than what it did when you turned the nipple clockwise?
turn that nipple back a full turn clockwise so you are back to how it was before you touched it. now repeat the same process with a spoke that attaches to the non-driveside of the hub.
this should be a good start towards understanding how to true wheels. now what you need to practice is the finesse aspect of it. you will be making very small adjustments to multiple spokes in order to fix wheels that are out of true. this is not something anyone can tell you how to do… you just have to take your time and make small adjustments. truing and wheelbuilding are really fun things to do in front of the TV, IMO.