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Bicycle wheel truing stand

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This is a simple truing stand for bicycle wheels. It's no-frills so it might not appeal to professional bike mechanics but it's perfect for recreational bikers who might only build a few wheels a year. It's made from just a few pieces of steel so it's cheap, and it breaks down nicely for storage.

I made it at TechShop.
www.techshop.ws

To create this wheel truing stand you’ll need the following raw materials:
- 36 in. x 2 in. x 1/8 in. steel angle
- 36 in. x 1 in. x 1/8 in. steel angle

Steel angle (aka angle iron) is just a length of steel that is bent at a 90 degree angle along its long axis, forming an L in cross-section. It’s pretty cheap and you can get the two pieces you need from your big-box hardware depot for about $20.

You will also need the following tools (all of which are available at TechShop):
- Angle iron bender/notcher
- Vertical bandsaw
- Disk grinder or hand file (to clean up rough edges)
- MIG welder
- C-clamps, welding magnets

These are tools that I had available to me at TechShop so that’s what I used. This wheel truing stand is pretty simple so other metalworking tools and techniques can be used to build this project.
 
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grooverjamesr9 months ago
I was a bike mechanic for 7 years, You can save it. Truing a wheel requires only a spoke wrench and the forks of the bike the wheel is mounted on.
Simply, all you need to do is adjust the spoke tension as the wheel is on the fork and tune it according to spacing visually against either a stationary mark (brake apparatus) or a finger held in parallel to the fork pointing at the wheel rim.
Good effort though, this stand looks like a really good design, it would probably serve its purpose.
nthomas121 year ago
Seems like you could run some threaded rod through the lower part of the uprights from either side (maybe with sharpened tips), and you'd have simple calipers for truing. You could make markings to make sure dishing was good.

Of course this would only work for one size rim, but you could have multiple positions for smaller wheels!!?
Lucky for me, I inherited a pro-Park Truing stand from a Bike club years ago... :) but this is a nice simple design.
Edgar1 year ago
Nice!
Voted, and it went to my Blog:
http://faz-voce-mesmo.blogspot.pt/2013/05/brinquedos-didacticos-cnc-para-sonhar-o.html
Aik681 year ago
The idea is simple and neat and it can fit both front and rear wheels.
I would improve the notched area removing part of the angular making more room for the locking device of the wheel, so it will look more like the front fork drop out. Locking the wheel on the stand is very important to make a precise truing of the wheel and in this case to make the stand even more solid.
Also I would add some brakets to install a comparator or a adjustable reference both for lateral and radial truing. I also made my own stand but even using brake pads on the bicycle as reference it's possible to have very good results. I use the stand only when I need to make heavy repair where for example I need to hammer (using a piece of wood in between) the rim to repair radial bumps that are impossible to solve working only on the tension of the spokes. Of course the stand has to be fixed on a vise.
ehsiung (author)  Aik681 year ago
Thanks for the suggestions. You're right, removing some material from the upright would let me use the QR skewer to secure the wheel to the stand, I hadn't thought of that. I am planning to add some sort of gauge or feelers to show trueness and roundness, just haven't worked out the design yet.
dawfuu1 year ago
I found that it is faster and easier and cheaper to just turn your bicycle upside down and use it for a truing stand. Use the brakes as a reference and "true" away.
ehsiung (author)  dawfuu1 year ago
I do the same thing when I need to true up a wheel with a wobble, but when I'm building a new wheel a dedicated stand make a huge difference.
arnoldroff1 year ago
Darn good idea! Americans at their best. Rock on Brother.
Nice and simple idea. I've got a few ideas how I can use this to make something similar as I've no welding facilities available but have wood and plastic. If I get something done I'll put it up for scrutiny.
monty3241 year ago
This is a simple design for a very useful thing, I love it. for anyone who does not own a welder or does not have a techshop nearby you can also make it from wood.
rjnerd1 year ago
Its a clean design, but whatever happened to the old tradition of either just taking a pair of old forks, and spreading one to take rear wheels, or one fork, and one set of chainstays w/bottom bracket chopped out of an otherwise dead frame.
ehsiung (author)  rjnerd1 year ago
I didn't have an old fork handy or else I might have gone that route. But it was also fun to come up with something new and different.
Nice and simple stand. Good work. I can see adapting it for other purposes.