Readers ask: How To Remove A Hop From A Bicycle Wheel?

How do I get rid of bike wheel hop?

Generally people tighten spokes when wheel truing so the hop is probably in. You generally have to adjust at least 2 spokes and usually some more spokes on each side of the hop. If it’s too tight, you loosen the immediate spokes, then as you progress away, you loosen those spokes less and less as you proceed away.

How do you get spoke nipples off rims?

The technique that I’ve used most successfully, even with a carbon fat rim, is to hold the rim about an inch above the ground with the valve hole facing down and let the rim drop so that it dribbles a few times and continue this vibration technique until each nipple falls out.

How true should a bike wheel be?

The wheel does not have to be perfectly round or true; slight runouts are acceptable (a few millimeters). As long as there are no loose spokes and the wheel is reasonably straight (the rim and tire mustn’t rub on the brake pads), it will ride nicely and hold up fine.

How much does it cost to true a wheel?

If the wheel is fixable–it generally looks good but has a wobble–you can expect your local bike shop to charge $20 – $30 to true it using professional equipment like a truing stand for the perfect line and roundness.

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What does truing a wheel mean?

Wheel truing is the process of using a spoke wrench to change the tension of spokes to improve the straightness and roundness, or trueness, of the wheel. A professional mechanic is able to adjust spoke tension so that each aspect is optimal.

Can you true a wheel with the tire on?

The absolute answer to your question is yes. Saying that, however, it is not something I would do. If you were concerned about offset only (bent left or right when looking from the rear or front) then I would say go ahead, but out of round requires that the have a surface you test for the vertical delta.

How do you tighten spokes without tools?

You can use an unbutchered screwdriver if the spokes do not go all the way through the nipple. If they do, then a screwdriver with a slot cut into it can work. This method works when the spokes are rounded out. But its much better to spend a few bucks on a spoke wrench that fits.

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