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 Post subject: Tool time: wheel dishing
PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:23 pm 
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Am currently building a rear wheel, spoke lengths aren’t 100% optimum, and I don’t particularly fancy messing about with flipping it in the truing stand to check dishing.

Two cheapest options are the “portable” Park WAG-5 or the Super-B TB 1930.

The latter looks better, but Park generally make good tools...

Any experience?


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:49 pm 
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Silly question, what's wrong with flipping it in the truing stand?

I mean you need to take off the stand anyway if you use a dishing tool. If the truing stand is not some flexy POS* I don't see a problem.

* like most on the market seem to be.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:10 pm 
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I use a stiff piece of cardboard cut to shape and a steel ruler. If you wanted to be really posh you could make one out of mdf!

Looks similar to this.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:09 pm 
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I've done it with two blocks of wood and a rule.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:16 pm 
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Woz wrote:
Silly question, what's wrong with flipping it in the truing stand?


Mainly the time it takes to set up the truing stand. Mine’s a sturdy but clunky home-made thing. I’ve used it before for dishing and it’s a bit of a slow process. Also for a wheel that’s not yet trued/tensioned like the one I’m building I reckon getting it roughly centred before I start tensioning spokes is probably a good idea.

I’ve thought about a DIY tool too, tempting, but my feeling is that spending £30 is probably worthwhile in the long term for the time and ball ache it will save...

Saying that, I want to get on with it now, so f*** it I’ll just use the stand. But if anyone has experience of the tools I’m considering (or other affordable ones) I’d be glad to hear it...


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:21 pm 
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Woz wrote:
I mean you need to take off the stand anyway if you use a dishing tool. [/size]


You really don't.

Had a bit of a "Why haven't I done this before???" moment when I did it the first time, now I always do dish in the stand.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:06 am 
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I have/use a Park WAG-4 ... and it works just Jim-dandy fine! :wink:


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