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Old 04-03-2008, 10:44 PM   #1
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Tire balancing.

Anybody got any good techniques?

No balancer...
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Yeah, get a balancer.

You could use a rod that is roughly the diameter of the axle and use that to balance, but I wouldn't recommend it.

, just take the wheel to a shop and let them balance it.
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Old 04-03-2008, 10:51 PM   #3
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Yeah, get a balancer.

You could use a rod that is roughly the diameter of the axle and use that to balance, but I wouldn't recommend it.

, just take the wheel to a shop and let them balance it.
Well, work ownz.

I am changing out my tires tommorow, and I get off late. I am planning on riding early in the morning before the shops open.
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Old 04-04-2008, 01:14 PM   #4
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ive replaced lots and lots of bike tires and never balanced them, never noticed a difference and never had one wobble
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ive replaced lots and lots of bike tires and never balanced them, never noticed a difference and never had one wobble


why risk it? those two pieces of rubber is the only thing keepin you from falling over.....i dont know bout you, but i wouldn't wanna jeopardize that with wobbly wheels.
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notice his bikes are all old.. he doesnt care lol
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dontcha put a weight at the top of the tire after you spin it? how do you know how many weights to put?
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Yeah, get a balancer.

You could use a rod that is roughly the diameter of the axle and use that to balance, but I wouldn't recommend it.

, just take the wheel to a shop and let them balance it.
Or just use your axle that you have already removed to take the wheel off...
Support that so the wheel rotates easily.

Spin the wheel lightly, and mark the wheel at the top when it stops on its own.
*If the wheel always stops in one position it is well balanced...

To add weights...

place a weight on the marked area of the wheel (with tape)
rotate the wheel 1/4 turn and see if the wheel stops there. if it does its balanced...
If the wheel rotates and the weight goes up, go to the next size.
You are looking for the wheel to remain at rest after being rotated 1/4 turn.

Attach the wheel weight/s permanently...


Its real easy and simple once you get the hang of it...
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dontcha put a weight at the top of the tire after you spin it? how do you know how many weights to put?
It's pretty easy using a gravity/static balancer. Yep, just spin slightly, wheel will stop w/ "heavy" spot at the bottom. I work in 1/4 oz increments. I attach (temporarily) a 1/4 oz weight at the top. Then rotate the wheel weight to 3 or 9 o'clock and release. If the weight goes up, then add another 1/4 oz (and so on if necessary). If it creeps or stays put, then re-attach the weights "permanently" and you're good to go. You might also place and release the wheel at different places and make sure it just creeps around or stays put.
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It's pretty easy using a gravity/static balancer. Yep, just spin slightly, wheel will stop w/ "heavy" spot at the bottom. I work in 1/4 oz increments. I attach (temporarily) a 1/4 oz weight at the top. Then rotate the wheel weight to 3 or 9 o'clock and release. If the weight goes up, then add another 1/4 oz (and so on if necessary). If it creeps or stays put, then re-attach the weights "permanently" and you're good to go. You might also place and release the wheel at different places and make sure it just creeps around or stays put.
That's the same thing I do with my balancer, and I use masking tape to temporarily secure the weights.

Using the axle usually doesn't work well because it's usually not long enough.

I've used (in a pinch) two jack stands with a long rod and static spun the wheel that way.
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Spin the wheel lightly, and mark the wheel at the top when it stops on its own.
*If the wheel always stops in one position it is well balanced...



Say what?


well add a pound of weight to any side, spin it several times, I promise it will always stop in one position and according to you its ballanced.
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