Trek Women
October 25, 2007

Tried and true...

One of the things that I find so intriguing about my fellow Trek chick, Steph, is that she understands bike tech-y stuff. She knows how to true a wheel, fix flats in her sleep, use a pedal wrench. My bag of fix-it tricks features putting air in my tires and raising my seat.

Trek_rider2_024Now that I have my gorgeous Trek WSD road bike, I really want to be more mechanically minded and learn how to properly care for her. I e-mailed my friend, Jamie “JD” Dalecki, the Sports and Fitness Director at the Marine Barracks Washington at 8th & I who maintains about 30 bikes for the troops to use with a plea for help, “Teach me what ‘truing’ means!” He said come on over and bring your bike.

I rode the few blocks from my house to the Barracks Annex building, also home to the U.S. Marine Band, for my lesson. When you’ve got a wobble in your wheel -- your wheel rim is rubbing the brake pads -- it’s probably time for a true. My Trek was good so JD showed me how it works on one of the Marine bikes by alternately tightening and loosening spokes with a spoke wrench to adjust the tension.

You’ve almost got to become one with the wheel to feel the balance, sense the yin and the yang of the spokes to the whole, and find the patience to go slowly. I totally understand why Steph says she gets a Zen feeling from it. Here’s what I discovered, the Tao of Truing may be a little too advanced for me and it probably isn’t an easy task for a rider starting out. However, if you’re really interested in the steps, I found this how-to article from Bicycling magazine. My advice, go to your local shop or take a class first. That's my plan for now anyway while I get up to speed and unearth my inner tech.

Stay tuned… JD gives me the down and dirty on chain cleaning.

Comments

I didn't know you could tighten and loosen a spoke! Aren't those welded on or something?! I guess I learned something new. I'm with you; I'd like to learn to change a flat at least.

Have fun biking this weekend.

Posted by: Becky | Oct 26, 2007 12:55:08 PM

I didn't know you could tighten and loosen a spoke! Aren't those welded on or something?! I guess I learned something new. I'm with you; I'd like to learn to change a flat at least.

Have fun biking this weekend.

Posted by: Becky | Oct 26, 2007 12:55:09 PM

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