A bike wheel can be unbuckled, straightened or trued by using a truing stand and a spoke wrench. Find out how to adjust bike spokes opposite of where the wheel is hitting with help from an experienced bicycle mechanic in this free repair video on unbuckling bike wheels.
Hi this is Christian from Mellow Johnny's in Austin, Texas, and today I am going to show you how to unbuckle, straighten, and/or true a wheel depending on what term you use. Basically what you will need to do is once you have located where the wheel is hitting, for instance if you have this truing stand here. One of the tools in addition to the truing stand you will need would be a spoke wrench, which they come in various colors, and each color dictates a different size. Most wheels on a factory bicycle are the red one, and this should fit most bicycles. There is also a multi-spoke tool, which will fit various different sizes. It will have maybe three, four, or five different sizes and/or applications. You will need to adjust the spokes opposite of where the wheel is hitting. If the wheel is let's say going the opposite direction you would either loosen and/or tighten the opposite two spokes of which way you want the wheel to go. Basically the way a tension on a wheel works if you want the wheel to go a certain direction you would tighten the spokes on this side to get it to go to the right hand side or this direction. You would tighten the spokes on the left hand side to go this direction. Basically as you are adjusting the spokes you are getting the wheel to be straighter and straighter there is a gauge or a little lever arm here on this truing stand that will indicate how straight the wheel is. If you do not have a truing stand you can generally use a either adjust it via the brake pads on your bicycle, and use those to mimic a truing stand. Or use a zip tie cut to length to do the same thing. Usually brake pads are probably one of the easier things to come by. And you've got most of your adjustments down your wheel should be fairly straight. At least clear the brake pads, and be a lot safer to ride. And that is how you true, straighten, and/or unbuckle a wheel.
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