Checking second hand wheels

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JimboPlob
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Checking second hand wheels

Postby JimboPlob » Wed Nov 07, 2012 11:09 am

Hi

I am going to be looking at some entry level second hand wheels. I am obviously going to check braking surface, alignment...

Is there anything else I should be checking for?

How would I check if the bearings are OK and there is no play at the hub without actually putting it on a bike?

Thanks

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ugo.santalucia
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Re: Checking second hand wheels

Postby ugo.santalucia » Wed Nov 07, 2012 11:20 am

It is difficult... you do need to clamp the wheel somewhere to check the bearings
A guesstimate would suggest that any entry level wheelset which has done a few thousand miles has shot or about to be shot bearings... so only buy if the rims look near new, which would suggest low mileage or dry miles

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Re: Checking second hand wheels

Postby JimboPlob » Wed Nov 07, 2012 11:25 am

Assuming I had my bike with me then, would it be advisable to quickly put the wheel on the frame to check for side-side play?

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Re: Checking second hand wheels

Postby ugo.santalucia » Wed Nov 07, 2012 11:38 am

JimboPlob wrote:Assuming I had my bike with me then, would it be advisable to quickly put the wheel on the frame to check for side-side play?


Yes


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