How to True a Bicycle Wheel

This video demonstrates how to “true” a bicycle wheel using simple wooden tools that I made in my workshop. The tools are based on plans found in Chapter 3 of an ebook entitled “Professional Guide to Wheel Building, 5th Edition”, by Roger Musson. This book is available for download by online purchase at I found the book to be very informative and simple to understand. After reading this book, I concluded that anybody with reasonable mechanical aptitude should be able to true and even build their own bicycle wheels.

I built the truing stand, radial gauge, lateral gauge, and dishing gauge in one weekend, using scraps pieces of Baltic birch plywood, pine, hard maple, maple plywood, UHMW plastic and 1/4″ cold rolled steel flat bar. All of the wooden parts have three coats of oil based urethane for added protection. The nipple driver was made by grinding the tip of an inexpensive slot screw driver, using the dimensions found in Roger’s book. The Red Spokey Pro spoke wrench was purchased on line from SJS Cycles in the UK.

This video is not intended to be a comprehensive video on bicycle wheel truing. It only gives a quick overview of the truing process. To really understand the topic in more depth, I would highly recommend that you download Roger’s ebook and read it for yourself. I am not a professional bicycle mechanic, just a DIYer with a fairly good mechanical aptitude who enjoys a challenge. This was a fun and practical woodworking project and also an interesting learning experience. I hope that it may inspire others to try their hand at bicycle wheel truing.

Thanks for watching and feel free to leave your comments.


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20 Responses to “How to True a Bicycle Wheel”

  1. after this… all the other truing videos on youtube look like jokes.

  2. Joe Pah says:

    Just want to build the stand.. Truing wheels is a snap

  3. RIDER SOLO says:

    Thank you for your help Sir!

  4. I find it funny how things that are intricate from a genius always seems "SIMPLE" as they like to explain their "not so simple" creation SPOKE NIPPLES LOL sir this is a genius meticulous construction you have manufactured from scratch .. great video man thank you so much.. i may never make this but i can appreciate the process since my rim is bent and i will just take it to the shop

  5. The best how to true a wheel i've seen. Thank you so much for your time!

  6. I hit the like button on the moment when he presented the stand and the dishing tool

  7. Altimis Nuel says:

    JESUS!!! Flag on spokes is super brilliant idea!!!!

  8. john lee says:

    use meth for everything!11

  9. Hello how are you my dear brother, I am from Iraq, I ask how to repair a bicycle wheel when the wheel is balanced in terms of movement to be up and down ? Thank you very much and God is pleased with you

  10. Superb video, with the clearest explanations and instructions short of using Roger Musson's book (which is a MUST read); thanks so much, Don, and keep up the great work.

  11. Green Bear says:

    So if I bought Roger Mussons book and built one of these truing stands, can it take those dial gauges from park tools?

  12. Great work, and nice tools, thanks for sharing

  13. eph5121 says:


    5:40 lateral trueness – left and right rim sides.
    8:40 radial trueness – rim face.
    6:33 centre the hub

  14. A fine video my man…and what a tidy shop. Admiral 5S! Well done mate

  15. That's why after 30 years or so fixing my bikes…..i don't do the truing of my wheels. It's an art. I let the pros do their magic!!

  16. Yura Kovalec says:

    Go to woodprix if you'd like to build it yourself.

  17. Dan N says:

    The video was well done, a pleasure to watch.

  18. Dan N says:

    Your dishing gauge could be improved by using a cheap plunger dial indicator….they are not too expensive and would make the tool easier o use.  You could go even further by putting the indicator right on the truing stand…..eliminating the need for the dishing gauge all together.   Jus suggestions…….you did a nice job.  Generally straight edges are used for centering hubs while on the truing stand.

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