Ask a Mechanic: How to True Wheels

This year Art’s has teamed up with to produce a series called, “How (Not) To” where we explain how to perform common repairs or basic set up procedures to make your mountain bike ride better. For this series our die hard mountain biker, Luke Gamache, walks viewers through the basics. Luke and I work together to generate the “How To” content for each episode while produces the “How Not To” portion of the program. The end result is a video series that is both informative and fun.

In this episode we review how to true wheels. Starting at the most basic level, even if you’ve never turned a spoke nipple in your life, this video will get you going. Not only do we walk you through the process, but we also point out some common pitfalls and ways to avoid them. All you need to get started is a good spoke wrench. A truing stand is not necessary for correcting bigger deviations, but precise work is very difficult without one.

If you get in a bind or have a question, feel free to shoot me an email and I will do what I can to help.

Welcome to our Ask a Mechanic column where expert mechanic Daniel Slusser answers your bike maintenance questions. If you have a question for us, please post it on the Art’s Cyclery Facebook Wall or e-mail Daniel directly at