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Question Best & most precise Wheel Balance--???

OK- To correct a slight wobble in the front what is the most precise way to balance the front tire/wheel ??? Verticle rotation w/shaft on roler bearings, horizonal w/bubble, or do some places do spin balance ?? I know most don't reccomend removing your hands from the bars, but sometimes it is kinda necessary, like you forgot to latch your helment strap, Snap your vest, etc. and most of the time at around 35-50mph which seems to be the worst speed to induce out of balance wobble...
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The long tedious vertical spin balance seems to work fine for those that do not have computer driven balancing machines.
Please note also that tire wear and road surfaces can induce a wobble, even if your wheel is balanced correctly.

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When I wrote spin balance I was really thinking of the high speed computer spin balance...
The tire dosen't have many miles on it and seemed very good a first, its a D404 110mm and seems to be in good balance as far as the vertical slow spin goes... I'm thinking if a tire was heavy on oposite sides across from each other that would not show on the slow vertical spin or the horizontal bubble type... Do some shops have the HS computer cycle tire balancers, or are they just used on auto tires??? Or can an auto tire shop balance cycle tires on the HS balancers ???
Thanks and have a good one...Tater...
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Try getting some Ride On, it will balance from the inside and help protect from punctures.

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When I bought my tires they used a computor spin balancer. I have never had any problem with them at all.

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Thanks niterider, I checked with a rider friend today and he said that the Honda shop here had went to a computer spin balancer... I plan on taking the wheel & tire by there tomorrow and let them give'er a spin...
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Got the wheel & tire back from the Honda shop today... Evidently their Comp. spin balance did no better than the other ways, they said the balance was dead on and didn't even charge for the checking... They seem to think that there is a small misalignment of the tread on the tire and that is what is causing the wobble, seems odd that it didn't do it before 600-700mi. though.
Need a new tire after only 600-700mi. Bull, someone ain't a gettin the job done...
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Set your tire on some thing where you can spin it really slow and see if it is out of round. Set it just bearly off the floor and see if it hits the floor on some parts. Also put a 2x4 on the side of the tire and spin it slowly to see if it has a side to side wobble. See if the wobble is in the tire or the rim.

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Yeah niterider, I plan on checking things out more, but I have put it back on for now as the temp is forcast to be 70 this weekend, so I will probably ride then pull it after and go from there... You know-I have a bicycle trueing stand, if that sucker would work in it--Hmmm... May see if it will...
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I talked to the Honda shop Sat. that did the Comp. balance and he said that the balancer could be set to check side Bal. but the guy that did the Bal. was off Sat., so I am not sure that he checked for side to side, but they say that is not usually important as a cycle tire is not wide enough for that to matter that much... I am going back by today (Mon.) and see if he is in... I did however have a little (tiny) amount of slop in the head set and tightened it about 1/8 turn and it seemed to help a tiny bit, but it is still there to some extent...
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