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Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: S.E. Michigan
When I, and some other riders, balance our wheels, we use the axle for that wheel and hang each end on a jack stand, or a couple chairs, or something similar, and just give a light, very light spin. It will rock back and forth to a stop, and you stick the weights opposite that bottom point, and just repeat.
Most of that balance stands I see in magazines is an H rack with a threaded rod and some cone bearings. Rolls real smooth, but riding these bikes on these roads, I don't think anybody would notice if you balanced the wheels like I mentioned above, and it saves 80+ dollars.
For spoons try to get a couple that have the slight curve/bend on one end; that helps alot.
The "tire machine" I've seen in person and looks like a nice unit, but I've never used one.