Tyre Change No Balancing Dot

Wintrup

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Location
Cumbria UK
Finally got around to fitting the rear Metzler Tourance. In fact it's the first time I've ever changed a tyre, so there was a lot of faffing and cursing. I got the tyre on and must've pinched the tube, so had to fit a new one. On the Tourance there's no balancing dot, so I don't know what I'm going to do with that. I suppose if I notice any bad effect I'll have to get some weights, but then I've not got a balancer, so I'll have to make one somehow. I've gotta say it took me way too long. If I was out on a road in the rain, I'd really struggle with it. Just practice I suppose.
 

Roy Gavin

Well travelled
Lots of different views on this, with some never having balanced a rear wheel in their life, and some using a balancer with frictionless bearings and 1/4 oz weights.
Some manufacturers claim their standards are so good that they dont need balancing, some suggest spoke weights on spoked wheels, etc, etc.
I have a crude home made set up, just a couple of wooden V blocks that I sit the axle in, but it seems to pick up anything big enough to cause a noticeable problem.
Rears usually have to be a fair way out before you notice, so some might suggest fitting it unbalanced to see if it is OK
The a couple of turns of solder round a spoke opposite the valve - tip was in a beginners guide to maintenance slipped in the Motor Cycle mag in 1953, still have a copy somewhere------!
No question that well balanced wheels are preferable, a real smooth running well balanced wheel is the ideal objective.
But I don't live in an Ideal world and near enough seems to work OK for a old duffer like me!
 

Wintrup

Well travelled
Location
Cumbria UK
No question that well balanced wheels are preferable, a real smooth running well balanced wheel is the ideal objective.
But I don't live in an Ideal world and near enough seems to work OK for a old duffer like me!
Went out for a run and honestly didn't notice anything amiss. I guess an unbalanced wheel will show more the faster the rotation and at the speeds I travel it's unlikely to really make an impact. The Tourance is excellent though, immediately I felt improved handling, but then my rear was pretty squared off.
 
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