|Park Tool TS-25 truing stand inside a small box. Would that work?|
When I saw the concept of some parts that could be bolted on to my PCS-10 repair stand to enable it to also be used for truing wheels, I thought, cool! I got to try that. This small box showed up a few days later (AA rechargeable battery included for scale), and I tore it open to go and bolt it on.
|Inside, simplicity itself: beefy steel axle holder, quick release mounted sliding indicator|
Soon as I went over to the work stand, though, I saw a problem: the nifty #106 Work Tray that I had already bought and also attached to the stand would be in the way of any wheel truing operation. I hadn't seen any note, like "Please note: to use the TS-25 Truing Attachment on your PCS-10 work stand, you will have to temporarily remove the #106 work tray (if present), since This Doesn't Work With That." With bicycles in particular, though, this seems to be more often than not a matter of Insider Knowledge rather than explicit documentation. I always appreciate a footnote like "The Shimagnolo RIFE derailleur is not compatible with the Moon Tour Spexy brifter due to insufficient clearance with the cable cleaner-lubricator unit," but those are few and far between.
I appreciate the convenience of the #106 work tray. It holds small parts and tools very near to the work, to the extent that I use it just about every time I work on my bike. I had pictured using the tray while attempting to use the truing attachment to hold the axle during a bearing adjustment, since in my mind it looked like this axle holder might also work for that, too (perhaps with a spacer, I was willing to experiment). It all seemed to be coming together.
I tried some alternatives. The tray doesn't really seem to work on the other side of the pole. There is also a position at the top of the stand that will also accept the support prongs of the work tray; unfortunately, the tray still interferes with a wheel mounted for truing even up there.
|True interference! Ten yard penalty!|
In the end, I left the truing attachment on the stand, and just plan to remove the tray next time I want to use it. It seemed like just the thing for an easy truing when in the middle of other work. I have an actual truing stand, too, but due to storage and space limitations, that operation is often done in a separate area. I guess we'll see how it all shakes out once I get some more usage out of this, since any wheel that shows signs of being out of round will have to go on to the real truing stand anyway.
|This will work, but the tray will have to come off to use the truing attachment.|
It may be possible to leave both attached if I adjusted the moveable tube all the way up, but it seems like that would put that clamp about eight feet off the ground. Which would still make it a TDWWT situation to me. Some things like TDWWT incompatibilities just don't seem to pop out to me until I go to physically attach This (whatever it is) to That (whatever it is) and only then see that TDWWT! That is perhaps one of the key differences between a hack like me and a good, experienced, skilled mechanic or fabricator, who possess the ability to visualize What Works With What (WWWW) and how it all will go together before they actually put it all together. Fortunately, I seem to enjoy putting things together and taking them apart again. I get many opportunities to experience that enjoyment.