Once he showed us a truing stand he "traded" for some tires. This was during the Cold War, so bike mechanics were among the few who could ignore the Iron Curtain. This truing stand was unbelievable. It couldn't be a one-of-a-kind. Yet, it was so painstakingly fashioned and detailed, they certainly weren't mass produced. It came from the Russian National Team and, although that nation was a military super power, their cycling teams were poorly equipped. This stand was a work of inspiration by someone with little budget and lots of time.
Bill died tragically in 1996 of cancer that struck while he was doing Hurricane Mitch relief work. Shortly before he was hospitalized, I received the stand in the mail. Bill knew how much I love wheels and how this stand spoke to a passion for bike mechanics and tools. He trusted me, so I imagine, to share it with many. I've taken it to a bunch of Mechanic's Program clinics and I think he'd be pleased.
Let's take a look.
|The assembled stand.|
|All the pieces.|
|Complex but 100% function.|
|One pin assembly removed.|
|Each arm is a 4 part assembly.|
|Here you can see the roundness indicator retracted.|
|Or tail gate...|
|Welded, milled, filed, threaded, no hardware store ingredients.|
|Sliding feet run along the arc. Big knurled nut retains the assembly.|
|Fits box shaped rims better!|
|Move the support blocks apart and let the Campag shoe push.|
Can someone help further illuminate this stand? How great to identify those responsible, the number made, years they were used, and maybe...just maybe...how Bill traded for it.