I picked up a free second hand trials wheel. Person giving it away said it wasn’t true. (It was missing a spoke). Well, I tried to fix it, replaced the spoke, found there was rim damage. (Inner rim was broken in a number of places) Anyway, I still tried to true it, and it was still wonky.
Anyway, I put a question out on Facebook and the brains from the wheel building Facebook group said don’t use it. (I’ve spoked and trued a wheel before so it’s not like I had never done it before).
I loosened all the spokes and the wheel wouldn’t spin true.
Anyway, I decided to take it all apart (figured that I could still use the ISIS hub)… anyway, after doing that, I see one of the flanges was a bit bent too!
Anyway, I guess the moral of the story is, it’s possible second hand unicycle equipment you collect is in bad condition, though it might look ok at first sight. If the previous owner was rough with equipment, maybe give the equipment a miss… on the other hand, if the seller decided to buy new high quality Unicycling equipment and decided they couldn’t get the hang of Unicycling… that’s a different kettle of fish.
I am happy I didn’t go to any real effort to collect it. A friend was going to be in the area so I asked her collect it while she was in the area, otherwise it would be a 2 hour train ride each way for me to go there to pick it up.