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Old September 4th, 2006, 11:32 PM   #1
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What is the best way to go about measuring the size of your wheel?
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Old September 5th, 2006, 01:27 AM   #2
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What is the best way to go about measuring the size of your wheel?
Chris, If you don't have a T-square with metric measurments, you may do what I did and make a simple device by attaching (glue, screws, finishing nails, etc.) a 2" piece of 1"x2" (your abutment piece), on top of a 2" wide 4" long piece of 1/4" plywood.

With the smooth side up of the plywood up (your measurement bed) use a metric ruler, and a Sharpie to mark from the abutment piece: 78mm, 80mm, 84mm, 90mm, 100mm, 110mm, etc.

Then lay the wheel on the plywood snugged up to the abutment piece and wa-lah! A quick way to read what size your wheels are and how much you have worn them. I use it to batch worn wheels together by size.

One trick I use that is related to this is before rotating my wheels, I roll the skate on a smooth, flat surface (counter top) and make note of the wheels that are not turning (touching) and then make sure they are one the inside in the new rotation.

Hope this helps someone.

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Old September 5th, 2006, 02:41 AM   #3
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The BEST way?
A dial caliper. Good ones can be a mite expensive, but I'm sure you can find a cheapie POS at a flea market or at Big Lots or some other close-out place. Or, try Harbor Freight or one of those other garbage tool outlets. They serve their purpose, even though I wouldn't use anything they offer for critical work. JB
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Old September 5th, 2006, 09:42 PM   #4
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wa-lah
wa-lah???


I always thought it was voila??

Hmmmm.
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wa-lah???


I always thought it was voila??

Hmmmm.
Or is it wa-lah wa-lah?

Hmmm....
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Old September 7th, 2006, 05:48 AM   #6
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Oh, I see my question got promoted to its own post. Thanks for the suggestions! I like the DIY method that Lezsk8 suggested. Deffinately keep my eye out for a cheap caliper, too.

And really, I was thinking it would be more along the lines of "Ooo-la-la."
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Or is it wa-lah wa-lah?

Hmmm....
ooo ee oo ah ah, ching chang, wa-lah wa-lah bing bang

im sorry, i just had to post it
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Old September 7th, 2006, 08:26 AM   #8
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ooo ee oo ah ah, ching chang, wa-lah wa-lah bing bang

im sorry, i just had to post it
LOL!
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Wa-lah! More fun than calipering wheels. Weee!

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Old September 8th, 2006, 08:03 PM   #10
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Personally, I use this ancient device in my desk drawer. It's long, about 12 inches, made of thin wood and has a bunch of lines down the length of it, with the numbers 1 to 12 on it. I forget what it's called.
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Personally, I use this ancient device in my desk drawer. It's long, about 12 inches, made of thin wood and has a bunch of lines down the length of it, with the numbers 1 to 12 on it. I forget what it's called.
I think that's called a "tail swatter"

*looks around to make sure no child protective service agent is listening*

But seriously, I found it difficult to measure differences of a few millimeters with a regular ole ruler... though I guess it would get the job done for look just to see how far gone a wheel is.
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