HELL'S CANYON, rear tire after Kleinschmidt Grade! Remarkably,
the tire did not go flat . . . Amazing, and lucky . . .—
On the road
in the American Northwest.

Here is a little miniature that I frequently recite to myself when
with wheel problems. Off-pavement travel, pulling a trailer
and carrying a lot of weight needs special care.

Note the use of the word 'true' here. When a wheel is 'in true' or
'runs true', English offers us a way to think about not just
truth in
but also truth in function. I think that's language as beautiful
as the tension design of a mountain bike wheel itself:

Road of Change

Down the rough road of change, a wheel keeps

its true by centering in the clear intentions

of the motionless hub.

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