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I was researching truing stands and I dont know if I really want to sink money into a good stand before I know if wheel building is for me.

I do own a couple of good dial calipers with extensions, magnetic bases, etc. Could I clamp up a fork in my vise, set my dial calipers up on either side, and expect to successfully true a rim?

I realize I would need to attach the rear hub on the outside of the fork or muscle it wider in order to true it.
 

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I was researching truing stands and I dont know if I really want to sink money into a good stand before I know if wheel building is for me.

I do own a couple of good dial calipers with extensions, magnetic bases, etc. Could I clamp up a fork in my vise, set my dial calipers up on either side, and expect to successfully true a rim?

I realize I would need to attach the rear hub on the outside of the fork or muscle it wider in order to true it.
You can build fantastic wheels in a fork with your fingernail as a gauge... by "fantastic" I mean of much better build quality than even boutique, $1000 wheelsets.
I've done it many times.
 

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I've built wheels on the bike back in my rim brake days...simply by using the barrel adjuster on the brake lever to bring the pads close.

I could laterally and radially true the wheel along with getting the proper dish. Since you were posting about rim brake compatible rims...you have this option too.
 

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I was researching truing stands and I dont know if I really want to sink money into a good stand before I know if wheel building is for me.
I do own a couple of good dial calipers with extensions, magnetic bases, etc. Could I clamp up a fork in my vise, set my dial calipers up on either side, and expect to successfully true a rim?
I realize I would need to attach the rear hub on the outside of the fork or muscle it wider in order to true it.
Hmmm I built wheels for about 45 years using my bike frame & fork with thumb, screwdriver or brake pad as a gauge so you can certainly use what you have in mind. Then I started using an old fork clamped in the vise and that worked fine too (of course) - it's shown on my site. Sure you can use your dial calipers but that's just complicating the matter - especially for a Newb. I'd say just use the fork and your thumb.
 
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