So I got my tyres fitted yesterday. Have opted for Avon Road Riders. Went to the £10-a-wheel bloke who couldnt balance them, as I'd watched a youtube video and thought "that looks easy" (which it is). He even gave me a couple of strips of wheel weights!
Here are the wheels, complete with new shoes
And here's a couple of pictures of the process for wheel balancing and a little guide - it really is quite easy to do!
To start with you will need to be able to support the wheel off the floor. I used to axle stands locked at the highest position, and the axle from the bike.
What you want to do next is spin the wheel. Not too hard as you'll be waiting forever for it to stop spinning! Allow it to come to a complete rest, and then stick a strip of masking tape on the top. The wheel will stop with the heaviest bit at the bottom, and therefore the lightest bit is at the top. (this is the rear wheel but the process is the same!)
Then give it a couple more spins. If the tape is in the right place it will always stop at the top, unless your wheel is already perfectly balanced (unlikely). The next step is to add a couple of weights to the wheel in line with the tape you stuck on. Stick one weight on each side (these are 10g weights). Use masking tape at first as you will need to test it!
Then spin it again. (probably a couple of times). If the weights still stop at the top, add more. If they stop at the bottom, you need to add less. I needed to add an extra 5g to each side.
If it stops in a different place each time its a fair bet your wheel is reasonably well balanced. The last thing to do to test it is to gently put the weights at either the 3 or 9 o'clock positions. If the wheel stays where it is its balanced. Now you can clean the wheel with an appropriate cleaner to allow the best adhesion of the weights) and then stick them on properly.
And here is the front wheel attached to the bike and torqued:
I ran out of time this morning so thats as far as I have got. The rear wheel is balanced and ready to fit; after that I need to reassemble and bleed the brakes, fit the front sprocket (with a tab washer this time!) and new chain, align the wheels/set the chain tension, and hope it starts!