March 30, 2014 1 Comment
We carried P&K Lie truing stands for 14yrs, ending that representation in 2021. Now, please contact them directly for stands.
I'll remember Spring 2014 because we received our first all-green and all-black P&K Lie stands. We missed NAHBS this year but the optical feast of these stands is keeping our aesthetic batteries charged!
I grabbed one black model before shipping and took a few glamour shots. As with frames at NAHBS, these stands are built first for function and second, to visually wow users. Fabulous function combined with artistic elegance go a long way to inspire wheel building. Soon, riders believing wheels built on P&K stands are better will request we keep a public list of P&K equipped shops. Of course it's still about the builder, not the stand.
Thanks to a play on words, at least in English, the pursuit of truth in cycling (via truing stands) assumes an almost philosophical importance. Celebration of beauty is, likewise a hallmark of great cultures. The two come together in a black P&K Lie stand. Like an historic timepiece, this level of device is as close to immortality as cycling junk gets.
By the way, Peter and Kerstin's last name, "Lie," is Swedish and pronounced "Lee." Interesting that, in English, it means opposite of truth.
Build great wheels and go have great rides!
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R. Britt Freund
November 02, 2021
I am one of the proud new owners of a black P&K Lie Special 250 (perhaps even the one pictured above). I received it a couple of days ago and have built up two sets of wheels just for practice. I received a Morizumi spoke cutter at the same time so, of course, I had to cut down some spokes and try out the new machines. It IS a thing of beauty and it changes the way I build wheels. In a strange way, it actually reduces the skill required to build a true set of wheels. On my old Park, I had to think about the tradeoff between radial and lateral truing and had to make many small decisions about which spokes to tighten or loosen. Now, it is practically automatic. I am a professor who sponsors a bike club for students interested in designing and building frames and wheels. I am certain that my students will be able to use the P&K Lie almost immediately to build a set of wheels. It takes some of the mystery out of the build, which is both good and bad. Kind of like the way that investment cast lugs and dropouts have made building a bike frame easier… but with a little loss of craftsmanship ‘mystery’…