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I see from the Multistrada Shop Manual that it recommends placing wheel weights for balancing near the beads on each side of the rim. I prefer to place weights along the centerline of the rim and that's what I do with my track bikes.

I can see two reasons why it might be preferable to place weights near the beads: 1) You can't really tell where the center of the rim is on the rear wheels from single-sidearm bikes, 2) You can't place weights at a location if there is a spoke there.

But the reason I'm leery of placing weights near the beads is that sometimes you might end up with uneven weights on each side of the rim. Not having ever balanced my wheels this way, is this a problem? I'm pretty sure that bit of unsymmetry won't make any difference, but I'm curious if others have comments on this issue and where they place their wheel weights.
 

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I’ve done both locations. No difference in balance. I just make sure where I put them is perpendicular to the radius of the wheel so centripetal force doesn’t put any side force on the weight adhesive.


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Any offset of the balancing weights from the centerline is handled by the wheel strength so there's no placement issues in that regard. However, since wheels usually have a smaller diameter near the spokes and larger diameter near the bead, less weight is needed to be added at the bead location than near the spokes to achieve balance.
 

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