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If the axle on the wheel is bent slightly, would this effect the truness of the wheel?

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It won't affect the wheel itself but it will change the performance of the wheel cycle and decreases instability of riding the bike. Also keeping a bent axle on your wheels will affect the gasoline consumption (applicable on bike using gasoline) otherwise if you are using a bike without a motor to run the wheels the effect on the rider is on the stamina and energy consumption.

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