Originally Posted by skychs
Lots of good advise. I'll let you know what I find.
you don't have to take the wheel off the bike to check for runout, just stabilize the bars with the wheel off the ground, give it a spin. use the eraser end of a #2 pencil (no need to scratch the wheel) with the pencil on a firm support. the runout spec is 1.5mm, doesn't seem like much, but you'll see it if it's there. check both sides for lateral, then round. you can check the tire while you're at it.
i suppose it's possible, but after over a dozen TKCs, i haven't seen a defective tire. never bothered to balance one either.