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damaged rim

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Mister Paul, 8 Sep 2007.

  1. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    I posted a question some time ago and said that I would insert photos when I got round to it. Well I have them now but can't find the thread, so I'll start again-

    I damaged the rear rim on my road bike a couple of months ago, riding up a dropped kerb on one of the lower quality local cycle paths. These are the best pictures I could get-



    Would you still ride it, or do you think it's gone too deep into the rim to be safe?
  2. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    and i thought you were confessing to something else… :blush:
  3. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    I'd ride it. Don't look that bad at all.
  4. OP
    Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    Thanks for that. I didn't think it was too bad. I just have no idea about rims, their thickness, and what it would take to damage their integrity.
  5. col

    col Veteran

    One thing i would do,im sure you have,is check for sharp bits that might damage the tyre?otherwise i would use it too.
  6. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    might be worth rounding off any sharp edges tho'
  7. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    I bought a rim that had a bigger gouge out of it from new that that one. It eventually split after several thousand hard off road miles.

    worth keeping an eye on it, and have a look to see if the tyre starts to push through the rim, at the dint.
  8. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    I damaged a wheel, similar to the photo, by hitting a small rock when last back in the UK. When I went to the LBS they were adament that it should not be ridden. I know they may have a vested interest or are following company regulations but I thought better of it and bought a new wheel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  9. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    An aluminium rim will take a lot more damage than you'd believe. Even dented it will carry on. Yours looks fine, just keep an eye on it whenever you're doing maintenance.
  10. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    yeah, it'll be fine. thou as alecs says make sure any spiky bits can't puncture the tyre.
  11. hubgearfreak

    hubgearfreak Über Member

    PEDANT one held in place and under tension by 36 spokes will anyway.
    the rim on its own is as feeble as an asthmatic jelly on his first day at big school;) PEDANT
  12. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Birmingham, UK
    Yeah, but they don't normally get used unless they are spoked up do they? :blush:
  13. Agree with others - round-off any sharp edges with a small file, have a look at it periodically and check it's not cracking or anything, it should be fine.