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rim puncture advice?(5 posts)

rim puncture advice?bikelee
Jun 6, 2002 11:07 AM
I ran over a roofing nail yesterday that not only punctured tire and tube, but punctured the inner wall of the rim extrusion right between the cavities for the spokes. The rim is Mavic Open 4CD on a bike I use for light touring. What do you think - is it toast?
re: rim puncture advice?SnowBlind
Jun 6, 2002 11:36 AM
Toast!
It may not fail catastrophically, but given Al's fatigue charactoristics, I would invest in a new rim.
Bummer.
That stinks.Matno
Jun 6, 2002 11:53 AM
When I give advice, I usually say better safe than sorry. However, it's easy to be generous with other people's money! If it were me, I would make sure that the wheel still functions properly (i.e. is it still round, true, etc?), and continue to use it if it does. Check for any unusual sounds while riding and examine the rim for damage periodically (always a good idea, but even more than usual now). I can't imagine that a nail-sized hole would ruin the rim unless it affects a seam or some other stress point that could split further.

My 2 cents.
re: rim puncture advice?curlybike
Jun 7, 2002 6:08 AM
I figure, there already is 33-37 holes in that surface, 1 moe little one won't hurt. Just put a new rim strip in and ride.
re: rim puncture advice?bikelee
Jun 7, 2002 7:11 AM
Thanks to all for the comments and advice. I am just a little leary of riding it in an upcoming loaded Colorado tour. For peace of mind, I think I will replace it and use the punctured wheel for a spare.