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Wheel mainteneceebroil
Apr 2, 2003 4:21 PM
I recently noticed a couple of large scrapes on my rims, where the brake pads contact the wheel. Is there any way I can remove these dings to keep them from wearing out my break pads?
re: Just to clarify the aboveebroil
Apr 2, 2003 10:15 PM
Re-reading, I'm not sure what I said was clear.

The rims have a couple of large scratches running against the grain(vertically). They're maybe .5mm deep at their deepest point. It looks like they were gouged with a metal tire lever, but I have only rarely used metal levers, it seems like I would have noticed when/if I did it, and it looks like I would have really needed to gouge it to make this kind of a scrape.

I'm not really concerned about the integrity of the wheel, the scratch isn't nearly that bad, but I am concerned about it seriously wearing break pads. Is there anything I can do about it? Do anyone else's wheels have scrapes and gouges? Are they normal, or did I do something to them (actually damage them with a tire lever and not notice), and should I be concerned?

Thanks again.
Rim stonecyclequip
Apr 3, 2003 4:55 AM
Or flat sharpening stone - with lots of soap & water
Any reccomendations?ebroil
Apr 3, 2003 9:27 AM
Do you know where I can find one/have any reccomendations?

Mavic sells a rim stone.Fez
Apr 3, 2003 6:42 PM
go to to see it.

About gouges, I have seen them on a brand new wheelset. I don't know if it was shipping damage or a bad wrench who used a sharp item as a tire lever to mount the tire.

For this particular wheelset, it was strictly cosmetic, because the gouge was on top of the braking surface (close to tire) and not on the actual braking surface.

If the rimstone doesn't work, then maybe some progressively finer grit paper to smooth it out so you get a smooth brake surface. Be careful not to take too much out. Brake performance would get uneven and you could also risk the rim wearing out on that area.