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Hit a rock, dent in rim...is it repairable?(5 posts)

Hit a rock, dent in rim...is it repairable?PaulCL
May 22, 2002 6:32 AM
This morning, while riding into the sun, I hit a rock. A big rock. A friggin' boulder. OK, I was fiddling with my computer. I'm lucky I didn't do some pavement skating.

What I did do was put a nasty dent into my rim. Maybe offset the lip inward (toward the opposite lip) by about 1/4 of an inch. Yes, I hit hard. Before I drive it to the LBS at lunchtime, tell me...do you all think it's repairable or is it gonna be trashed?? I've put minor dents in rims before, but not like this one. I also tore the sidewall of a brand new Vittoria Corsa CX TT. Bummer.

By the way, the rims are Venus sun rims. Speeddream aerolights. Maybe I should call Dave....
I doubt it.MrCelloBoy
May 22, 2002 6:42 AM
Old heavy steel rims used to be repairable, sometimes, in cases like this, but I 'd bet you're on your way to a rebuild.
re: Hit a rock, dent in rim...is it repairable?gtx
May 22, 2002 7:55 AM
depends. Sometimes you can grip the edge of the rim with an adjustable wrench (don't use plyers! you may also want to put a thin cloth between the wrench and the rim) and bend it back. Good luck.
I wouldn'tPaul
May 22, 2002 9:28 AM
I've bent out the lip before on steel, and didn't have a problem. If it's really bent badly, I would throw it away as the AL could crack. Either way, the metal will be fitigued and possibly dangerous. Could blow the tire off the rim also.
You'll never get a smooth braking surface (nm)Kerry
May 22, 2002 4:39 PM