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Can a bent wheel be fixed?(3 posts)

Can a bent wheel be fixed?gotj
May 29, 2002 11:05 AM
I have a 2000 Bianchi Veloce, and the rear wheel appears to be bent, though not dramatically so. There don't appear to be any dents in it, and I'm not sure how it happened. But when I spin the wheel, it hits the brake pads on either side and stops spinning.

Is there any hope for getting this fixed, or am I destined to get a new wheel?

Thanks!
re: Can a bent wheel be fixed?Jekyll
May 29, 2002 11:21 AM
Probably not bent - just out of true. Take it to your shop and have them true it. Probably no permanent damage. Happens.
Might also want to look into a good book on bicycle maintenance for future reference like the one by Zinn.
Try this test.Spoke Wrench
May 29, 2002 12:42 PM
Find the place on the wheel that is out of true. If the spokes are tight and seem to be pulling the rim over to the side, then the wheel is just out of true and can be fixed. If the spokes are loose, then the rim itself is bent and needs to be replaced. You can't make a reliable wheel using a bent rim.