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Rim damaged by nail(4 posts)

Rim damaged by nailAndy
Nov 18, 2002 8:38 AM
This weekend I ran over a nail which puncrured my tire, extended through the sidewall and cut out a piece of the rim. I'm wondering if my rim is now weakened and unsafe to use. The rim "cut" is about 1/8" long and is about the width of a hack saw cut. It looks just like someone removed the tire and started cutting on the rim right at the edge. At it's deepest point it goes 3/4 of the thickness if the rim material. Sorry, I don't have a digital camera.

I never really liked the Rolf Vector Pros all that much so maybe this is the time to replace them.
sounds like a good excuse to upgradelonefrontranger
Nov 18, 2002 9:11 AM
I was never a Rolf wheel fan myself. I had a set of Vector Comps on my Trek and they were awful. They creaked, squeaked and made the excruciatingly awful Rolf Hub Warranty Noise. They were also harsh riding but would flex under lateral load (read: sprinting) -how's that for the worst of both worlds, and the kicker was that they caught the wind like a sail. I got rid of the bike and them right after I moved to Boulder where the canyon crosswinds can be deadly on high profile rims.

Without seeing a good pic of your rim, I can't judge the damage, but it sounds like you should get the LBS to give you an opinion (that is, if you have a trustworthy LBS).
If misery loves company, you'll like this photoPsalm 147-10_11
Nov 18, 2002 11:24 AM
Can't remember where I saw this posted. Was it here?

Anyway, check this out. I think I'd get a new rim if I were you.
So close, and yet so farKerry
Nov 18, 2002 5:32 PM
If the nail had gone through the spoke bed, you would not have a problem. The rim sidewall is under a lot of stress from the pressure of the tire, so if the sidewall of the rim is damaged, you're on thin ice.