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Wheel damage question.... (perhaps newbie)(5 posts)

Wheel damage question.... (perhaps newbie)BrianNYC
May 12, 2003 7:25 AM
I was riding up Madison Avenue on Saturday on my new Ksyriums (2 weeks old) and hit a two inch thick sheet of road plating which either caused the flat or the flat had just happened to my rear wheel and I was going pretty fast and am not light. The wheel is now out of round at a minimum, with at least what I think is a ride induced nick in the rim. I plan to take it to my LBS tomorrow and assume that the damage is repairable. Is that a correct assumption?

Thanks, Brian
The plates between 34th and 35th? (nm)onespeed
May 12, 2003 7:39 AM
The plates between 34th and 35th? (nm)BrianNYC
May 12, 2003 7:42 AM
No, there are plates in the upper 60's and low 70's too where I was riding -too much traffic in midtown. I was too pissed to actually notice where exactly it happened, but it seems like there is almost a block of plates on the right side somewhere around 70th.
man, I hope so.jw25
May 12, 2003 11:34 AM
Is the wheel out of round or out of true? If there's a flat spot in the rim, you may be screwed.
2 inches thick? Don't they even seal the plate with some tar or something? Around here (central PA), the plates are maybe 3/4", and surrounded by a tapered band of tar. Of course, we have fewer heavy trucks here, too.
If the wheel's just out of true, you're probably fine, and the nick can be filed down if it's sharp. Not much you can do, except ride light, which gets harder the bigger you are. Slower is better, but that could be suicide in heavy traffic.
man, I hope so.BrianNYC
May 12, 2003 12:08 PM
I don't think the rim looks "flat" as much as a little squeezed - I did not crack or bend any of the spokes, that was the first thing I checked. I thought out of true is a wobble off the vertical axis, and it does not appear to deviate from the vertical axis. So I will keep my fingers crossed that with some adjustments of the spokes it can be made whole. BTW, I tried to ride "soft," out of the seat on bumps with arms and legs loose, but I weigh around 195lbs and think it only does so much. I hope it can be fixed too, or sent back under warranty if it can't be. Thanks