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Damaged wheel rims = new wheel?

CompostCompost Posts: 63
edited January 2010 in Workshop
I was forced off the road by a car last week and in the process scraped my front wheel rim over the kerb, leaving some damage which caused massive wheel-wobbles under braking.

Is this repairable or is it time to call on Mr Barclays again?



  • WooliferkinsWooliferkins Posts: 2,060
    Is the wheel out of true or are gouges in the braking surface causing your brakes to bind?
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  • CompostCompost Posts: 63
    Thanks - there are gouges in the braking surface which make the brake blocks bounce and judder on braking.

    The wheel's very slightly out of true.
  • WooliferkinsWooliferkins Posts: 2,060
    Take it to your LBS, if the gouges aren't too deep you may be able to blend them out and your rim can be re trued but it needs assessing in the flesh
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  • CompostCompost Posts: 63
    Good stuff - thanks
  • StelliteStellite Posts: 544
    Maybe just a bent spoke, which is what happened to me.
    60p for a spoke if you do it yourself or about 6 quid at a LBS
  • Monty DogMonty Dog Posts: 20,614
    Depends on the degree of damage / buckle to the rim - anything less than 12mm is generally re-trueable, but a deep gouge, kink or crease generally means a new rim
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
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