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MOTIVATED@LAST
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11/26/13 9:37 A

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Don,

Yes, I got a chuckle out of the phrasing, if not the news itself.

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"Gone to God"...must remember THAT one! lol

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11/26/13 5:05 A

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M@L,

The important thing is you are back on two wheels again. I am glad you were able to get a new wheel. I know that a new wheel can be a blow to the pocket book.

Happy Riding!

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MOTIVATED@LAST
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Speedydog,

Actually, things pretty much turned out like that for me too. The LBS initially hoped they could straighten, but then called me to say my wheel had "gone to God" (their words).

Anyway, it took a little while to order it in, but as of this evening, the new wheel is back on my bike.

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11/24/13 10:05 A

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M@L,

You have received some good advice. If the wheel is simply out-of-true, your LBS can fix it. If the wheel is really bent, then you may be out of luck. I potato-chipped a mountain bike wheel once. The LBS told me they could fix it. I got a call a little later. They told me there was no way to fix it without replacing the rim. It was cheaper to buy a new wheel.

I hope your wheel can be fixed.

Good Luck, Bruce

Edited by: SPEEDYDOG at: 11/26/2013 (04:49)
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11/18/13 9:09 A

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I've taken taco'd wheel, jammed it between two trees to make it round again, rode back, then straightened properly at home. I think you'll be fine.
If, as said earlier, the rim is aluminum or carbon, you are out of luck, as they don't bend, they break, but this is an older rim...

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11/18/13 7:58 A

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I think your LBS should be able to set you straight.

I bent a wheel earlier this year by accidentally backing my car into another car (crawl-under-the seat mortified!) at the beginning of a group ride as we were arriving. While there was no damage to either vehicle, my poor bike on the carrier on the back end of my car got smooshed a bit and one of the wheels had gotten bent.

I zipped off to my LBS and within 15 mins. they shaped and trued the tire so that it was as good as new. I was able to return to the ride and catch up with the others...whew!

I suppose a factor in this might be the degree to which your tire was damaged, but I would absolutely catch up with your LBS on this. Let us know how you made out!

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Another thing....when 'pulling' it back, while you can get it aligned between the brakes ... pulling that much on a bend also pulls the rim downward towards the hub ... so you don't get a true circular rim ... bent rims are hard to true both side to side and up and down.

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Hmm ... so I have some experience with this ... but my knowledge might be outdated for sure.

I worked as a bike mechanic a LOOOONGGG time ago (in the 80s) ... and technology and materials have changed drastically since then.

However... when I used to deal with bent aluminum rims ... if it was really bad, I could fix it as a TEMPORARY solution. If the bend is minor ...you can potentially pull it back.

However .... (with the exception of carbon ... I have NO knowledge of how they react) ... most metals form a 'memory.' If they get out of alignment, you can true it ok. If it is truly BENT ... then unbending it is hard. Yes, you can pull it back ... but it wants to go to it's natural state. And if bent (via accident for instance) I would say don't take a chance ... and get a new rim.

Again, my knowledge might be super old ... and my REAL answer is ... your LBS would be better able to guide you.

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Ughh, so I managed to bend my rear bike wheel on a 40 mile ride yesterday.

With a bit of brute strength and some judicious alignment, I managed to get it straight enough to limp home, but it was pretty wobbly, and I need a more permanent fix.

It is an older bike with the threaded hubs, and a bit of a non-standard size, so getting a replacement wheel will not be easy.

Can a bike wheel be straightened satisfactorily on a permanent basis? Is this something my LBS can do, or is it something I can do on my own? It is not badly buckled, just bent enough (maybe half an inch?) to rub against the frame (and brakes) as it goes around.

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