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Old 11-01-05, 06:29 PM   #1
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Gouged wheel. Serious?

I took a small spill today. Fortunately, there wasn't any serious damage to the bike, except some pretty nasty gouges in the front wheel, right on the braking surface. Makes a slight ticking noise when I get on the front brake. The gouges are about 1/8 th of an inch deep (guess-timating). How serious are they? Wheels are still true, and I know that it will wear out the pads quicker, is that all. Any ideas on how to smooth them out? Smooth the edges of the scratches with steel wool?

Wheels are Shimano R-550's
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Old 11-01-05, 06:34 PM   #2
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If the gouges are really that deep, the brake track has been practically perforated. I expect it will fail from cracking rather soon. Plan on relacing or replacing that wheel in the near future.

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Old 11-01-05, 07:07 PM   #3
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Get an estimate for a new hoop, plus labour. Get an estimate for repairing chipped front teeth as well. Make your decision based on whichever one is cheaper.
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Well, I reassessed. The gouges aren't 1/8 th of an inch. Much more superficial than I first thought. I will keep an eye on them though. I'd planned on a new set of wheels anyway, but I was going to try and wait another month or so.
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Deflate the tire and use a file (mill bastard) to get rid of the gouges.
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From what you say, it seems to be small gouges near the outside perimeter of the rim. If that's the case, you can file whatever protrudes in the path of the brake pads and you will be OK.

As you file the rim, also make sure you have a smooth surface at the outside perimeter of the rim. Otherwise, the tire may wear out prematurely and blow out at that place.

You might also look at the path travelled by your brake pads. Depending on their width and the width of the rim, you may be able to lower the brake pads a bit. Just make sure they don't rub on the tire, because... Boom!
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