I've had a hell of a time with my bike tonight. Had a flat on the road yesterday, ran over a huge nail. It was stuck through both sides of my tube, and apparently into my rim. I didn't notice the damage to the rim until after I destroyed two tubes trying to fix it tonight. Here is a picture of the problem.
It looks like the nail went through the tube into the rim, and then bent, scraping the area near the hole. The rough area around the hole seems to be puncturing any tube that goes in there. Bummer.
So my question is, would I be able to fix this if I took the rim tape off, sanded the rim surface and applied new tape, leaving the hole? Or is having that hole in the rim going to eventually make it go out of true and cause long term reliability problems? Reliability is key to me since I often go twenty miles out of town into nowheresville with no cell reception. Suggestions would be appreciated... thanks!