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    awaiting uci approval tombailey's Avatar
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    rear blowout - have wheel checked?

    Hi,

    I had my first blowout today. Rear tire at around 19mph. Managed to bring it to a relatively safe and quick stop. The tire has a nice whole in it and clearly needs replacing but what about the wheel? Given my weight (220lbs) should I get the wheel checked out at the LBS? There's no obvious damage, it's still true and the spokes all have tension (there's no way I'd be able to detect a slight change but they all "ping" similarly).

    Thoughts and advice much appreciated.

    Tom

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    you're probably fine, but if it makes you sleep better at night, go ahead and take it in. i've had unfortunate rear flats that i rode on for a mile or so back to work and one i slowly nursed for 4-5 miles dead flat on my beater bike until i could buy a patch kit (always have one with me now). each rear rim shows no damage or change in performance. i'm 175 and these were on aluminum clinchers.

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    If the rear wheel is still true and round, and especially since the spokes have consistent tension, then you're probably fine. I wouldn't worry about it.

    I had to do rim-work after this crazy puncture.

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