Originally Posted by KZBrian
My son's friend hammered a curb with this rim. It hit hard.
This is not only bent at the bead but it is out of round enough that you can see the spoke head floating above the rim.
Can this be repaired or is it time to replace it?
Yup. That rim is shot. Send a pic of the front rim for an opinion.
Sounds like your son and his friends are hard on bikes. If you go to a bike shop, they might charge you more for the wheels than for a whole Walmart bike. Consider buying a Walmart bike as a replacement - or even just for the wheels until he outgrows the age of destruction - OR make him pay for the wheels out of his own money so that he learns to take care of his bike.
You can cob some damaged rims back to life - especially for kids bikes. You take an adjustable wrench and fix it to the side of the rim damage and bend it back in place. It is not ideal and you can feel it when you brake, but for kids who are rough on bikes, it is like putting an iron-on patch on the knees of their pants - gives you some extra mileage.
Last edited by mike; 08-05-08 at 01:57 AM.