Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Ffld Cnty Connecticut
Bikes: Old Steelies I made, Old Cannondales
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Let's say the dent is at spokes #9 & #10. You can loosen 8, 9, 10 and 11. Then tighten 6,7,12,13. This will help force the dent back out. This works for minor dents.
You can also use a rim puller, but they cost more than your rim unless you can borrow one. If you can, you loosen 6-13, pull the dent, then re-tighten.
If you decide to replace the rim and can get one almost the same so you can reuse the spokes, then tape the new rim next to the old rim, lining up the holes. Unscrew each spoke and put it into the new rim, true it up, and off you go.
Bikes: Old steel race bikes, old Cannondale race bikes, less old Cannondale race bike, crappy old mtn bike