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    How to correct uneven rim seams on a vintage road bike

    I just picked up an '83 Bianchi Limited, which is in great condition overall, but the seams on the rear wheel (original Araya wheels) are a little uneven, making for an uneven braking surface. Is there any way I can correct this or have it corrected? The wheel is fairly straight otherwise.

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    aka Tom Reingold noglider's Avatar
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    Use pliers very carefully and then a file.
    Please email me rather than sending me a private message. My address is noglider@pobox.com

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    Thanks for the response. Any particular kind of file (since I'll have to get one) ?

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    aka Tom Reingold noglider's Avatar
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    Uh. A metal file? I have only one in my tool kit.
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    Well yea, I meant if I go to home depot they have many different metal files there - wasn't sure if there was something specific I should look for. Guess not

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    I used to use the squeeze method but used emory cloth over a flat piece of stock instead of the file.
    Sure was great when they started welding the seams and machining them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilmaestro View Post
    Well yea, I meant if I go to home depot they have many different metal files there - wasn't sure if there was something specific I should look for. Guess not
    It's called a flat *******, really.

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    Mill Ba$tard.

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    Ah, thanks for the info!

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    +1 Flat file with a fairly fine surface (not too coarse).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al1943 View Post
    It's called a flat *******, really.
    Funny when the curse word filter gets in the way of legitimate communication. It really is called a b-a-s-t-a-r-d file, though I don't know why.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtdrop View Post
    Mill Ba$tard.
    A mill ba$tard is pretty coarse, and hardly necessary to remove the small amount of metal needed. A 2nd cut file or even fine file ought to be ok, especially with aluminum rims.

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    Start with a file, then move on to fine sand-paper - and finally to Emory Cloth if you want the rim real smooth. We used to have to do this with many of the older (today) rims.
    How do you keep an idiot in suspense?

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