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Old 06-15-09, 02:10 PM   #1
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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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Use pliers very carefully and then a file.
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Thanks for the response. Any particular kind of file (since I'll have to get one) ?
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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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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$tard.
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Ah, thanks for the info!
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+1 Flat file with a fairly fine surface (not too coarse).
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It's called a flat *******, really.
Funny when the curse word filter gets in the way of legitimate communication. It really is called a b-a-s-t-a-r-d file, though I don't know why.
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Mill Ba$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.
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