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    Gouged my wheel this morning, can it be fixed???

    This morning I clipped a sewer grate and gouged my wheel.

    The gouge is on the braking surface of the rim, not very deep. I only noticed it when I applied the brake and heard a ticking sound.

    Is there any way the gouge can be filed down or is the rim shot???

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    Pictures would help a lot.

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    Working on pics.

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    It's not a deep gouge, so I'm thinking it can be filed down, I'm more worried about the integrity of the rim after I file it as I run my tires at 120+ psi.






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    My opinion is that you can file that down and continue riding. Watch for cracks. If you get a crack, replace the rim.

    There will probably be other opinions. But I've sent rims like that along their way, and no one has died.
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    should be fine until you wear out the braking surface.
    Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
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    UPDATE: Filed it down, then used a fine grit emery type cloth we use at work to buff it. You can no longer feel the gouge, the brakes are silent, and very little material was removed.

    I noticed it looks deeper in the pictures than it actually is.

    Another option that was recommended was to just lower the pad so it contacts slightly below the gouge. I won't need to go there thankfully but it's an interesting approach.

    Thanks for the replies, and I don't expect any, but I'll look out for cracks.

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    I was about to suggest emery-cloth. Cool! Congratulations.

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    Oh yea, thanks for the replies.

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    Can you post pix of the finished product? I'm not doubting you; I just enjoy the before/after shots of a job well done.
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    Some might advise to replace the rim due to the reduced braking surface area! I am not one of them.

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