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Old 08-12-09, 07:26 AM   #1
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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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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.
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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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