Hi guys, this will be my first post on bikeforums. I did take a couple minutes to use the search button but honestly I got a lot of threads with rim information about cracks, snapped spokes etc.
My roommate was test riding my new bike and CRASHED INTO steps. naturally I was so pissed, because in reality, there's not much I can do about it. Anyways, upon further inspection including some frame paint chips and damage, my front rim has some bad curb rash on some parts of it. I don't know HOW he did it, but he scratched/curbed the rim and spokes. Structurally the rim seems sound but I'm concerned about brake pad to rim problems.
My question is can I just ride the curb rash out and hope the pads/dirt and grime will smooth it out? Or should I replace the rim? I've included some pictures for reference. Thanks so much guys/gals!
These two areas are the only areas on the rim affected.
I've had far worse.
They'll be a bit annoying for a while but they'll smooth out.
No need to replace a rim.
Your friend owes you beer, though.
Thanks Metzinger for the quick answer. I'd like to spend the next 30 minutes venting about what a ****** he is, because he looked at it, said sorry and walked away. He rides a wal-mart bike (I guess that says enough)
If you can feel the scuffed part enough to annoy you as it goes through the brakes you can use something finely abrasive to smooth it out a little. Emery cloth, steel wool, brillo pad, fine sand paper...
Wet and dry 320 or 400 grit sandpaper can smooth it out. But, even with this fine grit, it's easy to sand too much and make a low spot on the rim. So just reduce any ridges sticking up, don't try to remove the scratches from the braking surface.
This same question was answered only a couple months ago...
Search is your friend.
Haha, I had a feeling this was going to come up. I do apologize, Actually I'm not new to forums at all. (I been on automotive/audio forums for the last 8 years) That probably doesn't excuse me reposting, but searching for "damaged rim" does return a LOT of results.
If a moderator feel it necessary to close or get rid of this thread, I'd understand. Thanks again guys!