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    Curb rash type damage on rim. What to do?

    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metzinger View Post
    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)

    anyways, thanks again! It puts my mind at ease!

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    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...

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    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.

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    You guys are awesome thank you so much!

    I hope this thread will be of use to someone else too.

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    Get some better friends.

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    It'll eventually smooth out. If you find it annoying, then sand it down

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    This same question was answered only a couple months ago...

    Search is your friend.

    =8-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrrabbit View Post
    This same question was answered only a couple months ago...

    Search is your friend.

    =8-)
    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ls01 View Post
    Get some better friends.
    I don't recall calling him my "friend" in any of my posts! I believe I referred to him as "roommate". hehe.

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