Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
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One of the differences between big city bike shops and suburban ones is that city shops fix this kind of stuff every day, while suburban shops sell new wheels.
Whether you can fix this yourself depends on your hand skill. You want to bring the dent back out as mrrabbit suggested without adding more dents, nicks or wiggles. It's one of those jobs that some do perfectly in 2 minutes, while others make a hash of it and eliminate any chance of a repair by someone else.
If you're not comfortable with your own skills, you might try bringing it is to Papillion Cycle in Arlington and asking Bailey if he's willing to give it a shot.
BTW- if you do decide to fix it, I prefer to handle this differently from mrrabbit (not necessarily better, just different). For dents like yours, I set the rim flat on the edge of my workbench with a friend or my belt holding the wheel up. I set a block of hardwood against the bent lip and hammer it down using the bench as an anvil. I find this reduces the chances of putting a concentrated local bend into the rim as can happen with the wrench.
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Last edited by FBinNY; 05-26-12 at 10:42 AM.