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    Major puncture minor rim damage - Suggestions?

    Monday evening I hit something going over the Longfellow bridge that put a half inch tear through the stock rear tire and tube on my new swift. The tire is shot. While slowing down the rim received minor dings to the top edge of one side of the rim (sorry for lack of pictures). The damage does not extend across the thickness of the rim lip.

    Question: if the dings do not have rough/sharp edges, does the continued use of the rim pose a risk to the replacement tire?

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    Quote Originally Posted by law4jba
    Question: if the dings do not have rough/sharp edges, does the continued use of the rim pose a risk to the replacement tire?
    Is the side wall of the rim bent, cracked or otherwise structurally damaged? If only the top of the rim wall has minor indentations or scratches, I would make sure there are no sharp edges that could damage the rim (maybe smooth it out with fine sand paper) and continue to use it.
    For liability reasons: This is only a personal opinion.
    TH 1.81 (133kg*62)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rincewind8
    Is the side wall of the rim bent, cracked or otherwise structurally damaged? If only the top of the rim wall has minor indentations or scratches, I would make sure there are no sharp edges that could damage the rim (maybe smooth it out with fine sand paper) and continue to use it.
    For liability reasons: This is only a personal opinion.

    No the rim is true with no localized deformations. Looks like pieces of sand were impressed into the edge of the rim and then yanked back out (which is probably what happened ).

    As to liability - I'm a lawyer but couldn't find a court house if it fell on me....

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