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    Small dent on lip of Deep V, repairable?

    Long story short, rode over pothole and it was abrupt and deep enough (combine with my speed, probably 18-20 mph) to dent the lip of both my deep v's. its the size of a dime and the lip is dented slightly inward and i wanted to know if theres anyway to fix it? can it bet bent back? will i have trouble truing in the future?

    there is one spot around the nipple where the metal has been stressed slightly. is this a red flag for the entire wheels structure?

    this is the case where i wished my deep v wasnt so... rigid and i wouldve rather had my wheel out-of-true than dented. ugh!

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    Towel, adjustable wrench, and 5 minutes will fix it.

    HTFU, fix it, and ride like hell.

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    I put a similar dent in a box-section rim, and repaired it the way Fugazi Dave suggested- an adjustable/crescent wrench (with flat jaws!) and a piece of cloth. Put the jaws over the lip of the rim with the cloth in-between (to prevent nicks, scratches, etc), support the rim, and gently bend the middle of the dent with the wrench.

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    its good man , dont worry, you will get over it. your wheel is still fine. ride it

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    You can definitely bend it back with an adjustable wrench (adjustables are best because their jaws are completely smooth).



    http://www.bicycling.com/article/1,6...3285-1,00.html

    Keep an eye on that stressed spot near your nipple, because catastrophic rim failure can definitely happen. If it goes for a while with no changes, you can relax a bit but it's always good to have a quick look at your wheels when you're cleaning them/ etc, whatever their history might be. I have had a front wheel fail under me and though I wasn't badly hurt it still sucked.

    Any rim can dent. It's not because it was too stiff, it's because you hit something hard and your tire pressure was a bit too low. With your tires inflated to proper pressure they will not pass shocks on to the rim as directly.
    Last edited by mander; 10-31-09 at 01:39 PM.

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    Good picture.

    Also, use the biggest, widest wrench you can get, to do it.

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    whee-o! thanks for the tip guys im not so worried anymore unless i mess it up bending it back haha. i ride with a slightly lower pressure to even out the bumps bc b123s are hella stiff but yeah i should def put full pressure now i that i've learned my lesson. thanks again and great visual reference

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    I have a similar dent. Considering the rim is made of aluminum, I don't believe it is a good idea to bend it back. I haven't bent mine back and I've had zero trouble with pumping to 120psi and riding all the harsh city streets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
    I have a similar dent. Considering the rim is made of aluminum, I don't believe it is a good idea to bend it back.
    It's only a bad idea to bend it repeatably in the same spot and bending past the normal angle of the rim.

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