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!
Cotic Roadrat, Bianchi BASS, and a steel fixed-gear conversion of unknown make
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.
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.
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
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.
Originally Posted by Scrodzilla
I'd rather ride a greasy bowling ball than one of those things.