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Old 07-09-18, 01:16 PM
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Rim Damage from Lacing Machine?

Sorry my phone takes terrible photos ever since it got run over by a car.


This wheel came with a new bike purchase about 4 years ago (Trek urban commuter). I'd never taken the rim tape off but was having some puncture problems and thought I would do it now. When I got the old stuff (the hard plastic kind) off I noticed two spots like this, where it looks like a nipple driver or something missed the spoke hole and dug into the aluminum before finding the right spot. The gouges were a little rough so I filed them down with my Dremel before putting on the new Velox. (seems to be working so far)

Did I figure right? Wheel lacing machine error?
Or is it something else?
Ever seen anything similar?

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Old 07-09-18, 03:32 PM
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
Sorry my phone takes terrible photos ever since it got run over by a car.


This wheel came with a new bike purchase about 4 years ago (Trek urban commuter). I'd never taken the rim tape off but was having some puncture problems and thought I would do it now. When I got the old stuff (the hard plastic kind) off I noticed two spots like this, where it looks like a nipple driver or something missed the spoke hole and dug into the aluminum before finding the right spot. The gouges were a little rough so I filed them down with my Dremel before putting on the new Velox. (seems to be working so far)

Did I figure right? Wheel lacing machine error?
Or is it something else?
Ever seen anything similar?
I see no pic.
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Old 07-09-18, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
I see no pic.
Thanks for the head slap.

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Old 07-09-18, 04:13 PM
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It could also be in the rim manufacturing, dragging before cutting the spoke holes.

No matter, it appears to be of little overall consequence.
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Old 07-09-18, 06:18 PM
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You're right, the hole driller would make more sense.
Just kind of an interesting remnant, other than leaving some sharp bits behind which probably cost me a few tubes.
I just watched a bunch of rim manufacturing videos... interesting.


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