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Old 02-23-12, 11:01 AM
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hit by car-bent wheel

Someone backed their car into me knocking me off the bike and damaging the back wheel.Happilly I'm not injured and I don't see any damage to the frame(1987 Pinarello Montello,the light of my life).The wheel was badly warped though.When I got home I managed to true the wheel but when checking tension the tension was badly inbalanced.I tried to play with it and I've stripped a couple of nipples so I think I'll replace the rim.Should I replace the spokes too? they have barely 500 miles on them.Do you think they were compromised?I'd rather not.they look ok.Help is appreciated.
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Old 02-23-12, 11:25 AM
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Hard to tell from here. Ideally, a new rim and spokes would be the best. Perhaps you can reuse the spokes, with a few new nipples on a new rim.
Sometimes, a rim can be bent back, but at a certain point it's just better to replace it.
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Old 02-23-12, 11:27 AM
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The car driver should be paying for a new wheel. You could rebuild the old one, certainly the rim needs replacement and I'd replace any nipples that were stripped. But the driver need to buy you a new wheel- the cost of replacing the rim and rebuilding it would just about equal a new wheel.

The spokes are probably OK if they weren't bent. The rim is certainly bent and needs replacement. You might have trouble finding the right replacement rim if it's also 1987-vintage, which would warrant spoke replacement anyway.
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Old 02-23-12, 12:46 PM
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The car driver should be paying for a new wheel. You could rebuild the old one, certainly the rim needs replacement and I'd replace any nipples that were stripped. But the driver need to buy you a new wheel- the cost of replacing the rim and rebuilding it would just about equal a new wheel.

The spokes are probably OK if they weren't bent. The rim is certainly bent and needs replacement. You might have trouble finding the right replacement rim if it's also 1987-vintage, which would warrant spoke replacement anyway.
Clearly the driver should buy me a wheel but since I built it myself I don't mind just switching the rim which is a Mavic open sport and I do have a spare.The driver was horribly belligerent and agressive and I will try to get whatever i can from her but its not easy as even the cops so far have been morons.The rim cost me $49.
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Old 02-23-12, 12:55 PM
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1. Toss the nipples...

Long as there's no obvious "unbending" of the elbows...or head destruction...the following may be of help:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjdKJ...En_PcY4VLuZMgh

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Don't back down to the driver - and if the belligerence continues - let your lawyer be a model for legal belligerence....

=8-)
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Old 02-23-12, 02:31 PM
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Yes, you probably aggravated a spine injury that you didn't notice in the adrenalin-fueled moments after she knocked you down with her car and ran over your bike. Let her know that your back is starting to hurt, and you're going to the doc tomorrow. That will usually stop belligerence. If not, go to the doctor and get a lawyer and contact her insurance agent. Clearly, you'll need to be compensated for your pain and suffering.
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+1 on not backing down to her aggressive tactics. The driver is clearly responsible and if you politely make it clear that this is the case and that if she is not cooperative she will be paying for both the wheel and your attorney's fees she will likely pay right up. A threat to get her insurance company involved (and the attendant rate increases/cancellation possibility) might also help clarify her thinking.
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Buy a nipple wrench that holds all 4 corners securely. I use a Spokey red, I think the newer Park wrenches are also 4 sided.
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#1, get a lawyer.
The spokes will be fine as long as they are not kinked. You could wear out many rims with the currrent set of spokes. Replace any nipples that are damaged in the rebuild.
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Originally Posted by trek330 View Post
Someone backed their car into me knocking me off the bike and damaging the back wheel.Happilly I'm not injured and I don't see any damage to the frame(1987 Pinarello Montello,the light of my life).The wheel was badly warped though.When I got home I managed to true the wheel but when checking tension the tension was badly inbalanced.I tried to play with it and I've stripped a couple of nipples so I think I'll replace the rim.

Should I replace the spokes too? they have barely 500 miles on them.
I wouldn't unless they have visible nicks. I'd reuse the nipples that I didn't strip too.

Do you think they were compromised?
No. You reach the rim's limits (it deforms or spokes pull out of the spoke bed) long before you risk hurting the spokes.
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What type of rim is it ? If it's from 1987, you might have trouble getting an exact match (Ebay ?), but you can probably find one with the same ERD (effective rim diameter) so that the spokes will fit.
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Old 02-24-12, 07:46 PM
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I've been hit here is one of my wheels. https://zerodish.files.wordpress.com/...it-and-run.jpg rims are a big spring it will warp more when you take it off or if you retrue it and ride it it might warp unexpectedly. Replace the rim.
 
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Originally Posted by Charles Ramsey View Post
I've been hit here is one of my wheels. https://zerodish.files.wordpress.com/...it-and-run.jpg rims are a big spring it will warp more when you take it off or if you retrue it and ride it it might warp unexpectedly. Replace the rim.
I have.Luckily i had the exact same rim on a spare wheel so the bike is now as good as new.Ieven took the opportunity to replace the tires as the old ones flatted on the first test ride.It was about time.The whole procedure took me about 4 hours.I've decided to not to pursue any attempt for compensation as its compensation enough not to deal with the subhuman that hit me.(No exaggeration,real filth) I'm going to count my blessings(No injuries no damage to the frame or components)and continue with my life.
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