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Old 04-04-05, 02:44 AM
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loose spokes + true wheel = new rim?

Hi all,
I had an accident last week (no car involved, just stupid urban planning and a lot of rain), resulting in an un-true wheel. I took it into my mechanic, and he trued it out pretty well. I was happy to be riding again until I started to clean the drivetrain and braking surfaces. I found that the spokes were all in variable states of tension. Like, one would be super tight while a spoke five nipple down would be loose. But the wheel is pretty much true with only a few millimeters of variation.
I've heard that this means my rim is screwed and I need a new rim.
Is this true?
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Old 04-04-05, 03:47 AM
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Yeah. It sounds to me like your rim is bent. Usually that means that a new rim will be necessary before very long.
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Old 04-04-05, 04:30 AM
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Well if when your truing it one place requires an much larger amount of tension, and you were involved in an accident its probably best to replace the rim
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Old 04-04-05, 05:22 AM
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My rim is kinda like that. I wonder how long it would take before that thing explodes on me.
I have one side super tight and the other is basically loose. And I drag that thing through hell and back on my commute. 20+ mph into gigantic potholes. It's been 2 weeks and it's still true to +- 1mm.
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Old 04-08-05, 11:35 AM
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So yeah, the rim is warped and I'm getting another one today after work. It's been like this for a week and only been trued four times... ha ha.
But I'm wondering, should any mechanic worth his/her weight in locktight seen this as a problem as they were truing my wheel the first time, before I got all stressed out?
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If a rim is just warped some but not kinked a good wheel mechanic can get it pretty straight with judicial use of a hammer.
Still a new rim is better and that is what I would do.

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Old 04-08-05, 11:59 AM
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Front wheel....replace it.

Rear wheel....ride it till it squeals

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I used to use trashed aluminum rims to save money. Tuning the spokes to straighten the rim led to unequal spoke tension, of course. Then bumps and potholes, with the uneven spoke tension, would gradually straighten the rim. Then the unequal spoke tension would need equalizing. Worked for me, (with a lot of spoke adjustments to keep rim braking working OK.)
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