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Old 02-22-15, 04:14 PM
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Crooked Rim

My sister and I were riding together and somehow she crashed into me. Her bike is okay but mine.. the rear rim is a bit crooked, the front is crooked too but better than the rear rim. I tried to straighten it but no luck, the brakes still work great but it just sometimes touch the rim in some certain spot. Should I replace the rim(s) or should they be fine?
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Have the rims trued. Park Tool Co. » ParkTool Blog » Wheel and Rim Truing All you realy need is a spoke wrench, you can use the brake pads as a guide.
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Originally Posted by bhchdh
Have the rims trued. Park Tool Co. » ParkTool Blog » Wheel and Rim Truing All you realy need is a spoke wrench, you can use the brake pads as a guide. Park Tool Co. » SW-7.2 : Triple Spoke Wrench : Wheel & Spoke
It all depends on how bad the rim is.

The first thing is to check for broken spokes, and replace and true as necessary.

Inspect the rim for bad dents.

The ability to true a wheel depends on how bad, or how abrupt the bend is, but it never hurts to give it a try.
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If the wheel turns within the brakes with only a slight rub, then your wheel is only very slightly out of true. This is a straightforward repair at any decent bike shop, or you can do it yourself with a spoke wrench.

If you decide to tackle it yourself (not very difficuolt, but requires patience and a soft touch) read some tutorials to get a sense of the job, and work slowly in small increments, (a 1/2 turn of a nipple is a lot) spreading the corrective action over the entire area rather than one or two spokes. Work from worst to best by degrees, watching and feeling as you proceed. As you work on it, follow the advice of bakers and "don't overwork the dough".
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Also, if you do it yourself, get the right sized spoke wrench. One that is slightly loose (too big) can strip the nipples, rendering them useless for adjusting.
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It is quite possible for the wheel to be physically bent. If you try to true it yourself and you find the spoke you are supposed to loosen already loose, and the one to tighten already tight then physical bending will be necessary - usually best in experienced hands.
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