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Old 07-03-07, 09:41 AM   #1
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Ruined rear wheel

I just completely bent my rear wheel. It is a 27" Araya alloy rim with a 6 speed freewheel on my Lotus Challenger. THIS BIKE IS MY LIVELYHOOD!!! this is how i get to and from work... I was wondering if anyone had an extra low-end alloy rear wheel handy or if someone knows how I could straighten it out.
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Depending on how badly you've bent it, you might as well try and fix it before throwing it away. Get yourself a spoke wrench, and with the wheel on the bike, loosen the spokes a few turns all the way around. Then, using your brake pads as guides, the idea is to pull the rim in the direction you want it to go by tightening the spokes that are on that side. Start with one turn at a time, then go to half turns, then quarter turns. Once you've pulled the largest out of round sections on both sides, start in on the smaller spots that aren't true. Most likely, you'll make the wheel at least rideable.

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Depending on your budget and skill level you could always try to find a 'donor' bike at a garage sale, craigslist, or a thrift store.
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