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Old 07-09-18, 02:05 PM
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Will people buy a bent front wheel?

Hi Folks.

My front wheel was subjected to a crushing force so three spokes got bent (not a car crash). The wheel was ridable in its bent state, but the repair shop couldn't fully true it even with new spokes. I'm not sure if they were rubbish or the wheel needs a re-build.

I was thinking of selling it (It's a shimano wh-r500 ) for $15 as the wheel retails around $50 - $100 depending on where you shop at.

I don't really want to just throw it away and I don't have the time, the skills or the patience to re-build it myself as I've got a replacement on order.

What you think? Sell it on that famous auction site as a project wheel with full disclosure, hang onto it so I can throw it away in 10 years time, or just get it recycled?

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Old 07-09-18, 02:15 PM
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Unlace or cut the spokes off, throw the spokes and rim in the recycling bin, and sell the hub by itself.

Nobody will want to pay the shipping on a broken wheel, but the hub maybe.
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Old 07-09-18, 02:18 PM
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If you have the time and tools, remove the spokes and nipples, and sell the hub+spokes+nipples.

Toss the rim.

Shipping is much easier/cheaper that way.

Hmmm... are the spokes just standard J-Bend? Standard nipples? Some people cut the spokes, although I like to remove.
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Old 07-09-18, 03:47 PM
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Cut the spokes, sell the hub.
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Old 07-09-18, 04:44 PM
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I believe it's usually recommended not to cut spokes without first loosening them? Also I could see them destroying everyday wire cutters.

With the tire off cordless screwdriver should make short work of it.
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Old 07-09-18, 04:49 PM
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Originally Posted by UniChris View Post
I believe it's usually recommended not to cut spokes without first loosening them? Also I could see them destroying everyday wire cutters.

With the tire off cordless screwdriver should make short work of it.
That is probably more important if one is saving the rim rather than scrapping the rim.

Bike shops like to save as much time as possible. It may or may not apply to a home mechanic.
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Old 07-09-18, 04:56 PM
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
That is probably more important if one is saving the rim rather than scrapping the rim.
Actually I think it's more a safety thing - you don't want that tension suddenly released when you cut it.
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Old 07-09-18, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by UniChris View Post
Actually I think it's more a safety thing - you don't want that tension suddenly released when you cut it.
Cut it with the spoke/nipple pointed down over a trash can. It's not going to ricochet, and the hub captures the other end.
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Old 07-09-18, 06:50 PM
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I use bolt cutters to cut spokes out of a wheel. It doesn't take long and you won't ruin wire cutters. If you were keeping the rim, I would say loosen the spokes first as others have said but since your rim is toast there isn't a need.
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Old 07-09-18, 08:58 PM
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There are people out there stupid enough to buy anything, so why not?

Check out these faux "distressed" jeans for $980.00. Crazy!
https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/givench...-jeans/4951387

There's a sucker born every minute.
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Old 07-09-18, 09:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Doctor Morbius View Post
There are people out there stupid enough to buy anything, so why not?
I'd be awfully pissed if I was to buy a wheel on E-Bay expecting it to be good, and getting trash instead.

The biggest problem with E-Bay is shipping costs on low value items. So, if the wheel is worth $30, with $50 shipping.... you might get lucky to sell it for $1.

On the other hand, if the hub is worth $30, and you ship if for $10, then you get $20 profit.

I've bought out of true wheels from the local co-op, with full knowledge that they may or may not be good. Some can be trued, some can't. That reminds me that I have one with a really bad hop, and bizarre lacing. It is time to tear it down, relace, and see if it can be salvaged, or parted out.
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Old 07-09-18, 09:56 PM
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I might be in the market for some spokes... If you didn't take a bolt cutter to em, that is... Otherwise, trashing the rim and selling the hub sounds right.

Love the comment about shipping made easier for just the hub, you're pragmatic as hell!

HOWEVER! Is the hub worth building a new wheel around??? An intact wheel might also have broader appeal to potential buyers. Maybe keep it for a while and when you're tired of staring at it, donate it to your local build a bike program.
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Old 07-09-18, 10:32 PM
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How many miles are on that hub? Coincidently I'm trying to locate some replacement cone nuts for a WH-R500 (front) and they don't seem to be widely available.

Dan
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Old 07-10-18, 05:23 AM
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Thanks for the ideas folks. I'll probably follow your suggestions. I just didn't want to sell it with any assumption that it was fit to ride if they purchased it and possibly cause someone to have an accident.

Originally Posted by _ForceD_ View Post

How many miles are on that hub? Coincidently I'm trying to locate some replacement cone nuts for a WH-R500 (front) and they don't seem to be widely available.

Dan
Probably 1000 to 1300 miles (at a guess) I've done on it and and unknown amount before I got the bike.
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Old 07-10-18, 07:29 AM
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Originally Posted by rgconner View Post
Cut the spokes, sell the hub.
Leave the gun. Take the canollis.
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Old 07-10-18, 07:37 AM
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I've bought hubs just for the cones
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Old 07-10-18, 12:33 PM
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
I'd be awfully pissed if I was to buy a wheel on E-Bay expecting it to be good, and getting trash instead.
I wasn't suggesting that anyone lie about the condition of the wheel. But that does seem to fall under the acceptable condition of "mint" on Craig's List.



Typical Craig's List Ad: For Sell kids bicycle in absolute MINT condishun. $50 cash!


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Old 07-10-18, 12:53 PM
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Put it on CL for what you want OBO. Make sure you mention it is not true and is being sold for hub.spoke value.

Let someone else do the work, and avoid shipping.
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Old 07-11-18, 10:58 AM
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I agree with those who suggested taking the wheel apart and selling the hub (and possibly spokes) separately.

A spoke wrench should make short work of the project. If you don't already have one, you should be able to get one for ~$5 either at the LBS or online, and it's not a bad tool to have.
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