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Would you still ride this wheel?

Old 09-17-09, 01:07 PM
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Would you still ride this wheel?

long story short, i was going home from downtown on my 'cross bike. this high school kid was riding on the bike path on the wrong lane. it was during a turn when i crashed into him and he got hurt, i didn't. but my brake lever broke and the front wheel went slightly untrue and was punctured. i trued it up and put on a new tube, but then i found this:


the chip is about 5mm deep. would you think it's still structurally strong enough for riding?

p/s: the kid was on an old peugeot and told me he was on the correct lane. last time i checked, opposing traffic is on the left side. i asked the kid for compensation, but he just biked off. bastard.
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Not with yellow tires.
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Old 09-17-09, 02:19 PM
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Looks ok to me. I'd ride it after I sanded off any burrs on the brake track.
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Old 09-17-09, 02:35 PM
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Old 09-17-09, 02:41 PM
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Originally Posted by bmw5nkj View Post
long story short, i was going home from downtown on my 'cross bike. this high school kid was riding on the bike path on the wrong lane. it was during a turn when i crashed into him and he got hurt, i didn't. but my brake lever broke and the front wheel went slightly untrue and was punctured. i trued it up and put on a new tube, but then i found this:


the chip is about 5mm deep. would you think it's still structurally strong enough for riding?

p/s: the kid was on an old peugeot and told me he was on the correct lane. last time i checked, opposing traffic is on the left side. i asked the kid for compensation, but he just biked off. bastard.
No, NO, and No
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Old 09-17-09, 02:46 PM
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5mm deep would be completely thru it!
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I'd ride it
And I like yellow tires
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Old 09-17-09, 03:33 PM
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Hard to tell withuot seeing it. Playing it safe I would say no. You came on here and asked because it looked pretty bad...otherwise you wouldn't have asked. Go with your gut.

In general I would probably ride it myself...but do as I say not as I do.

Rims fail along the bead from overpressurazation or a combination of high pressure and rim weakness caused by a thinned wall from braking...that gouge is a stress riser. You hit a hol on a high pressure tire on that rim....and you definitely stand an elevated chance of the sidewall of the rim blowing out.
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Is the damaged area near a seam in the rim? They are hard to see sometimes, but if the dent is on or within 3in or 4in of a welded seam I would not ride it.

Other than that, give it an easy ride at a reasonable pressure and check the spoke tension after the ride. If it's weakened and starting to fail in that area, the spokes should lose tension first.

I would also inspect the area closely for spider cracks in the aluminum coming from the damage. There is a special dye available for showing cracks in aluminum, but if you are that worried you should probably replace the rim.
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