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yay, a crash. so... about this rim...

Old 09-16-11, 04:14 PM
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yay, a crash. so... about this rim...

morning (my time) all, so less than 10kms into my ride this morning my front tire hit something i couldn't see, probably due to the torrential rain at the time, and blew out like a bullet hit it. front end shot out, saw the impending gutter slam and launched myself low aiming for the grassy verge. mostly successful, which i'm pretty happy with. hit the dirt milliseconds before the concrete, and then slid for what seemed like miles along concrete. so now i've skinned my elbow and shoulder and torn up my favourite top, its to the bike for damage assessment. all the top end hit the dirt, so thats really great (hey i'm looking for positives here!), but the front rim hit the gutter hard, and now it's got a couple of pretty deep gouges across the braking surface. Whats the deal with this sort of damage? as is, i can see it'll just chew through brake pads, and grab constantly, so can i get it smoothed off? do people do that? its a mavic aksium, and i'm glad i'm not running anything exotic.

anyone get this sort of thing repaired or is it a rim killer? FYI - I'm a single income dad before anyone recommends their favourite carbon race set!!
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Old 09-16-11, 04:16 PM
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Old 09-16-11, 04:21 PM
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dude seriously? your username is **********? you get sponsor product? righto, pics to come!
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Old 09-16-11, 04:41 PM
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them pics

hopefully these give an indication. hard to see the depth, but the big hit has a pretty munted edge, and a gouge across the braking surface to the inner edge.



****, they're pretty rubbish quality, sorry! the edges of the gouges are really raised too.
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Old 09-16-11, 04:44 PM
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hard to tell what, if any, damage it did the the surface where the tire mounts. From what is visible, I say ride that sucker like you stole it!
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That wheel IMO has several years of service, if still true just ride it like crazy monkey.
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Old 09-16-11, 06:12 PM
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my lbs resurfaced a set of rims just as bad as those. I rode them for a long time with no problem
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Glad you're OK. Just sand the damaged spot of the rim to take out the high spots.
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Originally Posted by dfischer1 View Post
Glad you're OK. Just sand the damaged spot of the rim to take out the high spots.
+1 this. If the edges are really raised, you might take a file to it first, then use some emory paper to make it smooth. Once you get the raised spots off I don't think it's going to cause any additional brake wear or anything. Or if you are not so mechanically inclined, take it to the LBS and have them do it. If it's out of true, have them true it too.
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agree, looks like some rash. make sure the wheel is still true
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awesome, thanks all. i'll see what i can do here with a file and paper, and LBS it if its out of whack.
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