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Banging a snake bite out of a rim

Old 01-09-06, 10:28 AM
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Banging a snake bite out of a rim

I wrecked on my bike the other day and put a nice little ding in one of my Velocity Deep V's. It looks like the tire is keeping pressure, but it just bugs me out. I was just wondering if there are any proven ways for a novice to fix this, or if I should just take this to the LBS. Thanks.
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Probably not the best thing to do, but I banged, or rather used a pair of pliers to fix a rim once. I still use the wheel but consider it significantly weakened. I don't use it for any high speed stuff anymore. It is a freewheel and the only reason i straightened it was because it messed with the brakes. If yours doesn't use a brake I would probably just let it be. Bending it again will only further weaken it. I'm not a mechanic, just letting you know my thoughts on it.
Edit: I'm guessing the bike shop would say the rim is garbage now.
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Old 01-09-06, 12:08 PM
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I straightened a wheel with pliers. Bike shop had declared it scrap. Can't even tell where it was messed up anymore.
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I wouldn't use pliers but instead a cresent wrench. I start on a good section and slowly reshape the wall of the rim. I've done it to several rims without issue.
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Now that you mention it I think I actually used an adjustable wrench too.
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def adjustable wrench- also good for semi sorting bent chainrings.

just take it easy while bending and it should be ok.
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I've got a nice ding in my rear rim on the fixee which happened around Thanksgiving, I still haven't bothered to fix it and it's holding up fine. I think the only real problem would be that extended brake usage would tempt an explosive destruction of the rim side wall.
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Originally Posted by MKRG
Probably not the best thing to do, but I banged, or rather used a pair of pliers to fix a rim once. I still use the wheel but consider it significantly weakened. I don't use it for any high speed stuff anymore. It is a freewheel and the only reason i straightened it was because it messed with the brakes. If yours doesn't use a brake I would probably just let it be. Bending it again will only further weaken it. I'm not a mechanic, just letting you know my thoughts on it.
Edit: I'm guessing the bike shop would say the rim is garbage now.
thats pretty much something we would actually DO at my bike shop, based on the customer's request at least. Although we work on a lot of ghetto bikes, I don't think we've done it to a halfway decent rim like a Deep V.
But yeah man, you pretty much hit the nail on the head with that one.
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Old 01-10-06, 09:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Smorgasgeorge
I wrecked on my bike the other day and put a nice little ding in one of my Velocity Deep V's. It looks like the tire is keeping pressure, but it just bugs me out. I was just wondering if there are any proven ways for a novice to fix this, or if I should just take this to the LBS. Thanks.
i was in the same situation with a cxp33 rim recently-

best way is actually with a couple of adjustable wrenches- put one on each side, and have yer friend hold them, to prevent you from bending the rest of the rim, then put a third on the dent, and carefully bend it back out.

then start saving for a new rim. if you get a new deep v, you can probably re-use the spokes and nipples.
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