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I geeked my front rim at 60 mph

Post  AURORA on Fri Nov 27, 2009 12:46 am

I geeked my front rim at 60 mph.

Today I ran 70 miles. During that trip I hit a hidden mini wash. When the front suspension bottomed out and it sounded like a .22 rifle shot. The pictures are not very pretty. The rim didn't crack but, is bent.

Now I have to decided if the replacement will be from Honda, DID or someone else.

Any recommendations? I really do not feel like lacing the rim by myself.







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two suggestions

Post  Bump on Fri Nov 27, 2009 12:57 am

First, you might be able to fix that. It's only on one side, it's pretty contained to the side, it's not overly stretched.
Second, the Honda rims are made to stretch instead of crack and break. I think it's an advantage. I've seen some rims (no spokes, hubb etc) go for pretty cheap lately.

Good luck!


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Re: I geeked my front rim at 60 mph

Post  AURORA on Fri Nov 27, 2009 1:43 am

Bump wrote:First, you might be able to fix that. It's only on one side, it's pretty contained to the side, it's not overly stretched.
Second, the Honda rims are made to stretch instead of crack and break. I think it's an advantage. I'v seen some rims (no spokes, hubb etc) go for pretty cheap lately.

Good luck!
It is on both sides. The first two pictures are the left side. The third picture is the right side.

What method would I uses to fix the rim? Huge hammer?
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I'd use a lever arm

Post  Bump on Fri Nov 27, 2009 9:08 pm

It appears to me the inside of the rim is still round. So I'd use a lever arm like they use to straighten handlebars. Or, I'd use a long pipe wrench with some cloth of wood to protect the aluminum rim. Then slowly push or pull it back into place. Then see if it's can be true with the spokes.
Or I'd use a large C clamp to work the two sides against each other. See which one doesn't seem to way to force the rim into the center hubb direction.

Probably someone has a better idea...

Ya got nothing to lose really. I think it's likely to work. Or it will work until you find a replacement rim.

There's a bicycle company that makes a handlebar and subframe straightener I think. Someone else makes one too that is better I think but I can't remember who it is-maybe not...

Here's the Park tool one for motorcycles: http://www.parktool.com/motorcycle/detail.asp?cat=80&item=FFS--2
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Re: I geeked my front rim at 60 mph

Post  modette on Sat Nov 28, 2009 5:03 pm

Are there not companies that can straighten the rim out, I know they do it for autos. Maybe look up a local place that does auto rims and see if they can do a spoked rim, I would think they could....and from what I know it does not cost much to have an auto rim done.
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Re: I geeked my front rim at 60 mph

Post  AURORA on Mon Nov 30, 2009 2:47 am

modette wrote:Are there not companies that can straighten the rim out, I know they do it for autos. Maybe look up a local place that does auto rims and see if they can do a spoked rim, I would think they could....and from what I know it does not cost much to have an auto rim done.

http://www.woodyswheelworks.com

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Re: I geeked my front rim at 60 mph

Post  Dave P on Wed Dec 09, 2009 4:42 am

Man, that's a nice dent! I'm glad you are not in ER.

Before you think about repair, check the inner rim, at the factory "weld" for cracking.

I thought it was a fluke when I discovered a crack, but apparently it's not uncommon.
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Post  AURORA on Thu Dec 10, 2009 3:27 am

Dave P wrote:Man, that's a nice dent! I'm glad you are not in ER.

Before you think about repair, check the inner rim, at the factory "weld" for cracking.

I thought it was a fluke when I discovered a crack, but apparently it's not uncommon.

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Re: I geeked my front rim at 60 mph

Post  Dave P on Thu Dec 10, 2009 5:11 am

So those things actually DO serve a purpose. I've always thought of them as bling. BRP smile
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Re: I geeked my front rim at 60 mph

Post  Clipity on Fri Dec 11, 2009 4:27 pm

Buy a new one or a good used one there cheap and wheels are easy to DIY lace and true.
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Good to know

Post  Bump on Fri Dec 11, 2009 6:23 pm

Man, that should go on a list of things to check when tires are changed.

Great tip!



Dave P wrote:Man, that's a nice dent! I'm glad you are not in ER.

Before you think about repair, check the inner rim, at the factory "weld" for cracking.

I thought it was a fluke when I discovered a crack, but apparently it's not uncommon.
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Cracked rim

Post  Dave P on Sat Dec 12, 2009 1:31 am

Thanks Bump.

I'll add a new thread with picts, as not to hijack this one.
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