somewhat daily mutterings

/Cycling Bent a Rim, Dammit!

So, I was riding my commuting bike to work this morning in almost complete darkness (of course, I do use a lighting system). In a high-speed corner that I've taken a million times without incident, today I hit a giant pothole that I didn't see until the last second. I got the front wheel over it, but the back took it hard. I didn't hear the telltale "ping!" of a spoke breaking, so I soldiered on for a bit. However, the next time I put on my brakes, I heard a loud shick-shick-shick sound from the rear. So I stopped under a street light to check it out. A spin of the wheel showed that it had gone out of true, and was catching on the brakes, and that a couple of spokes were very loose. I decided not to do further damage to the wheel, and rode back home (I was only a couple of miles away).

When I got home I put the bike on the stand to have a look at the wheel and see exactly how out of true it was. Well, it wasn't so much out of true as one of the walls of the rim was bent. Badly. I don't know how I did this without flatting immediately due to a pinch flat, but there it was. I'll probably go at the rim with a pliers to see if I can straighten it a bit, but I'm afraid I'm going to have to have the rear wheel rebuilt with a new rim. A real bummer, because these rims are almost new :-(.

I left my PowerBook at work today, and will ride my Colnago in tomorrow. I always look forward to riding that bike!

Posted: Wed Sep 15 20:10:27 -0700 2004

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