Bike Rim Repair – The Solution
I know this one has happened to me a few times, especially while out on my mountain bike. If you have ever ridden the trails on a bike before, you know that there are all kinds of hazards that are just waiting to try and cause damage to your bike.
The vast majority of the time though, our bike tires and rims take the majority of the abuse. I went in search of finding a way to repair minor rim dents because it wasn’t a cheap venture to replace the entire bike rim. My search led me to a very simple but straight to the point article on how to repair a dent in a bike rim.
When I mean simple, I mean that I had to take a second look because it was a very short article. As I read it though, it struck me as a really innovative and easy fix that almost anyone could do themselves.
Why Fix a Dent?
So why fix that dented rim in the first place you might ask? Here’s a scenario for you; you are travelling as fast as you can down that last little drop on the trail when out of the blue your inner tube blows and you go sailing off your bike! Ouch is right!
How might this have happened?
Whenever the rim gets deformed in any way, you run the risk of have a rubbing brake pad. Brakes need smooth surfaces and are adjusted so that they are situated just a little ways off your rim.
If you dent the rim (i.e. make it non smooth) then you will more than likely have a brake pad that rubs. If it rubs enough, it will start to build up heat. If it heats up enough you could very easily blow your inner tube. Bottom line is; Don’t ride on a dented rim.
All you need to fix this problem is 2 wrenches. After the wheel is taken off your bike and the tire and inner tube removed as well, one of the wrenches is placed behind the dent and the other is used to squeeze your rim and the dent back into alignment using the other wrench as a straight edge.
It may take a few tries moving back and forth but you can usually get enough of the dent out to make it perfectly ride able and safe once more. See pictures of this simple process here.
Like I said, it sounds almost too simple but it really works well. Ever tried this method yourself or have another method for fixing dents on bike rims. Let’s hear from you!