crack rim

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  1. wnowak06

    wnowak06 New Member

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    hey everyone

    where one of my spokes connects with the rim of my back tire, there is a crack......it is still ridable, but i was wondering for how long... should i stop riding and buy a new rim, or is it ok to use? any help appreciated....
     
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  2. Nas_kaj

    Nas_kaj New Member

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    GET A NEW RIM IMMEDIATELY! I busted my ass going at 46 km/hour on the NYC triborough bridge. It ripped off a good portion of my left face (not wearing a helmet). Now, for me safety comes first, and it should come first for you too!
     
  3. John M

    John M New Member

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    It should not be ridden. The spoke will likely pull from the rim, possibly with catastrophic results.
     
  4. CAMPYBOB

    CAMPYBOB Well-Known Member

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    over the years i've cracked two campy rims at the spoke ferrule area (one was a sigma and one was an omega). the sigma was replaced as soon as the crack was detected, but i decided to let the omega go to see how long it would soldier on as a training wheel.

    i reduced the tension on the spoke with the cracked seat area and re-trued the wheel. i put another season on it (maybe 3000 miles) with more and more small cracks radiating from the ferrule and the ferrule, finally, starting to pull thru the alloy rim just a bit. i relaced that wheel last winter sometime and stuck the rim in the basement as a testimony to the strength of the old box section, sew-up rims.
     
  5. supergrill

    supergrill New Member

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    As others have indicated, you may get away with for a while, but it is a risk which is probably not worth taking. What type of rim and lacing are you using? The likelihood of a failure having catastrophic results increases dramatically the lower the spoke count of the rim in question.
     
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