Transporting Bikes And Bent Rims



lectraplayer

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I have been carrying my bikes in the bed of my truck with no problems for years until I started seeing my rear wheel getting wobbly. I primarily ride mountain bikes. Still, I'm thinking my wheels are getting banged around, so I am trying a suspension hammock made of straps to see if that's the problem. Has anybody noticed a change in durability of wheels now?
 

maydog

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Stresses to the wheels while riding are magnitues of order greater than any bumps a bike would see laying in a bed of a truck. Other then a bike getting dinged and scrached up from sliding around it is hard to imagine any significant structural damages being done.

Bent rims? Do you mean the wheels are out of true? If so, that can be fixed with a spoke wrench. The wheels could be poorly built as well, which is the case for most all department store bikes - that may call for a more involved rebuild or replacement.