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Hi all,

So I managed a pretty spectacular wipe-out yesterday. Was coming off of a tight switchback section into a downhill section on one of my local trails, and managed to lose it in some soft stuff on a berm/jump - type hump as the downhill came back up. Ended up going endo and landing on my back (not sure how that happened - :skep: ), breaking my water bladder and sunglasses (somehow my phone and gps that were also in the pack survived though, and I really didn't hit my head :) ). Anyways, after getting up and getting my wind back and cleaning my leg up (had some scrapes going from the trail and what-have-you), I was ready to give the bike the once over, hop back on, and ride out.

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I managed to get the front wheel all bent up (would no longer spin in the fork). So, I had to walk the mile and a half (uphill, of course) to get back to my truck at the trailhead.

My question, since I'm still pretty new to the repair side of this, is: will this wheel be rideable again? I know it's possible to re-true a wheel, can the same be done for this taco'ed wheel? It looks to me that the bend is gradual enough to pull back (all lateral, by the way, looks pretty good radially) and there don't seem to be any kinks, so I'm hoping that it will be possible to get it back close to what it was before.

All in all, I guess the spill could have been much worse. If a messed up wheel and a few scrapes and bruises is all I end up with, I can't really complain.
 

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I bent new wheel up recently, and didn't want to replace it, so I unlaced it, bent the wheel back flat as flat as I could using my garage floor to find the bends, and relaced it. It's back on the bike and working OK, but it's got a warped spot or two in it that I couldn't get completely worked out.
 

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bluspikez said:
Hi all,

So I managed a pretty spectacular wipe-out yesterday. Was coming off of a tight switchback section into a downhill section on one of my local trails, and managed to lose it in some soft stuff on a berm/jump - type hump as the downhill came back up. Ended up going endo and landing on my back (not sure how that happened - :skep: ), breaking my water bladder and sunglasses (somehow my phone and gps that were also in the pack survived though, and I really didn't hit my head :) ). Anyways, after getting up and getting my wind back and cleaning my leg up (had some scrapes going from the trail and what-have-you), I was ready to give the bike the once over, hop back on, and ride out.

One problem:



I managed to get the front wheel all bent up (would no longer spin in the fork). So, I had to walk the mile and a half (uphill, of course) to get back to my truck at the trailhead.

My question, since I'm still pretty new to the repair side of this, is: will this wheel be rideable again? I know it's possible to re-true a wheel, can the same be done for this taco'ed wheel? It looks to me that the bend is gradual enough to pull back (all lateral, by the way, looks pretty good radially) and there don't seem to be any kinks, so I'm hoping that it will be possible to get it back close to what it was before.

All in all, I guess the spill could have been much worse. If a messed up wheel and a few scrapes and bruises is all I end up with, I can't really complain.
Can't see the picture....

Normally a taco's wheel can be fixed enough in the field to ride out.

Take wheel off

Lay it down and stand on the sides that are up....(Take care to protect hub and rim in a hole or something).

Jump to straighten wheel...

Turn the wheel over and repeat.

DONOT try to get it perfect, just good enough to rotate in the forks and get you out...

Overdoing it may break the wheel causing a walkout.
 

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jeffscott said:
Can't see the picture....
Hmmm...not sure why you can't see it. I can see it in both IE and Chrome, and those above could apparently see it.

Anyways, thanks for the advice. Will definitely keep it in mind if it ever happens again.

I'll be heading to my LBS over lunch to see what they can do for me, as I don't have any tools that I'd need to do this on my own.
 

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Hmmm...not sure why you can't see it. I can see it in both IE and Chrome, and those above could apparently see it.

Anyways, thanks for the advice. Will definitely keep it in mind if it ever happens again.

I'll be heading to my LBS over lunch to see what they can do for me, as I don't have any tools that I'd need to do this on my own.
Picture problem is my end.
 

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Just returned from the LBS. They'll get the wheel ride-able for the next few days 'till the new rim comes in.

Not too happy that I'm gonna have to shell out the cash to fix my mistake (since I've had this bike for about a month and a half now), but it really is the least of the evils possible. I easily could have gotten seriously hurt or broken something much more expensive (phone, gps, fork/frame etc), so I guess I really can't complain.

Lesson learned; crashes aren't only going to hurt your pride, but your wallet as well. :rolleyes:
 
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