Had a hell of a fall today in Swissvale! I’m completely unscathed, but my new bike is not. I’m used to riding a fixed gear bike with really deep-section wheels, and I’ve had crashes like this on them with no damage… but, my new wheels are tacos. So, since I’ve never been in this situation before, should I:
1. disassemble wheel, try to bang out rims flat with a rubber mallet, attempt to rebuild and true
2. disassemble wheel, throw out wasted spokes and rim, buy all new spokes, nipples and rim, and rebuild (where should I buy this stuff? online? kraynicks?
3. get someone else to do one of the above (recommend a bike shop that builds wheels for a reasonable price)
4. quit trying to ride fancy bikes that shift and have modern components and permanently go back to my schwinn fixed conversion??? steel is real?
I would only reride bent rims when I can make sure that doesn’t effect the ride. Trail to commute. No f that. I ditched every rim I’ve chipped. Even after riding miles out of woods with detached brakes.
Here’s another thing – I’m not bad at truing wheels but have never built any before. What’re the chances I’ll be able to figure it out without having some of the more expensive tools of the trade? Will I be able to build a decent wheel with a spoke wrench, my bike’s fork, and some luck, or do I really need a truing stand, tension meter, etc.?
And yes, it is quite possible to build a wheel with nothing but a bike and a spoke wrench. The fancy tools would make things easier, but they aren’t 100% necessary. Brake pads instead of truing stand, ruler instead of dishing tool, finger squeeze instead of tension meter.
I suppose what I mean is the spokes aren’t bent so badly that they’re creased or anything, but I probably wouldn’t want to use them again. I think I’ll probably try the DIY rebuild… good places to get spokes and a rim around here? Probably best to just head to Kraynick’s, yeah? Benefit of that would be to potentially just use a truing stand there. And also to support Kraynick’s, and to not spend a fortune.