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    Alternative uses for a bent rim?

    So, I just put a sweet little S-curve into the front wheel of my brand new bike on it's fourth time out. The rim is still pretty clean and new looking aside from the new geometry, and I was wondering how I might put it to use in the garage or maybe even the house, as wall art or something. Any ideas?

    The only thing that comes to mind is maybe as a ceiling mounted pot rack or tool rack...

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    Stick it in the closet until something comes to mind.

    I use odd stuff like that in my mulch gardens. i.e. plant a vine next to it with it 1/3 of the rim buried.
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    Got a cat? Practice being a lion tamer.

    Got a bin of old bike parts? Hang them from the spoke holes with some fishing line and make a giant mobile.

    Got some dish soap? Make huuuuge soap bubbles.

    Got some string? Make a dream catcher.

    Got a tarp? Make a solar shower privacy tube.
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    Put some LED lights on it, throw it up in the air, and report a UFO sighting.

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    Even a s-bend wheel rim can still be trued back to spec. It takes time, by a skilled and experienced wheel builder...but it can be done. Only the Taco is irreversible....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachariah View Post
    Even a s-bend wheel rim can still be trued back to spec. It takes time, by a skilled and experienced wheel builder...but it can be done. Only the Taco is irreversible....
    As a moderately skilled wheel builder... I'd much rather start with a rim that doesn't start out with funky spoke tensions to begin with. A somewhat exotic rim is what, 100$? I'd almost always rather start out with a fresh rim for my own build- peace of mind and easier work is worth the expense.

    A housecat that will leap through flames, though.... invaluable. A thousand household uses.
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    I once cut up an old rim into many pieces, leaving one spoke hole in each piece, and made key chains that I sold for $5 to help pay for a new rim. Just sayin'....

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    Use it to build for a wreath when the holidays come a round, they look good.

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    cock ring?

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    Alternative uses for a bent rim?

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    cock ring?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachariah View Post
    Even a s-bend wheel rim can still be trued back to spec. It takes time, by a skilled and experienced wheel builder...but it can be done. Only the Taco is irreversible....
    Trued back to perfectly straight, yes absolutely. Evenly tension, not even close. Without even spoke tension the wheel will be weak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinGT View Post
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    This works best with Mavic Open Pro rims, but here's my re-purposed rim:





    I used mine moments after taking those photos and I am now enjoying this fine beverage.

    depending on how bad the bend is, you can often "bend it back" and get some more life out of the rim without needing wacky spoke tensions. it depends on how badly you want to fix something rather than replacing it.

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    Garage Art for now:
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    My wife is using a couple 20" wheels for some sort of interactive spinning pictorial wall of sorts. There are all sorts of crafty projects to do with various bike parts. Perhaps a lazy susan?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachariah View Post
    Even a s-bend wheel rim can still be trued back to spec. It takes time, by a skilled and experienced wheel builder...but it can be done. Only the Taco is irreversible....
    I'm not a wheel builder; but I'm going to assume that if a wheel was bent enough to allow a quarter of the spokes to lose tension, that it lost much of it original specification fatigue resistance. I would only use the aluminum in the rim if there was an ability to re-extrude the aluminum rim.
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    Make a couple coat hangers out of the rim and a few spokes



    Velocity sells them, too


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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachariah View Post
    Even a s-bend wheel rim can still be trued back to spec. It takes time, by a skilled and experienced wheel builder...but it can be done. Only the Taco is irreversible....
    Seen the you tube fix of a TAco'd wheel three smacks and it pops back straight...permanent

    Ive done the same by jumping on it....not permanent but will get you out..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burt4x4 View Post
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    yup the sharp bend at 3:00 makes that one a goner...

    if the curve is gently all the way around it is fixable.

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    OH yeah it's a gonner. It split at the seam exposing the "pin" used for holding it togeather. On the valve end there are little dimples next to the valve hole = Toast (cheep stock wheel anyway)
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    Trying to properly tension a bent rim is a pain in the but. You'll have slack spokes coming off one side and tensions approaching nipple failure on the other. These are the wheels that are more prone to TACO due to spoke inbalance.

    When the rims get into this state, the next "event" spells replacement. It's less work just to get a new rim and rebuild.

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    if you ever go to races, a rim and handle bar make great noise makers

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