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    Is this salvageable?

    Look, this may be a really stupid question, but before I blow a lot of money on a new front wheel, I just want to make absolutely sure that this thing really cannot be salvaged anymore. It seems really unlikely, to be honest, but I dunno, maybe it can be done... Would it still be possible to center this or is it a case for the bin?

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    It won't true properly. You may be able to get it within a tolerable amount of runout, but the spoke tension is probably going to end up drastically uneven.

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    How did it get that way?
    If it's a broken or loose spoke, you are probably ok. Of it's a crash, you may need a new rim.

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    that's fine. true it. have trued worse

    a new rim may be in your future but that can be made straight
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    No, it won't take much for it return to that condition. No way the spoke tension will be even, you can try as long as you have dental insurance.

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    if you are able to get it straight it will not likely stay that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aglo View Post
    How did it get that way?
    If it's a broken or loose spoke, you are probably ok. Of it's a crash, you may need a new rim.
    I got hit by a car.

    The thing is, trueing this is gonna be a real bitch and to be honest I'd also hate to put all that effort into it just for it to go bad again within a few weeks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowcrash000 View Post
    I got hit by a car.

    The thing is, trueing this is gonna be a real bitch and to be honest I'd also hate to put all that effort into it just for it to go bad again within a few weeks...
    Wait, did driver run? If not they should be covering cost of new wheel. Ive seen some pretty warped wheels made rideable if there was no choice, but they wont ever be the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowcrash000 View Post
    I got hit by a car.

    The thing is, trueing this is gonna be a real bitch and to be honest I'd also hate to put all that effort into it just for it to go bad again within a few weeks...
    If you need something to ride, I mean, I guess it would be worth it. But that's only if you're commuting on it or just riding gravel or something. There's no point in truing that if you're gonna haul it to the local jump line or whatever. Even XC trail would probably eat it up.

    Is the hub worth saving? A LBS will probably replace the rim for around a hundred bucks, give or take; obviously I'd say just buy a new one if the hub isn't worth a hundred bucks.

    If you wanted to spend as little as possible (and are willing to learn to lace a wheel or already know how), you can pick up Chinese rims for less than $50. I googled up the first company I could think of, which came OE on one of my bikes- Alex rims. They're as low as like $30 and I thought the quality was not bad at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowcrash000 View Post
    I got hit by a car.

    The thing is, trueing this is gonna be a real bitch and to be honest I'd also hate to put all that effort into it just for it to go bad again within a few weeks...
    ok hit by car that's different than 'ride forces did it'
    prob toast
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowcrash000 View Post
    I got hit by a car.

    The thing is, trueing this is gonna be a real bitch and to be honest I'd also hate to put all that effort into it just for it to go bad again within a few weeks...
    Sounds like someone (or their insurance co) owe you a new wheel.

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    No good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowcrash000 View Post
    I got hit by a car.
    why are you concerned with this then? make the driver pay for a new wheel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    why are you concerned with this then? make the driver pay for a new wheel.
    Let's just say that that's not an option. Is anyone familiar with this maker? It's relatively cheap, but I think it may still be expensive for what it is.

    https://www.boc24.de/shop/fahrradtei...?itemId=527681

    Maybe I should just cough up the extra 20 and get something decent instead.

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    start by trying to get it true with spoke tension. loosen and tighten spokes by whatever means necessary to get it going. if it turns out that certain spokes are super tight and others have no tension at all to get it straight, that means the rim has a real bend in it.

    if you're on a budget and don't mind kind a rather ghetto method, you can forcefully bend the rim back. this is not ideal, but you can get some more miles out of the rim this way. Sheldon Brown has some tips:

    https://www.sheldonbrown.com/on-road-wheel-repairs.html

    I have also wedged a rim between two rigid bars (handrails, fence uprights, between a post and a wall, etc) and used it to lever a wheel back into shape. again, that's not ideal and might cause more problems, but it will get you rolling for a while so you can put off buying a whole new wheel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    make the driver pay for a new wheel.
    Provided that the driver was the one at fault.
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