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    Cool Wheel straightening shops in CA ??

    Well, I was always wondering how wheels get bent, now I are one. Riding on new asphalt, about 50, and hit the edge of a second layer straight on...HARD! When I checked, both sides of the front rim are spread enough to see easily, but holding air. So, I am interested in any recommendations or cautions on wheel repair. Also hoping to find a shop on Left coast if possible. KC

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    I have not used them for wheel straightening, but I've had very good experiences getting vintage bike frames straightened/repaired, with The Frame Man in Sacto. He advertises wheel work as well, and I would expect him to be able to do a good job.
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    I straightened mine with a humongous vise and being careful not to scratch the paint. I had about 3/16 inch of flange deformation on both sides.

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    Cool

    Mine is deformed 3/16" or less, and I was thinking about doing it myself too. I guess one thing I'm worried about is getting the place that bent to be the place that moves back into shape, and not the area next to it. Since work hardening causes metal to be harder after 'worked' or bent, the metal is more likely to bend some other place next time. Ever try to bend a coat hanger back straight after bent 90 deg? It's almost impossible to do at the same point of original bend. Maybe I worry too much.... KC

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    Quote Originally Posted by KCKBMOA View Post
    Mine is deformed 3/16" or less, and I was thinking about doing it myself too. I guess one thing I'm worried about is getting the place that bent to be the place that moves back into shape, and not the area next to it. Since work hardening causes metal to be harder after 'worked' or bent, the metal is more likely to bend some other place next time. Ever try to bend a coat hanger back straight after bent 90 deg? It's almost impossible to do at the same point of original bend. Maybe I worry too much.... KC
    I don't think this alloy work hardens. The main trick is to support it in a manner that deforms things back without over bending the opposite side. A lot of steel plates and tape etc worked well for me. I have no pictures though. I just deflated the tire.

    Whatever, don't use any hammer impacts or or other speedy methods. A vise is perfect providing you keep precise track of how far you tighten it. It takes a surprising amount of force - almost as much as the vise could deliver.

    I had to do both the front and the rear rims - on both sides of an R1100RT. It came out perfectly.

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    Call Walt at the Frame Man in Sacto..he'll not only get the kinks out but perfectly align the thing too.

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    The Frame Man all the way. He did my Ducati rim and it was perfect. His prices aren't too high either. If it's too bad to repair or it cracks during repair he will not charge you. I wouldn't think about messing with it myself.

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    Cool

    I'll give him a call. Good to have a recomendation. KC

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