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How easy is it to get a buckled mountain bike wheel unbuckled?

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2010/04/14 14:35:57 (permalink)

How easy is it to get a buckled mountain bike wheel unbuckled?

What with us having all this nice weather, I feel it only right to blow the cobwebs off the old mountain bike and take it to annoy to local dog walkers down the park.
 
Problem is, the rear wheel is a little out of alignment which means I've had to undo the rear brakes so its not like riding a spin-bike.  I'll need rear brakes for what I'm planning though, so need to get the wheel fixed.
 
Easier to buy a new one or can it be sorted, yo?
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    MonkFinger
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    Re:How easy is it to get a buckled mountain bike wheel unbuckled? 2010/04/14 15:19:12 (permalink)
    depends on the buckle, if its a few mm, should be able to get it fixed by any bike shop, any more... maybe not

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    Re:How easy is it to get a buckled mountain bike wheel unbuckled? 2010/04/14 15:24:26 (permalink)
    As Monkfinger says also depends on use,nipping into town etc not so bad ripping down off road drops and bruns,id deffo not risk it.

    Call a shop get a quote for repair and then google wheels,see if there is a lot in it

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    Re:How easy is it to get a buckled mountain bike wheel unbuckled? 2010/04/14 15:37:55 (permalink)
    On the spokes of your wheels you should be able to tightern or loosen each individual spoke. Get a pair of narrow pliers and tightern the area thats buckled or bent, as hard as you can, it should bend the wheel back in place if its minor, if its a big buckle then you may need to stamp on the wheel lol.

    I remember doing this back in my youth, i lived with buckled wheels from trying to act like tony hawk.

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    march109
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    Re:How easy is it to get a buckled mountain bike wheel unbuckled? 2010/04/14 15:45:11 (permalink)
    You'll never get it to run perfect and true again, I have a wheel cage to repair wheels but typically only bother if they were super expensive in the first place.

    Though if you don't use it often and don't plan to I see no harm in having a proffesional take a bash though be warned it may cost as much as a cheapo replacement.  If your going to cycle reguarly again I'd just replace it far less hassle.

     
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    Re:How easy is it to get a buckled mountain bike wheel unbuckled? 2010/04/14 16:05:34 (permalink)
    I used to repair wheels. if the buckle is only a little one and not a big 'comedy' one then it should be straightenable to an extent, may not be perfect but near enough for most folks... at the time i would have charged about £20 iirc.
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    Re:How easy is it to get a buckled mountain bike wheel unbuckled? 2010/04/14 16:54:21 (permalink)
    It depends on the quality of the wheel and  how much it is out of true,
    If it can be repaired it should cost you no more than£7.50-£10.00
    @ your local bike shop.
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    Re:How easy is it to get a buckled mountain bike wheel unbuckled? 2010/04/14 16:56:09 (permalink)
    stick to riding your horse mate
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    Re:How easy is it to get a buckled mountain bike wheel unbuckled? 2010/04/14 17:25:27 (permalink)
    Just stand on the bent bit and bend it back the other way
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    Re:How easy is it to get a buckled mountain bike wheel unbuckled? 2010/04/14 17:32:25 (permalink)
    I remember when we were kids we used to , erm ,  "fix" buckled wheels with hammers !!  LOL ! 
      
           I wouldn't recommend tightening spokes unless you know what you are doing in a wheelbuilding sense ,  IME tightens and loosening spoke in a haphazard fashion invariably leads to spokes breaking a few weeks later 
      
          Best bet would be to take it into a bike shop (a decent one) ,  and get them to do their best with it , OK so they may not get it 100% -  but they'll get it true enough for V brakes , and most importantly it'll be stronger than if you simply guessed which spokes to tighten / loosen.   
           


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