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September 4, 2019
Try as you do to ride safely, sometimes you end up with major damage to your bike. Potholes, rocks, and other unexpected obstacles can do a number on your wheels. Before you know it, you’re on the side of the trail trying to do a repair on the fly. If you end up with a severely bent bike wheel or bent bike rim, here are some tips to straighten it back out:
What is a Tacoed Tire?
When a tire gets bent nearly in half, it’s considered “tacoed.” A tacoed wheel often happens when you hit something on the road that causes your wheel to turn completely to the side while the bike is still moving forward.
Named for the shape (a taco shell), this type of damage can’t be totally undone – but you can often straighten the wheel enough to get back home or to your car safely.
Steps to Fix the Wheel
First things first: always move to the side of the road or trail and make sure you’re safe before attempting any repairs. If you experienced a spill off your bike when the wheel became bent, address your own injuries before you try to mend your wheel! Then, to fix bent bike wheel and get it straight enough to get back home:
Once you’re safely back home, you may want to just replace the wheel. Even if the tacoed wheel looks good as new, it will always be predisposed to pop back into the taco position.
While you can’t always avoid damage to your bike wheels, you can be prepared. In addition to knowing how to fix bent bike wheel and straighten it out, travel with the necessary tools for removing a tire. You should also have extra tubes on hand, so if you pop your tube straightening out the wheel you can replace it.
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