I don’t care to write posts like this. You know, posts about equipment failing. It happens. It’s part of being a cyclist. Stuff breaks. I expect it to happen on my older bikes. When it happens on my newest bike. The one with less than 3,000 miles on it. All I can do is scratch my head and wonder, “What the heck”?
As I was getting the bike ready to go for the New Years Day ride last Friday I noticed this:
A split in the side of the rim. It’s even worse then it looks in this picture. It goes completely around this side of the rim. I’ve seen my share of split rims. But those have all been on rims with rims brakes. After a few winters of sand and salt and trying to stop at the bottom of Duluth’s hills, rims wear thin and split. That’s why I switched to disc brakes for this newest commuter bike. No more worn out rim sidewalls. WRONG! Ironic isn’t it.
If you look back at my post from last week called “Sore Fingers” you’ll see I mentioned these were the hardest rims to get tires onto I’ve ever owned. My thumbs were raw by the time I got the bead of the studded tires all the way onto this rim.
I’ve notified the manufacturer of these rims by email. I haven’t heard back. But if all they can offer me is a replacement rim I’ll say no thank you. I’m done with these rims. I went to my LBS today and ordered a new set of rims from another manufacturer. When they come in the shop will lace up both wheels for me. I do all my own maintenance with a few exceptions. I don’t do wheels. I’ve built one wheel myself in a class with an instructor looking over my shoulder 6 or 7 years ago. The process still scares me. I’ll leave this to the experts.
I’ve been riding the bike with the rim like this. Hoping it doesn’t blow out on me. The bike shop owner told me to stop riding it. I rode it home and parked it. It’s permanently down until the new wheels are built. URF!