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post #1 of 15 Old 09-28-2017, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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Front wheel vs rock, need wheel...

I was riding home last night from work after dark, tired but not sleepy, doing about 60 on a 2 lane road. I saw the large rock in the road, but somehow didn't react to avoid it. I hit it hard with both tires, but especially the front. It was an exhilarating jarring shock, but God had His hand on me and my 2005 Wee remained stable.

The bike felt fine afterward. I wondered about the condition of the wheel, as I have experienced bending a car wheel before when hitting a giant pot hole (I was not driving that time ?). There was no vibration though, and some careful swerves felt normal, so I rode home. Inspection of the wheel revealed the truth .... BENT! Pic to come. Not bad enough to unseat the tire, which is holding air just fine. Whew. Thank God. Rear wheel is fine.

Today I drove the car (not comfortable with the bent wheel) and looked for the rock as I knew exactly where it was. And I found it. Oh my goodness... It's huge. Pic to follow.

So I need another front wheel, posted in the wanted section as well. I was blessed, but it could have been ugly. The fact that I didn't swerve to miss the rock is directly related to my tired state. Be careful and pay attention out there!

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post #2 of 15 Old 09-28-2017, 02:38 PM
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That's a minor bend. It can be fixed. Some places are included at Wheel repairs - Some known places. but there are many more.

The cause of your hitting the rock is know as target fixation. The bike tends to go where you look and you were looking at the rock. In the future, look where you want the bike to go.

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Thanks for the tip GW, I'll check it out. As for the target fixation, I've known about that for a long time and given it a lot of thought over the years. In this case, maybe, but I didn't see it for that long, wasn't fixated per se. I think my reactions were just slowed from my tiredness. But I'll give that some more thought.

In the meantime, since this feels normal and holds air, would you ride on it?

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I would ride on it. If you have any roads with manhole covers around, put some time in on them and practice avoiding the covers. You need to make avoidance maneuvers reflexive so no thought is required, only reaction. That takes a lot of practice to build the neural responsiveness.
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When new riders ask me how I have rode so many miles for so many years with all most no wrecks. Tell them to try to make good habits not bad and take a course. Breaking bad habits is more work than making good ones at the start. Counter is so easy to keep good at by your self and is really good at missing stuff like a rock or pot hole.Do it till you do not even have to think about it.
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Thanks again fellas for the excellent tips.

The tire looks completely normal on the outside. Would you suspect damage inside at the point of impact?
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When new riders ask me how I have rode so many miles for so many years with all most no wrecks. Tell them to try to make good habits not bad and take a course. Breaking bad habits is more work than making good ones at the start. Counter is so easy to keep good at by your self and is really good at missing stuff like a rock or pot hole.Do it till you do not even have to think about it.
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"It's the almost part that has me smiling."

Yeah, the ones I can't remember don't count anymore!

And, yes, you can ride on a slightly bent rim. I did it for years.
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Ride on it; the front rim on my Blackbird looked just like that and I rode it for 1.5 years and 2 front tires, including a track day.

The rock on the other hand...yikes! Did you leave it in the road for others to practice with?

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How did the Blackbird get that way?

Yeah, in retrospect I shoulda gone back and removed the rock right away. I found it this morning on the shoulder.

I've been riding on the street 27 years. Never hit anything like this before, never bent a rim before! Not good,
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