Wheel Rim Failure

When I set off for my ride to work this morning, I could feel that something wasn’t quite right. The wheel rim was catching intermittently when I was braking, indicating that the wheel was a out of true, but during normal riding the bike seemed fine – and so I thought nothing more of it.

That is until I heard a loud bang, and felt my back tire go immediately flat.  Luckily I wasn’t moving at the time, as I was waiting at a red light, so I was able to quickly get off the road and check the damage.  I’ve had a few punctures in the past, but have never heard a tire actually explode. But that’s what happened this morning.

And on inspecting the damage, I could see that it was bad. The metal in the wheel rim had given way, the beading on tyre had been bent out of shape, and the inner tube had shredded.

Wheel Rim Failure
Wheel Rim Failure

My bike mechanic had warned me a few week ago that my wheel rim was showing signs of wear, and had suggested I get the wheel rebuilt – but I don’t think either of us imagined that the rim itself would fail in such a spectacular fashion.

Needless to say, my bike is now out of action, as the whole back wheel will need rebuilding from scratch with a new rim and spokes!  This also stops me completing the 30 Days of Biking, as I have no bike to ride.

Richard Bloomfield

Richard is the founder of Dublin Bike Blog. He commutes to work every day by bike, come rain or shine, on his Dutch city bike. You can read more from Richard on his blog richardbloomfield.ie.

One thought on “Wheel Rim Failure

  • 10 May, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    It’s taken almost two weeks, but I’ve eventually got my bike back. The local bike shop have rebuilt the wheel with a good quality rim that should give me a few more years of trouble-free cycling. It’s so nice to be back on my ride!


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