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November 20th, 2007, 04:25 PM   #1
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Straightening & welding cast road wheels?

Anyone had experience straightening and / or welding cast road bike wheels? Does the aluminium have too much magnesium in it to weld OK?

I managed to put by 'berg into a steel guard rail & put a small kink in one side of the rim flange on both front & back wheels. I think they are salvageable, but the front rim contacted the steel of the rail post & put a tiny crack in it. The rear tyre protected the rim from the same.

I'm not too worried about the appearance, both wheels will need a repaint.

Thanks, BW

PS. I now strongly recommend good shin protection! I found out that jeans don't protect you much from the teeth on the footpegs!!
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RE: Straightening & welding cast road wheels?

Brad, Send your wheels to Laurie Alderton in Smithfield. If he can't straighten them they can't be straightened.

Give him a call and he will probably be able to tell you what needs doing.

Alderton Motorcyle Repairs U2/ 10 Long St Smithfield 2164 (02) 9609 2889
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Thanks heaps for the info Craigy! I had heard that people specialise in straightening them but had no idea who.
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