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post #1 of 26 Old 07-15-2008, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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Mt. Hood and a damaged wheel.

Here are a few photos from my day trip to Mt. Hood. All were taken on my camera phone by me, except for the photo of the skinny guy which was taken by a Frenchman on his vacation.

The damaged front wheel happened on Lolo Pass near Mt. Hood. A section of the road was completely missing and I hit a curb-sized hole dead-on at 35.

Any thoughts on the wheel situation are encouraged, I'm assuming I'll be needing a new front wheel?
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Nice pics and nice area. Doncha love it when the highway department can leave a little gap to mess up your day and not have to take responsibility for it? There's places that can straighten that out. I'd probably opt for a new wheel myself. Sorry about that, but otherwise it looks like you had a nice ride.

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None on Ebay at the moment either. I hit that edge so hard I was expecting a blowout. The sound of the suspension crying out for another five inches of travel was deafening!

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You may be able to make an insurance claim if you have full coverage.

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It can probably be straightened but I don't think I would completely trust it myself. I would start looking for a replacement as HondaJim suggested.

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Bummer. Nice pics though.

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Thanks for the great pix!

Don't attempt to straighten the wheel, since it will weaken and could fail later. Replace it with another tough/basic stocker given bad roads.

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dang...beautiful pictures. that place just seems cursed. all those people that get trapped up there and now this.

ditto on replacing. here in wv, you can apply for reinbursement of damages caused by roads. I think they give you some small amount in good faith, but hey every little bit helps.

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Nice pics, good luck on getting a new rim

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dang...beautiful pictures. that place just seems cursed. all those people that get trapped up there and now this.
Yeah, don't forget that The Shining was filmed up at Timberline Lodge too.

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Thanks for the link.

Any members here have a front wheel for sale?

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Great pics - your a lucky guy to live in such georgeous country !

As for your wheel - Id give your local division of highways a call. Tell them of the problem you had and where the pothole is . I know several folks who have had similar things happen and after a call or two they were able to get a new wheel form the state. Plus the spot in the road they hit got fixed so others didnt hae any problems.

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I bent my front in a similar manner quite awhile ago andd had it trued with no issues whatsoever. I've ridden a few thousands miles (much of that spirited) and have had no issues whatsoever.

I would give this shop 2 thumbs up and highly reccomend them.


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I can imagine the extent of damage occurred had a well rounded member hit that pothole. Probably the forks would be toast... Thank goodness the skinny guy was driving!

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I bent my front in a similar manner quite awhile ago andd had it trued with no issues whatsoever. I've ridden a few thousands miles (much of that spirited) and have had no issues whatsoever.

Yep, it may have worked for you , but, since this was done on a state highway, Id want a new one - Plus, even if they did it right, one can never predict when a metal thats been stressed will fail, if it ever does -

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Yep, it may have worked for you , but, since this was done on a state highway, Id want a new one - Plus, even if they did it right, one can never predict when a metal thats been stressed will fail, if it ever does -
Yeah I know....I rolled the dice though.




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Yeah I know....I rolled the dice though.
NEVER roll the dice if you are 2up with a friend or loved one. I've proved Murphy's law too many times, if it can fall apart it eventually will. You have to know if the allow wheel was heat treated or not to allow straightening without weakening. Jeez for just one bill, there's no debate...

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Great pics - your a lucky guy to live in such georgeous country !

Id give your local division of highways a call. Tell them of the problem you had and where the pothole is . I know several folks who have had similar things happen and after a call or two they were able to get a new wheel form the state. Plus the spot in the road they hit got fixed so others didnt hae any problems.
I agree with the gorgeous country statement! That's what keeps me in the NW! I plan to do some mountain rides through OR when I get another bike. You should come up and ride around the mountains in WA; Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. St. Helens are all gorgeous rides too!

As 2ohno mentioned, call around the Dept. of Highways to see if anyone can help you with repairing/replacing your wheel, since they are supposed to be maintaining the roads. I've heard of them helping people out before.

Enjoy the rides!

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Honestly, I should have been more careful while riding Lolo Pass. My speed was kept to a minimum because this is no normal pass, though I didn't expect to hit a curb! Lolo is a virtually unmaintained roadway, most of it is one lane and generally better suited for adventure bikes. I'll be researching new wheel options on my own dollar. Oh well....

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i'd just remove the front wheel and wheelie everywhere. i specialize in the simplest solutions.

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i wouldn't buy a used wheel through ebay unless i knew/trusted the source. everytime i've bought used mc (or auto) parts through ebay they have arrived in worse condition than advertised. there is a reason those parts are for sale... they could have been damaged/repaired, and you have no idea what the true history of the parts is.

occasionally i see parts that are obviously in brand new condition and replaced with upgraded parts, but this is usually reflected in the asking price. when modding a new bike, most people seem to want to keep the original parts that came with their bikes.

a wheel is very important. if you are not willing to repair and ride on your own damaged wheel, why would you feel comfortable riding on a used wheel you don't know the history of?

just be careful...
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Any salvage yards near you? That way you'd be able to inspect the wheel before buying. Glad you got to ride such lovely country, though!

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I bet you rode home slowly!!!

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Nothing in the local salvage yards, at least the three I know of in PDX and Seattle areas. The only wheel I know at the moment is the one on Ebay. Insurance claim puts this under collision, which carries the $250 deductible, so a new wheel still comes in quite a bit more that most used wheels...

What a headache!

Someone has to have one, anybody? Please?

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Nice pics and sorry to hear about the wheel.

Who photoshoped the giant into your pic?

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