Ask A Mechanic: How to check and reduce rim wear?

rimwearThe rims of your bike’s wheels are one of the more likely things you’ll have to replace – possibly during a tour.

To save difficulties during your bike trip, make sure your rims are in good shape before you set out.

In this week’s Ask-A-Mechanic, Paul Gibson of British framebuilders Ellis Briggs dishes out information on how to tell if your rims might need replacing soon and how to make them last longer.

Read more about checking for rim wear and making your rims last longer – the latest in the Ask A Mechanic series.


  1. Ray Swartz
    8th March 2010 at 4:28 pm #

    In the picture with this article, you show a rim. It would be more helpful if you showed a rim with the wear indicator so people would know what to look for on their own rims.

  2. friedel
    9th March 2010 at 8:15 am #

    Your wish is my command, Ray 🙂 You’re right, the picture wasn’t the best. I didn’t think we had one with a rim wear line but then Andrew reminded me that we did have a picture so I’ve put it up now. Thanks!

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