Learn a simple but effective way of straightening out a bent bike wheel to help you get home
In this video, we will learn how to fix a bent wheel when out on a ride without the appropriate tools.
Bent wheel rims, sometimes called pretzeled, tacoed or buckled wheels, don't have to put an end to your ride altogether, but you will have to replace the wheel as soon as you can.
The key steps are, locating the bed, straightening out the bend, and testing the wheel.
Remove the bent wheel.
Refer to our video: "Puncture Repair: How to Remove Front or Rear Wheel of a Bike" to learn how to do so.
If the bend is not too obvious, hold the wheel axle and turn it to help you locate the bent area.
Find a suitable lever to bend the rim in the opposite direction.
This could be by wedging the wheel between two trees.
Or use a rock and your body weight to bend the wheel back in the opposite direction.
Here's another tip: Holding the wheel firmly in the both hands, hit the bent area of the rim against a solid surface.
You'll need some brute force here! Hold the wheel at the axle and spin it to check that it spins as straight as possible.
Note that you may have to loosen or disengage your brakes so that the wheel can spin freely so ride with caution!
See our video on how to adjust your brakes for more on this.
You know how to straighten a bent wheel out on the trail.
Enjoy your ride!.