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10 years 3 months ago #30888 by Anne
I have a wheel rim - its actually from a pony cart, but is like a bicycle wheel with wire spokes. The rim has got bent. I have taken tyre and tube and all the spokes off. Who or what sort of a tradesperson should I take it to to get the rim straightened?

Replacement isn't really an option - it is not a standard bike wheel and has more spokes than normal.

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10 years 3 months ago #416088 by Organix
Your wheel sounds similar to the style found on old Jaguars, MGs and the like. Try contacting local vintage or classic car enthusiasts for information. No idea where in NZ you are, but your local council should have a listing of clubs etc.

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10 years 3 months ago #416095 by little red digger
The local bike shop will be able to fix it or advise. It seems the principal is the same as a bike wheel.

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10 years 3 months ago #416100 by Anne
The local bike shop said it wasn't worth repairing and offered to sell me a new pair at $500 each[:0]

Mind you, I could try the other local bike shop too.

The idea of the vintage enthusiasts is a good one - I know a guy who will know someone who could help me.

See - I knew that some one here would know.

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10 years 3 months ago #416102 by Xartep
The Wheelwright at Gladstone in the Wairarapa might be able to help.

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10 years 3 months ago #416103 by The Kats Place
If its a push bike wheel you would have been better to leave the spoke in, thats how they straighten the wheel by loosening and tightening the spokes, If the spokes have been removed then it probably isn't worth the effort/time to repair. You could get a pair of cycle wheels way way cheaper than $500

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10 years 3 months ago #416106 by Crusha
Try your nearest Harness Racing Supply store, the Kids Karts sulkys are all pony sized, someone must have supplies for them.

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10 years 3 months ago #416120 by Anne

The Kats Place;412846 wrote: If its a push bike wheel you would have been better to leave the spoke in, thats how they straighten the wheel by loosening and tightening the spokes, If the spokes have been removed then it probably isn't worth the effort/time to repair. You could get a pair of cycle wheels way way cheaper than $500

Yes, but the hub has to fit the axle on the cart. That's what puts the cost up - it ends up being almost a custom job.

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10 years 3 months ago #416166 by griev

Anne;412828 wrote: I have a wheel rim - its actually from a pony cart, but is like a bicycle wheel with wire spokes. The rim has got bent. I have taken tyre and tube and all the spokes off. Who or what sort of a tradesperson should I take it to to get the rim straightened?

Replacement isn't really an option - it is not a standard bike wheel and has more spokes than normal.

Where are you Anne?

As an ex Cycle mechanic I can often repair many wheels no one else wanted to touch, It wont be perfect, it will work!

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10 years 3 months ago #416266 by little red digger
Please can you put up a photo. Depending on the damage to the rim and spokes I belive I can fix it. We are South Island but the cost of postage each way and a glass of red would sort it.

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10 years 3 months ago #416316 by Anne
I'm near Te Awamutu, travelling to Hamilton daily, so lots of options for places to fix. The rim was chromed and so is now fairly rusty. I'll get a photo and post it in the next day or two. I also have contacts for another bike mechanic and a vintage bike mechanic. LRD and Griev, thank you hugely for your offers, if neither of these two locals can help, I'll get in touch again.

And Griev, not being perfect is fine. This is a training cart for a pony and if the cart is a little harder to pull because the wheel is not true, its actually a good thing.

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