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Cracked Rim = Bummer!

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Man, yesterday was a great day. My wife finally let me to the track after our son was born about 4 weeks ago! Beautiful weather down here in KY too. I put about 3 hrs of seat time in!

Got home, was washing my bike, and...bummer! My rear rim was cracked! Man, I've never had this happen before. It really sucks, b/c I did notice a couple of loose spokes after my last ride. So, I ordered the double-end motion pro spoke wrench 6mm/6.3mm (sizes per manual), but when I went to tighten things up, I soon realized that my nipples in the rear were 6.5's!

Obviously, I don't want this to happen again. The only thing I think I could have done better was to tighten the spokes. Other than that I'm kinda stunned. I've let rims get really sloppy (young and stupid) and never had one crack. Now I'm a maintenance freak.

Anyway, the track I ride is pretty hard packed. Maybe that had something to do with it?

BTW, if anyone's got a clean stock rim they want to get rid of, please let me know.

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