- Is my rim cracked?
- Do I need to replace my rim?
- Do I need to replace my wheel? (See left/first picture).
- If either 2 or 3 is Yes, what's the most frugal way to go about it?
This is the rear rim.
The "cracks" feel very shallow.
The cracks are at different locations on the rim (180 degrees apart).
I bought this bicycle used (2017 Trek FX7.3) last week, and everything else is working perfectly. The seller said that he just had it tuned, and I believe him because the brakes, the shifting, and wheel truing felt perfect. Also, it was very clean. I did not get into any crashes nor drove into potholes. Honestly, I spent 10 minutes looking over the bike before buying it, but I can't remember if the "cracks" were there. I might have ignored them because I was blinded of how perfect everything else felt.
I just checked 180 degrees opposite the valve, and I did see a joint on both sides of the rim. Those were more subtle than the damage found in the 2 pictures.
Referring to the 1st picture, there is a similar damage to the exact opposite side of the rim.
New picture (picture 3) shows the depth of the cut of picture 1.
- Searching the serial number on BikeIndex.org, I found out that the bike was stolen 6 months ago from someone's apartment, and the U-Lock was cut. Good job folks on the investigation!
- Before selling it to me, the seller told me that he bought it 2nd hand during the beginning of summer (around 6 months ago)
- The seller is on offer up and I know his home address. He is still replying to my messages though, and he seemed very friendly.
- The price was good but not amazing ($460), that's why I assumed no theft. And the user profile showed no other sales of bicycles.
- How do I proceed?
The seller provided me with the original offerup link with the original seller of the bike to him. He bought the bike 40 days after the bike was reported as stolen on BikeIndex.org. The original seller was a woman, so was the person from whom the bike was stolen. I still did not contact the original seller, nor I told my direct seller that the bike he sold to me was stolen. I also did not contact the police nor the original owner yet.