Rim Fixed

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There are many ways a dent in the rim can be fixed, and I'd pondered most whilst considering advice from friends and availability of tools. I was leaning towards using a car jack to push the bend out. However, I was chatting to the owner of the auberge and they suggested just using a hammer. He had a few bangs and so did a mechanic fixing a 4x4 on site. This didn't do much to the dent. The owner said he knew a good blacksmith in town, so he drove me there.

Two men were sat in the sand working when we arrived. One of them had a bad eye, which looked mostly white without pupil. I can't recall what they were working on but it was small size. They looked at the wheel and directed us to a colleague. He grabbed hammers and heavy metal items to place underneath the wheel and started whacking it.

Blacksmith in Atar, Mauritania, working out dent and flat spot on front rim. Blacksmith in Atar, Mauritania, working out dent and flat spot on front rim. Blacksmith in Atar, Mauritania, working out dent and flat spot on front rim. Blacksmith in Atar, Mauritania, working out dent and flat spot on front rim. Blacksmith in Atar, Mauritania, working out dent and flat spot on front rim.

I felt uneasy with every blow and I hoped the rim wouldn't crack. However, the outcome was good. The dent was no longer and the flat spot was almost gone. Impressive. That would've taken me a whole day!

The wheel is by no means perfect, but it should suffice for the time being. I tightened the spokes and put the tyre back on. After not much physical activity in recent weeks, today was tiring!

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