Pro-Bono Demolition Hobbyist
- Jul 24, 2004
I get a lot of bent rims on bikes, and found a guy in Santiago that does nothing but repair bent and broken car rims, something unheard of in the states except for megs-spendy custom and antique rims.speaking of tires; we were following some visiting friends who had a rental car. They hit a pothole (hard) and had a flat so we took the tire to a repair guy but when he removed the tire he showed us the rim had cracked. Oh no! But I had a mechanic friend in town so we took it to him and he in turn ushered us to the heliarc welding guy who fixed the rim (and pointed out that it had been welded three times before and the crack he was repairing was in an old repair weld. In the real world, the visiting friends would have been on the hook with the rental car company for a new aluminum wheel rim and a new tire, but doing it the Dominican way, we were back on the road in under two hours for only 500 pesos. Not to say the next car renter will have a trouble-free experience - but who am I to protect anyone from their own chance at high adventure?!