Ok, this is partly a serious question and partly a rant. You know how bad things are meant to come in three's, well I was unlucky enough today to get the full damn double shot (six bad things!). :evil: This was just one of the six. So this morning i wake up to a flat rear tyre. Not semi flat... i mean rim is sitting on the ground flat. Well that was a bit sudden now wasn't it! I was enjoying my ride home last night but must've just picked up some shrapnel or something irritating. So i got out the bicycle hand pump and got it up to ~20 psi, then hobbled it 300m to the service station and put it up to 40psi for the journey across town to get it repaired. Got there and was told that the tyre was unrepairable as it was too low on tread. I got a little miffed at that as it still had about 2mm above the tread wear indicator... and especially for a Diablo Strada it was in ok condition. Yeah, i needed a new one in about a month or two but intended to hold out till summer had arrived before getting some fresh rubber. Begrudgingly agreed to get a new rear tyre as they had a Metzeler M3 in the right size sitting on the shelf... and that was what i had intended to fit when i replaced the old M1's for the Diablo Strada's. Anyway, so rocked up late that afternoon to pick up the bike with the new rear fitted. Settled the account and saddled up to get going. Headed into the city and parked to meet up with the missus. Arrived, parked, and as i was taking off my helmet i was checking out the new tyre... then i noticed it. Bloody huge scrape marks along the rim where the paint had been chipped off! These are about 1" or so long, and there's about 3-4 of them on each side of the rim. I'll post pics if it's in doubt as to the extent of the damage, but i'm really just after a few opinions and some feedback. Is it normal to expect a few scuffs when changing a tyre? Is it possible to change a tyre without scuffing the rim? Should i be as stroppy as i am about the extent of the damage? Should i just get the paint stripper out and polish up the outer rim? Anyone else ever had this happen to them before? Advice?