Classic & Vintage - Info on Rigida Chromolux rims
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12-28-06, 11:50 AM
Has anyone every heard of these? They came off a early peguot mixte. Not sure of the age, but the frame had serial numbers both on the BB shell and rear drop out.
As for the rims. They read rigida Chrolux Chromage superiuet. The weird thing is they seem more like alloy than steel. They are def lighter and have that dull alloy sound when tapped. But the whole chromage thing throws me. The bike itself did have alloy parts. Alloy normandy hubs and an alloy stem. Everything else seemed to be steel except for the plastic simplex bits.
Fill me in. Thanks.
12-28-06, 12:18 PM
I seen alot of these stock rims on the French and some English Mixtes that I've worked on. They are chromed steel (put a magnet on them) and come out nicely when polished up. Girls love the bling effect. That's the good thing. Bad thing is they rip the hell out of brake pads because of the ribbed sidewalls of the rim. Usually come stock with Normandy or Malliard hubs. I do have a set of French rims right now on a Motobecane mixte that I'm working on that are not these Rigida but begin with an "S" Rims also has a big "S" near the tube valve. Almost looks like the Simplex logo but Simplex never made rims to my knowledge. That's all the info I've got.
12-28-06, 01:21 PM
Thanks for the info. mine have a good amount of rust, so I'm have to see if they are worth salvaging. The chrome doesn't look too horrible thought.
mine have a good amount of rust, so I'm have to see if they are worth salvaging
If they're rusty, they're steel.
My '72 Peugeot UO8 Rigida Chrolux rims have a date code stamped on them. It's a diamond with a 2 inside near the Chrolux stamping in the rim.
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