Bicycle Mechanics - Replacing old rims but not changing out old cassette?
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I have a classic 10 Speed 1977 Golden Sport Zebrankenko that I want to keep original as possible however need to replace the rims as they're true but badly beaten i.e. rusty and scraped up. Not sure where to find old style rims that fit the 5 speed cassette, anyone?
07-29-09, 02:41 AM
Rims dont particularly care. Just matche the spoke # size on a new rim (to your old hub if youre reusing) and youre ready to roll. Remove the freewheel before debuilding the wheel.
You have a freewheel, not a cassette.
Like operator said, you can keep your hub, and your 5spd freewheel, and simply lace a new rim on. You could also find an older wheel in good shape and swap that on.
07-29-09, 07:31 AM
Easiest way to install a new rim is to tape it next to the old one. Loosen spokes nipples on original rim all around. Then remove one by one and transfer to new rim. This prevents the time-consuming process of lacing up and getting the crosses correct. Also don't need to worry about removing freewheel/cassette. Just make sure the left/right spoke-hole orientation is correct on the new rim when you tape it on.
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