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Old 09-18-06, 10:34 AM   #1
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Replacing a wheel

Seems a car trying to parallel park ruined my front wheel while my bike was chained to a parking meter
(shame on me, I know). Anyway, the wheel that was ruined was a Wolber Modele 58 Super Champion. I'd
like to replace the wheel without going backward in quality, but I have a couple of concerns. First of all, I
need a 27" wheel - will this be a problem finding that size? (I would think not). Secondly, the bike is rather
old (1985 Specialized Expedition) and has 126mm dropouts. Will that present a problem? (I would think so).
Lastly, if it's possible to get a new wheel of comparable quality in the size I want, what can I expect to
pay?

Lastly lastly, what about rebuilding it? The LBS says it can be done but at a devalued cost. I'm thinking
that maybe it won't be a poor value if all I have to do is replace a rim rather than a whole wheel. Thoughts?

Any help or comments or cool links greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-18-06, 10:45 AM   #2
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If the hub is not damaged there should be no problem rebuilding the wheel with a new rim and new spokes. Not familiar with your rim, just find something similar.
Is there any chance that the rim could be straightened? Is it just bowed or is it crimped?
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If the hub is not damaged there should be no problem rebuilding the wheel with a new rim and new spokes. Not familiar with your rim, just find something similar.
Is there any chance that the rim could be straightened? Is it just bowed or is it crimped?
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I literaly work across the street from the LBS, so first thing this morning I trotted over there. No good. The rim is twisted/distorted beyond repair. And yeah, I am liking more and more the rebuild option.
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