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Old 11-21-07, 10:05 PM   #1
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Steel wheels

Am restoring a 1977 Schwinn Town and Country and switched out the wheels to get rid of the obsolete Schwinn odd ball sized rims and tires. The only thing available in 24"X 1.75" were steel rims, no alloy.My problem is that I live on an island in the Gulf of Mexico, everything rusts here and quick,so my question is : how to protect them. My thoughts so far are: wax the hell out of them, or maybe some clear lacquer sprayed on them, SS spokes for sure.So what do you think would be the best way to protect them? Thanks!
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Old 11-22-07, 07:56 AM   #2
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Is powder-coating them out of the question? Since the T&C rear is coaster-braked, powder seems like it would be ideal for those wheels. I'm not sure how it would hold up to rim-braking on the front.
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Old 11-22-07, 08:13 AM   #3
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If you had it powder coated you could block off the rim brake surface when they spray it. If you use your front brakes it will rub off the rust anyways.
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Have you considered building a set?
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Old 11-22-07, 08:39 AM   #5
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Town & Country? You're talking about the tricycle, right? Just put a 26 x 1.75 rim w/ stainless spokes on there and be done with it. You might have to rework the fender mounts a bit but it shouldn't be a big deal.
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Looks like there are a variety of alloy 24" rims on the market, based on a quick Googling.
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