Sorry, here is another slightly stupid question.
I made the mistake of buying one (1) used rim and building it into the rear wheel of this project kid's bike, blithely assuming it would be no problemo to find a matching rim for the front.
So, tell me how "mismatched" front and rear rims can be, before it would bug you to distraction.
The rear is an old NOS Matrix Mountain rim, 26" (559mm), just 20mm wide at the braking surface, silver, 36 hole. It is for a kid-sized road bike - the 559mm size fits the little frame and will take a nice narrow tire (I bought 26" x 1.25" road tread tires).
The closest I can find is a Sun Ringle CR-18 in 26" (559mm), also silver and 36 hole, but a bit wider at 22mm wide, and not identical in cross-section, though pretty close. I'll remove the stickers from both rims. I can use a buffing wheel to polish both rims to make the texture/polish level look pretty similar.
I'm thinking this will be good enough, and preferable to hunting for months for a matching Matrix Mountain rim.
You agree? Or have you built bikes with mismatched rims and regretted it?
(I know, this is an aesthetic point. Maybe I'm being way too superficial.)