Vintage Van Schothorst 18x630 rim (tape and respoke?)
I have a steel Alfira (as far as I know it's from the Netherlands).
The rims are still super shiny, but the inside is very rusty. I want to clean them and get new rim tape, but which width should I get? Would 18mm be ok?
I really like these chromed rims, but is it worth it to respoke them? Could you give me an idea of how much that would be? (taking into account that I would build the wheels). I've already put some money into these bike, more as a labor of "love", because I'm sure I'll never get the money back.
Chromed steel rims brake poorly especially when wet, to the point that I consider them dangerous. I would personally choose braking performance over esthetics every time but it's your call.
Assuming these are single wall steel rims you need rim tape that fits in the spoke channel and that's most likely 10 mm. 17 or 18 mm rim tape is most often for double wall rims.
+1 on dsbrantjr's recommendation. If you never intend to ride the bike, go ahead and rebuild them as display items only. Otherwise replace them with aluminum alloy rims. Steel rims provide lousy braking when dry and dangerously substandard braking when wet.
27"/630mm alloy rims basically come in two flavours: cheap 1.25" single-walled stuff, always in silver, or much nicer 1" rims, often eyeletted and/or hard anodised (dark brownish grey).
New examples of the latter will most likely be hard to find, NOS only I'd wager. 32h may be a bit of a stretch...
The Sun CR-18 is cheap and available in 32 or 36 holes for 27". Fuggedabout the steel rims. There's a good reason they're uncommon these days.
Last edited by 400trix; 04-07-13 at 09:41 PM.
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