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.
'''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
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.