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Old 02-17-08, 09:45 PM   #1
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For those who ride and like steel rims

First I'm new to old bikes. I know there's a lot of comments on this board against older steel rims, namely braking and wet weather fun! But what if you have an original wheelset as I do that just polished up like new and just looks great with new Michelin World Tour gumwalls. I'm only gonna ride this bike in dry weather through my own neighborhood just because it's a nice steel retro feel. I think the polished wheels add something to it?

Anyone else out there have well preserved steel rims they choose to ride, and if so what are the benefits of them?
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Old 02-17-08, 09:52 PM   #2
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Yep I got em on a Varsity and also a Raleigh Sports three speed. I agree if you don't ride them in the rain and they look good and what looks better than chromed polished to the nines? Maybe its the redneck in me but I like shiny stuff. The advantage? I don't think they require as much care as alloy wheels and they take a bump better. I had an Schwinn middleweight as a kid and I tried to ride that thing into the ground. It was tough it never broke heck I jumped that thing off dirt mounds and rode it through the woods like they do mountain bikes now
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Old 02-17-08, 11:07 PM   #3
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Well, I have steel rims, I like 'em and I ride them.....

But if anyone offered me a direct trade for alloys I'd be all over it like white on rice!!

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Old 02-17-08, 11:30 PM   #4
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I have the original Araya 36-spoke steel rims on my Centurian and I like them just fine. They're painted the factory champagne color, which I think looks great.
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I have 27" Dunlop Special Lightweight steel rims on my 1950 and 1951 Raleigh Clubman bikes. Here's what the late Sheldon Brown wrote about those: "The steel Dunlop Special Lightweight rims used on the better club bicycles could give the aluminum rims of the day a run for their money."

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My 1972 Raleigh Superbe still runs the original steel rims. I also have them on my beater Sports, but the chrome is shot on those and they have a couple of bad spots in them. Those will get replaced with alloys one of these days. If the original rims are in good shape and the bike is not a daily rider I see no problem at all with using the chromed steel.

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