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    Steel is real, baby! frpax's Avatar
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    Need new rims... any help/ideas?

    So I am building an old '71 Triumph Sportster into a daily commuter. It has old, non hook style 26" x 1 3/8" rims; but the new tires need hooked rims in order to inflate to the pressures I want to run. So, I need new rims. I'm not overly keen on running new style 26", mountain bike rims. I'm also OK with running something more modern and not "period correct".

    Any ideas?

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    Sun CR-18 comes in a 26 x 1-3/8" (590mm) in 32, 36, and 40 hole drillings. If the original hubs are still in good shape lace them up to a set of those.

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    redxj answered your question. I got three set of wheels with Sun CR-18 in ISO 590mm. You can get them for roughly $30 a piece and then put any of a multitude of tires on them. I use Schwalbe Marathons/38mm wide, but these are more money than the rims. Michelin World Tour is $10-15.

    The look is highly polished, with a slight tombstone profile and machined brake surfaces. Could be worse, but not entirely classic.

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    Steel is real, baby! frpax's Avatar
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    Perfect! I'll see if my LBS can get me a pair.

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