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Old 07-26-09, 10:23 AM   #1
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coloured rims?

how do coloured rims keep their colour, wouldnt it all scrape off when i change a tire? or is it dyed into the metal?

Do people ever color their rims and how?
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Old 07-26-09, 10:29 AM   #2
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Up North we quit making the distinction in the 60's. However, I was just in Atlanta and they still talk about it.
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how do coloured rims keep their colour, wouldnt it all scrape off when i change a tire? or is it dyed into the metal?

Do people ever color their rims and how?
The old way was to anodize the rims.

Here's a link that explains:

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/brandt/anodized-rims.html

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In my experience (which admittedly isn't recent), any kind of coloring either wears off fairly quickly or is so hard it affects braking performance. There may have been changes in the technology, though--I haven't tried them since the '80s.
There's a fairly active low-rider show-bike culture here, and the kids who build those bikes dye their rims all kinds of colors with all kinds of substances, from paint to homemade anodizing solutions to things like mercurochrome (an old, hot-pink antiseptic). But those bikes are only displayed, not ridden.
Some cruiser riders here paint their rims, too, and because they have coaster brakes, that lasts pretty well. wouldn't work with rim brakes.
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In my experience (which admittedly isn't recent), any kind of coloring either wears off fairly quickly or is so hard it affects braking performance. There may have been changes in the technology, though--I haven't tried them since the '80s.
There's a fairly active low-rider show-bike culture here, and the kids who build those bikes dye their rims all kinds of colors with all kinds of substances, from paint to homemade anodizing solutions to things like mercurochrome (an old, hot-pink antiseptic). But those bikes are only displayed, not ridden.
Some cruiser riders here paint their rims, too, and because they have coaster brakes, that lasts pretty well. wouldn't work with rim brakes.
I have a Nishiki Prestige with bronze coloured anodized rims. The colour does indeed wear off after many several years of braking .

Still, I haven't had problems with braking performance, and I live in rainy Puget Sound.
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The real question isn't how you color your rims but why.
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how do coloured rims keep their colour, wouldnt it all scrape off when i change a tire? or is it dyed into the metal?
My Velocity Aeroheads are powdercoated. The braking surface is machined bare aluminum. It separates the powdercoated part and the bead.

The Velocity web site shows the samples before the braking surface is machined. Here's a photo of my rear wheel showing the machined braking surface and a Gatorskin mounted.

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