Recently I had to replace 4 spokes on my 27' 25 year old aluminium wheel and thanks to the bicycle mechanics forum I realised that I had to rebuild my wheel. Rebuilding would cost me about $75 bucks and since that was a little steep, I decided to look for an alternative if I could find one.
So I searched ebay and found a rear brand new chromed steel rim, bolt on, steel hub wheel for about $40 bucks shipping included. I was second guessing my purchase a lot, but I decided to give it a shot.
Yesterday it arrived and I put it on my bike. It felt a little a little heavier but I thought it was OK for the price.
Then I went out for my usual 35 mile ride...
I was blown away.
First of all, acceleration is a bit slower, but when I get to speed it just rolls. I mean it feels so much different then the previous wheel I had. I don't know how to explain it, but I got this extra inertia or something that made pedalling different and more enjoyable like it wants to be pedalled or something. Just wonderful is all I can say.
Also, there is this part of the road I use that has a lot of bumps and it always made my ride so unconformable that I couldn't help but think about it every time passed it. Well, last night I went through that part and when I passed it I realised that I haven't thought about it for a second. I can honestly say that it reduces bumpiness "a lot". So smooth.
Another thing is the brakes. It is much more effective then aluminium wheel I used to have. Rubber just sticks to the chrome I lot better I guess.
I am just so happy about the move I made that I had to share it with you.