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    28H year?

    I'm trying to make my new vintage frame build period-correct. Does anyone happen to know which year 28H wheels came into the picture? Mine are 700c.
    I ride with a good, healthy sense of paranoia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1989Pre View Post
    I'm trying to make my new vintage frame build period-correct.
    The C&V Forum may be more appropriate, try re-posting there.

    What "new" vintage frameset precisely are you referring to?
    Pics & serial numbers are required for accuracy.

    What "period" are you attempting to be "correct" to, pre-1940?
    Road or track?
    Front/Rear/Both?
    700C tubulars/clinchers?

    Be specific, post clear close-up pics from as many angles as possible & include accurate barometric pressure.

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    What's "correct" probably depends on your specific bike. Alf Engers was using 24H wheels in the 1970s, for what that's worth.
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    Smaller wheels , need fewer spokes .. my Bromptons have both had 28 spoke rear wheels ..

    older one had a 20 spoke front.


    Does anyone happen to know which year 28H wheels came into the picture?
    what picture, I dont see any thing pictured ?, post those pictures ..

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    i'm sure you'll get numbers that are all over the place.

    why not emulate me? i know i started in 1995, and nobody can legitimately deny it!

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    From what I've read so far, it appears safe-to-say that I should probably stick with 32H, since my F.H. Grubb is reportedly from the 1950's.
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    Bob, by "...the picture", I meant "the cycling scene, in either U.S or Europe".
    If you weren't joking, and are looking for pictures, you can see the frame-in-
    question at: F.H. Grubb Frame Info
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1989Pre View Post
    Bob, by "...the picture", I meant "the cycling scene, in either U.S or Europe".
    If you weren't joking, and are looking for pictures, you can see the frame-in-
    question at: F.H. Grubb Frame Info
    While 28h rims have been available for over half a century at least, they didn't become common on the road until the mid90s or so. Your Grubb would probably have been built with "British standard" wheels: 32h front and 40h rear, as this was standard practice until the early 70s.

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    Thanks, JohnD. Wow. I had not heard of 40H wheels before! That is the information I was looking for. (I was hoping to use some of my unused 28H wheels). I'll have to get a new set-up, so as not to arouse the enmity of the traditionalists.
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    SA 3 speed IGH were common .. sensibly weight bias 40/60 get reflected in the spoke count..

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