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Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 01-06-10, 11:26 AM   #1
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Wooden rims strong ???

Strong and reliable for road cycling ?
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Old 01-06-10, 11:33 AM   #2
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I accesed a real interesting web blog from a guy who was selling wood rims.

The clincher rims have straight sides so that seriously limits how much air pressure you can safely use. The rims are about double the price of a good quality aluminum rim and the seller charges $100.00 for wheel building because they are harder to tension evenly and true. There's also an issue with using rim brakes.

I don't think that I'll ever have the necessary experience to answer your question. They sure are pretty, though.
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People raced on wood rims for at least 50 years.
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In the 1930s wood rims was the TdF rule, but somebody had al rims painted to look like wood and won. After that they changed the rules and everyone started using al rims.
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In this old usenet thread, Jobst Brandt says "I've ridden plenty of wood. Leave it in the museum." and "There are other serious structural reasons for not using wood rims." Though he doesn't elaborate on what those reasons are.
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People raced on wood rims for at least 50 years.
We also had slaves do our work for us, but that doesn't mean we should go back to that.
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we also had slaves do our work for us, but that doesn't mean we should go back to that.
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Guy I know that used to race track had a pair of oak wheels. He'd only use them for fun, but he still loved them.
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From Sheldon Brown

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gloss_w.html#wooden

"In many ways, wood is an ideal material for bicycle rims, and most bicycles in the early part of the century were equipped with them. They are light, strong, and resilient. Wood rims are not suitable for "clincher" tires, but worked well for other types.
Wooden rims went out of style for road bicycles when rim brakes came in, but continued to be use on the track well into the '40's. They were eventually outlawed for competition because of their dangerous failure mode: When a highly-tensioned racing wheel with a metal rim was damaged, it would fold up, but it would stay together. Similar wood-rim wheels, when overstressed, would suddenly turn into a cloud of sharp, dangerous splinters."
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The best. I've gone retro I use wagon wheels the only way to go.
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set of these on a vintage bike would be sweet.

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orginal R*Sys wheels...



They made it through some pretty nasty "roads"
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The best. I've gone retro I use wagons the only way to go.
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We also had slaves do our work for us, but that doesn't mean we should go back to that.
We still do. Bought Nike shoes lately?
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"I've ridden plenty of wood.
I don't know if I can let this go. (Biting tongue)
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got wood?

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I accesed a real interesting web blog from a guy who was selling wood rims.
http://wheelfanatyk.blogspot.com/
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Great, you people...
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