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Old 05-20-07, 02:44 PM   #1
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Machining rims...

I bought a set of non-machined all black iro wheels a while back, and now I wish they were machined...

I've recently been having some knee problems, seems like old injuries are creeping back into my life. I also just want a front brake for some of the hills around here.

is there a way to "machine" a rim? I've been thinking about wire wheels, sand paper, paint removers, and plenty of other methods, but I have no clue as to their effectiveness. if it comes down to it, I'll just buy a new rim, but I'd rather not spend any money at the moment.

so yeah, anyone done this? had success with it? am I just pissing in the wind?
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If you use a brake with your "unmachined" rims, the road grit/water/pads will machine them for you...it just takes time. Seriously, you're fine. Put the brake on and ride.
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that'll probably be the route I go, I'm probably over thinking this whole ordeal.
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ride a hill then decide
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i did, my knee hurt, said to myself, "need front brake"

move along child.
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http://www.rivbike.com/tires/our_approach_to_rims

That little essay is a couple tofu dogs short of a hipster cookout w/r/t the actual metallurgical principles, but it does explain that you can run nonmachined rims with brakes and not worry, though they may well squeak for a while.
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This topic comes up at least 2x/week..
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i mean with a brake
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whoa, pretty cool, thanks for the link
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really? i found no threads on machining a rim, plenty on running brakes on non-machined, but none on machining.
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plenty on running brakes on non-machined
Unless I totally suck at reading, that's what you want to do, no?

The "machining" is the effect of putting a brake on.
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you cant help someone who wont help themselves
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running a brake on a non-machined rim is what I'm going to end up doing, but what I was initially asking was if there was a way to machine a rim, with out having what ever machine rim manufactures use to make a machined braking surface.
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Someone eventually mentions in those threads that your rims end up "diy machined"..but yea.
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true, but it always seemed to have the tinge of "not the best method" behind it.
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glue some 320 grit sandpaper to your brake pads, overtighten the brake cable, ride a mile, then discard the paper. Viola! Perfectly machined rims. Material cost 20
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my buddy who rides trials sometimes dremel's the surface a little bit to enhance braking...not sure if it works but he does it.
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my buddy who rides trials sometimes dremel's the surface a little bit to enhance braking...not sure if it works but he does it.
No knowledge of how friction actually works is harmed in that process
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glue some 320 grit sandpaper to your brake pads, overtighten the brake cable, ride a mile, then discard the paper. Viola! Perfectly machined rims. Material cost 20
instant strength training!
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yeah, my girlfriend had the same problem on with her rims..after a while it just wore off from the brake pads and it looks fine.
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