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Old 04-22-08, 11:39 AM   #1
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Vintage clincher rims

I was looking at a track wheelset someone locally is selling. The wheelset is unused but built up from deadstock vintage (1980s) hubs and Campy clincher rims. I was wondering about riding clincher rims this old, even deadstock ones -- I've heard old clinchers aren't nearly as strong as modern ones, though heavier. I'm wondering if it's a bad idea to ride these. I would be using this wheelset on the street, not the track. Anybody have any experience or knowledge of this?
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Ride them.

Check the Classic and Vintage forum; they'll give you good info.
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Ride them.

Check the Classic and Vintage forum; they'll give you good info.
OK, thanks very much
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what hubs are they?
Hub technology as far as loose ball hubs hasnt changed much since the 80's, and rims probably wont make a huge difference. I ride a set of wheels from the 80's on my road bike and they were basically NOS when I got them and they are awesome.
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I ride '80s rims on 2 of my bikes and they are still going strong
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what hubs are they?
Hub technology as far as loose ball hubs hasnt changed much since the 80's, and rims probably wont make a huge difference. I ride a set of wheels from the 80's on my road bike and they were basically NOS when I got them and they are awesome.
They are Campy Record hubs
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They are Campy Record hubs
if you dont want em you should hook a brother up.
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Well they ain't cheap!

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if you dont want em you should hook a brother up.
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I've got some Wolber road clinchers that are probably early 90's. I've punished them and they've held up flawlessly.
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I run wire ons and run older hubs like Normandy's, Sansin, Suzue, and love em all.

I have some SW Weinmann's on Normandy high flange hubs that live on my Peugeot and they have been pounded for 5000 plus kilometres without needing to see a spoke wrench (I re-tuned the already built wheels). They are really quite light, beautiful, and for a 150 pound guy, plenty strong enough.
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Old clinchers did not always have the little ledge on the inside of the rim that helps to hold the tire bead in place.
Therefore there is a small safety risk as the tire may come off while riding.
I wouldn't ride wheels without this safety feature.
Check the rim before you buy.
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