Wood was the stuff to use to make rims back in the day. Light, strong and you were gluing the tire on it so know need of a hook rim. My boss has guite few bikes in his collection with wooden rims. And one sixties Raleigh professional built up with new Record and wooden rims(Some guy turns out a few hundred every year or so for the restorers.) They are made from a laminated hoop) He has to use carbon brake pads or they, the pads, wear out to quick
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I am in the woods and I have gone crazy.