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Old 07-01-13, 07:03 AM   #1
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got a question

i am getting ready to take my bike apart and send it to get powder coated but i have a question. if i powdercoat the wheels how does that affect the braking?

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Old 07-01-13, 07:19 AM   #2
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Old 07-01-13, 08:30 AM   #3
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dont powder coat the wheels or it doesnt affect the braking?
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Don't powdercoat the wheels. It can easily mess with your tolerances and seals. Im hoping you meant just your rims and not hubs. Your front hub might survive but if your rear hub is a flip flop or anything like that, the free wheel mechanism will be ruined.

EDIT: plus if you do the time, it'll wear off within a week of using your breaks.
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Considering your post isn't very specific - if you're thinking of powder coating the wheels without disassembling them, it's a stupid idea. Braking will only be affected until the powder coating wears off.
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Don't powdercoat the wheels. It can easily mess with your tolerances and seals. Im hoping you meant just your rims and not hubs. Your front hub might survive but if your rear hub is a flip flop or anything like that, the free wheel mechanism will be ruined.
Because removing a freewheel is pretty hard.

At any rate, it's a stupid idea.
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i am planning on taking the entire bike apart. which is the frame, fork, crank, wheels. i am also replacing the front hubs and spokes while doing this little project. so was asking if i should powdercoat just the rim without the hub and spoked since they are going to be replaced.
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Too much trouble. I'd probably just buy new wheels.
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Speaking as someone who bought a bike with painted sidewalls, don't do it. I've got orange paint all over my brakes and tire, and my brakes squeal like a mofo. If you're wanting colored rims just buy them with machined sidewalls.
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