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Old 06-29-07, 10:22 AM   #1
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40 spoke rims and wheel rebuild

Just lost the rear rim on my 92 Santana Rio. Spokes appear to have pulled and torn the alloy. Hub, Freewheel and Drum brake seem ok. I'm looking for an economical repair and am having trouble locating 40 spoke 26" rims. Any suggestions for rim suppliers or for inexpensive wheels? The Tandem has many miles on it and really needs a complete rebuild to restore it to its original condition so it doesn't seem to make sense to pour alot of money in it when the low end new ones are only around $800.

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Old 06-29-07, 10:52 AM   #2
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Long URL, but here's a search with some 26" 40h rims ~$50
http://aebike.com/page.cfm?PageID=30...nsearch=Search
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Oh, just one of the advantages 40H rims and *160mm* spacing!???
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Velocity AeroHeat with machined sidewalls...
http://aebike.com/page.cfm?PageID=30...ils&sku=RM4479
http://www.bikemannetwork.com/biking...MMTNVEL/RM4479

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If you can get them- Rhino lites are a popular Tandem rim
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Oh, just one of the advantages 40H rims and *160mm* spacing!???
Do you ever stop bashing? Two posts in the last week. Sorry that you cannot actually stop to help anyone.
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If you can get them- Rhyno lites are a popular Tandem rim
Shouldn't be too hard. 40 hole Ryno Lites are in the QBP catlogue and I even checked stock and they're available. Relatively economical too. Most any LBS should be able to order one for you.

Rhyno Lites are very tough but not the easiest rim to mount a tire on. If all of your riding is on the road they might be a little overkill.
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Do you ever stop bashing? Two posts in the last week. Sorry that you cannot actually stop to help anyone.
along with tandem geek, zonatandem is the most helpful here as he has more experience than the rest us put together. the vast majority of his posts are informative and positive. he's allowed to be funny (or try to be funny depending on your opinion, lack of a sense of humor, etc) once in a while. i thought it was funny
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And I thought I was being funny usng 130mm spacing with 700c wheels and 36 spokes. Anyway, I agree with Zonatandem's take on 40-spoke wheels and 160 spacing, but more from the perspective that Santana tends to seriously overbuild its tandems. But then, my tandem carries no racks or bags.

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Santana tends to seriously overbuild its tandems.
OP wants to know how to get his failed rear wheel fixed cheaply. Telling him that it was overbuilt in the first place, even if true, simply isn't very helpful.
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Shouldn't be too hard. 40 hole Ryno Lites are in the QBP catlogue and I even checked stock and they're available. Relatively economical too. Most any LBS should be able to order one for you.

Rhyno Lites are very tough but not the easiest rim to mount a tire on. If all of your riding is on the road they might be a little overkill.
Have to admit that my riding is offroad- but MY feeling is that I wouuld rather use overkill on weight and strength on wheels- than have a wheel fail on me at speed. Now as to the mounting of tyres on the rhino lites- That is a tight rim.

I used the rhino lites and could not destroy them- they were good but 2,000 miles of Offroading with V Brakes and the brake area got too thin for comfort. Now have disc brakes.
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Have to admit that my riding is offroad- but MY feeling is that I wouuld rather use overkill on weight and strength on wheels- than have a wheel fail on me at speed. Now as to the mounting of tyres on the rhino lites- That is a tight rim.

I used the rhino lites and could not destroy them- they were good but 2,000 miles of Offroading with V Brakes and the brake area got too thin for comfort. Now have disc brakes.
You make a valid point.

Incidentally, I wish that I had said this earlier, but I think that you'll get a whole lot better bike by spending $800.00 to refurbish and upgrade a '92 Santana Rio than you will spending the same nmoney on a new entry level tandem.
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