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Old 07-20-17, 04:23 AM
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Bike flip/wheel build hack

Hi all,


So I was looking to flip a bike.
And, as pretty much anyone who has tried have discovered, the economical margins in that are small.
And this bike needed a new - or in the spirit of the thing, another - rear rim.
Unfortunately the spokes weren't cooperating with the rims I had available.
Too long for 3X, too short for 4X.
Not even my favourite trick of adding a nipple washer would get the parts into buildable range.
And stacked washers began to feel too silly.
I started thinking:"what do I have around that's thicker than these washers?"
I thought about M5 nuts first, but didn't have enough of those.
Then I though:"what about chain rollers?"
Unless I'm fresh from the recycling center, I always have a discarded chain or two around.
So I split a few links apart, used the rollers as spacers, and the wheel built up as nice as one would ever have wished for.


Not the thing I'd recommend if you're starting from fresh.
But if you have some constraints, as in a no-cost build, or "this has to be finished NOW", then this sems to have worked out just fine.
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Old 07-20-17, 06:20 AM
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I hope the buyer likes rust.
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Old 07-20-17, 06:49 AM
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Originally Posted by AnkleWork View Post
I hope the buyer likes rust.

I hope not. I pulled the rollers from a stainless chain...


But it's a steel frame. Leave outside, and something will start to rust eventually. If that's desired.
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Interesting. Would only work on relatively deep double walled rims though right? Pictures?
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Originally Posted by dabac View Post
I pulled the rollers from a stainless chain...
Sure, and stainless steel with surface wear does not rust, right?
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Originally Posted by AnkleWork View Post
Sure, and stainless steel with surface wear does not rust, right?
Stainless steel doesn't rust, but if its surface is contaminated with iron (steel), there will be rust on the surface. In critical applications, a passivation process is specified for stainless after all the machining, to remove the free iron. Passivation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passiv...tainless_steel
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