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Old 08-07-19, 03:39 AM
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Wheel revamp

In my bike restoration project, I want to share the wheel revamp. The wheels looked like this:


And after loads of elbow grease, it looks like.


Amazing what metal polish can do. Not fully satisfied though, I should have fine sanded some parts of the rim (still has some marks/dents in it).
I guess it would be a better revamp, if I where to replace the spokes and then be able to clean the entire rim and hub even better. However, I never build a tire, and that looks quite complicated.

Meanwhile, while I'm at it, should I replace the (1 cm wide) rim tape? Any suggestions?
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Old 08-07-19, 03:42 AM
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Great job!

I'd put some new Velox tape on them.
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Old 08-07-19, 04:31 AM
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I have a big roll of gorilla tape, so gorilla tape is what most rims get. Unlike rim tape, gorilla tape is also useful for other things.
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Old 08-07-19, 07:07 AM
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Nice job. Did you open up the hub and get new grease in the bearings? Simple job and it's much more important than polishing the rims.
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Originally Posted by dieterpi View Post


Amazing what metal polish can do. Not fully satisfied though, I should have fine sanded some parts of the rim (still has some marks/dents in it).
I guess it would be a better revamp, if I where to replace the spokes and then be able to clean the entire rim and hub even better. However, I never build a tire, and that looks quite complicated.

Meanwhile, while I'm at it, should I replace the (1 cm wide) rim tape? Any suggestions?
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Great job!

I'd put some new Velox tape on them.
+1, that looks great! Velox makes a 10mm tape that would be perfect.
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Old 08-07-19, 09:10 AM
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New rim tape? Yes, absolutely! This rim tape, used and old, was still pliable when I assembled the wheels. Two years later, the tape had hardened to become brittle and started cracking up inside, eventually puncturing an inner tube. This is what that old rim tape came out looking like...


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Old 08-07-19, 09:14 AM
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Originally Posted by dieterpi View Post
In my bike restoration project, I want to share the wheel revamp. The wheels looked like this:


And after loads of elbow grease, it looks like.


Amazing what metal polish can do.
Are pics 1 & 2 different wheels, or did you polish so much the hub is now much narrower? If the latter, I'm impressed!
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Originally Posted by tiger1964 View Post
Are pics 1 & 2 different wheels?
Looks like the rear and the front.

Originally Posted by dieterpi View Post
However, I never build a tire, and that looks quite complicated.


Yes, leave that to the pros.

But a wheel, on the other hand, is pretty simple to rebuild with the aid of Sheldon's wheel building page.
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Old 08-07-19, 06:51 PM
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I use oil-soaked steel wool (0000 grit) to clean and polish the spokes.

Surround the spoke with a small ball and rub along the length of the spoke. Then, move to the next one.
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Originally Posted by TenGrainBread View Post
Nice job. Did you open up the hub and get new grease in the bearings? Simple job and it's much more important than polishing the rims.
I opened up the hubs and changed the grease and the bearings. Also changed from solid to a hollow axle to be able to work with quick release handles.

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Are pics 1 & 2 different wheels, or did you polish so much the hub is now much narrower? If the latter, I'm impressed!
I haven't got that much elbow grease ;-)

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Yes, leave that to the pros.
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No rubber harvest for me ;-)

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I use oil-soaked steel wool (0000 grit) to clean and polish the spokes.
Surround the spoke with a small ball and rub along the length of the spoke. Then, move to the next one.
Good idea! I changed my method for polishing the rear rim. First wet (WD-40) sanding with 400 then 600, 800 and stopped at 1000 grit. Then using metal polish to get the shine. Works faster then before, but perhaps sanding further with finer grit would be even better.
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@SurferRosa I'm always ready to hear some expert advice on tire building. It's an area where I admit I have very little experience.
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I use aluminum foil to clean spokes. If the wheel is disassembled, the foil also works to clean spoke hole eyelets. And, no fear of leaving any steel wool fibers to oxidize. Just crumple the foil, shiny side out, then rub the spoke. This works on steel, plated steel and chrome plating.
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