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Are there any chrome steel rims worth saving?

Old 05-09-22, 05:39 PM
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Originally Posted by dddd View Post
Ukai and Araya made some of the finest steel 27" rims, with nice, smooth sidewalls even near the rim joint. I never throw those out.
Dunlop Special Lightweight- rare and well made. The Japanese rims are also goof.
for that Schwinn project - those are specification but once the chrome is gone - no chrome shop will want to touch them.
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Old 05-09-22, 07:14 PM
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I have a couple of pairs of chromed steel UKAI rims (27x 1 1/4 made in Japan) that I believe to be (all things considered) very adequate. One pair will be going back on the 1980 Schwinn LeTour that they came from and the other pair came from a 1989 Schwinn World that was essentially a “donor” bike. They are destined for a “MUP cruiser” that I have dreams of building up. Both sets have Aluminum hubs and QR front and rear. While there is/was some rust, steel wool and elbow grease has been helpful.
Bottom line, while steel rims may not be preferable to aluminum rims, I do, at least, try to rehab the decent ones.
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Old 05-10-22, 05:41 PM
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Contemplating the "anyone you love" statement. My wife's '83 Bridgestone has Araya rims and the chrome is in like new condition. But I can safely bet she won't be riding it in the rain, more than the two blocks to her office or any faster than she could walk the same distance so I think keeping it original will be fine
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Old 05-10-22, 06:04 PM
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didn't read every reply, but if you ask over on thecabe.com, they (old chrome wheels, most any size) would make someone happy.
just sayin......
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Old 05-10-22, 06:30 PM
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I have a pair of Samir Saminox 27" rims here that may get built into a wheelset one day. They're nice enough.

Maybe.

The rain thing - heard it enough. Don't know why it needs to be a mandatory disclaimer anytime somebody mentions steel rims. Is this the CPSC or the C&V forum?
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Originally Posted by bamboobike4 View Post
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I believe those are chrome plated cast aluminum.
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
Dunlop special lightweight steel rims
terrific for a pre hook bead rim
I totally agree! I was going to add them if nobody else did. My Rudge was provided with them as OEM. I'm very impressed with how well that old bead design worked. and what seems to be pretty light weight. I can share the data when I have them unlaced. On mine I'm going to replace with some Modele 58s to get the bike ready for riding in our normal Midwest (rain is real!), but I don't plan to sell off the old rims.
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Old 05-10-22, 08:11 PM
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40H Dunlop Special Lightweight are especially worth saving. And I need one myself. but technically they are stainless steel not chromed.
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Old 05-11-22, 08:21 PM
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Here's what the Dunlop HPs look like. These came from the factory on my early 60's Triumph Sebring 300.


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Came across a nice set of 26 x 1-1/4 (597mm) Dunlop Stainless rims from the late 1940s. Definitely worth saving those!
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Old 05-12-22, 09:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Insidious C. View Post
40H Dunlop Special Lightweight are especially worth saving. And I need one myself. but technically they are stainless steel not chromed.
The examples on my parent's Carlton Catalinas circa 1964 were chrome plated. I was tasked with maintaining them. I have read of the stainless steel versions.
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Particularly in EA1/597mm size.
No I have a set which is fantastic for 630 tires.
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
The examples on my parent's Carlton Catalinas circa 1964 were chrome plated. I was tasked with maintaining them. I have read of the stainless steel versions.
How can we tell the difference?
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Old 05-12-22, 02:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Road Fan View Post
How can we tell the difference?
Magnet?
file or grind the the inside of the rim a bit to note solid or is there plating?
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Old 05-13-22, 10:51 AM
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Are there brake pads that would allow steel rims to be stopped when wet?
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Originally Posted by branko_76 View Post
Are there brake pads that would allow steel rims to be stopped when wet?
I've had versions of these leather surfaced ones for conventional calipers (these are for canti brakes):

https://bankruptbikeparts.co.uk/prod...ther-brake-pad

They were definitely an improvement of standard rim compound.
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Old 05-13-22, 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
I've had versions of these leather surfaced ones for conventional calipers (these are for canti brakes):

https://bankruptbikeparts.co.uk/prod...ther-brake-pad

They were definitely an improvement of standard rim compound.
Thank you. Looks like those would work on Mafac Racer calipers as well
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