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Old 04-18-16, 08:35 AM
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bike rims: painting or getting new wheels?

Hi everyone,

I just bought a second hand road bike with Velocity Aerohead OC wheels built by Paradigm Cycles in california. From what I gather, these are pretty high end wheels.

Now the rims are red, and I dont like the color. I would either paint them blue or black, but I'm worried it would decrease the value of the wheels or will turn out looking bad.

Should I paint them? Or just sell the wheels and buy wheels in a color I like? How much could I get for those wheels on Ebay?

Thanks guys!
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Old 04-18-16, 08:43 AM
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No, don't paint them. They are anodized, and paint will end up looking crappy. Velocity wheels are medium-quality. They're nicer than a lot of OEM wheels, but they're not terribly expensive (unless you think no bike should cost more than $300.) I think the last time I looked, they were just over $400/set.
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Originally Posted by maartendc View Post
Hi everyone,

I just bought a second hand road bike with Velocity Aerohead OC wheels built by Paradigm Cycles in california. From what I gather, these are pretty high end wheels.
Nvm... was thinking of Deep Vs.

I used to run Aeroheads and they are a fine everyday road rim. I've since switch to the A23 which is a slightly wider version.

Sell price depends on the hub. If it's Velocity hubs with a 10 speed cassette body, you'll be lucky to get $200.

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bike rims: painting or getting new wheels?

Just ride them.
Oh, and red rims are faster than other ones.
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Watch where you are Going instead of [OCD?] staring at your wheels .


Maybe add More red accessories annd tape so the wheels rims Match something .

Or re sell the Used Wheels and Git something else.

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Old 04-18-16, 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by imi View Post
Just ride them.
Oh, and red rims are faster than other ones.
Thanks for the responses! Okay so painting is out...

Yes, I am planning on riding them at first, but looking to maybe sell them and replace them down the line.

Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Maybe add More red accessories annd tape so the wheels rims Match something .

Or re sell the Used Wheels and Git something else.
I know, that would be an easier idea to just get more red. But I really don't like the red color with the rest of the bike.. so probably just going to sell.


I don't really have a big budget, so I would probably replace them with an entry level wheel, such as the Shimano RS010, RS11, Fulcrum Racing 7 or similar. Would you notice a big difference in ride quality between those entry level wheels and the Velocity Aeroheads? (I have absolutely no experience with different wheel types. And I don't race, just weekend touring. )

Thanks guys!

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bike rims: painting or getting new wheels?

If I've got this straight you'll be selling a perfectly good wheelset in order to buy inferior wheels when you're on tight budget... because the color?

edit: no-one but you gives a hoot about the color of your bike. I doubt the red is even noticeable when the wheels are spinning

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Old 04-18-16, 12:30 PM
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Originally Posted by maartendc View Post
Hi everyone,

I just bought a second hand road bike with Velocity Aerohead OC wheels built by Paradigm Cycles in california. From what I gather, these are pretty high end wheels.

Now the rims are red, and I dont like the color. I would either paint them blue or black, but I'm worried it would decrease the value of the wheels or will turn out looking bad.

Should I paint them? Or just sell the wheels and buy wheels in a color I like? How much could I get for those wheels on Ebay?

Thanks guys!
They're ~$60 rims. You could buy a pair in a color you like, de-tension your existing wheels, tape the new rims on in three spots, move the spokes one at a time taking the opportunity to lubricate spoke threads and nipple sockets with grease or anti-seize, cut the tape, tension, true, and be happy.
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Originally Posted by imi View Post
If I've got this straight you'll be selling a perfectly good wheelset in order to buy inferior wheels when you're on tight budget... because the color?

edit: no-one but you gives a hoot about the color of your bike. I doubt the red is even noticeable when the wheels are spinning
Yep, pretty much hehe.
I know it is silly, they're perfectly good wheels, but I just don't like the look of the red.

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They're ~$60 rims. You could buy a pair in a color you like, de-tension your existing wheels, tape the new rims on in three spots, move the spokes one at a time taking the opportunity to lubricate spoke threads and nipple sockets with grease or anti-seize, cut the tape, tension, true, and be happy.
Hmmm, thanks for the suggestion, but that is going way beyond my skill level (and toolset)!
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Originally Posted by maartendc View Post
Yep, pretty much hehe.
I know it is silly, they're perfectly good wheels, but I just don't like the look of the red.



Hmmm, thanks for the suggestion, but that is going way beyond my skill level (and toolset)!
That's obvious......
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Old 04-18-16, 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by maartendc View Post
I would either paint them blue or black, but I'm worried it would decrease the value of the wheels or will turn out looking bad.
I've painted some rims for my fixed gear conversion. They came out looking OK but I don't think that I'll ever do it again.

1. Are you planning to disassemble your wheels (my suggestion) or mask around all the spokes?
2. Be sure to use an etching primer for aluminum. I wiped down my rims with vinegar to etch them before priming.
3. What are you using for brakes? Rim brakes will wear a nice neat circle through your new paint in virtually no time at all.
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Thanks Retro grouch, I think I would just mask around the spokes, and mask around the brake surface as well. My bike uses rim brakes. But I don't think I will go the painting route.

Now let me ask this: What is the real-world difference between entry level and expensive wheels? Do you notice the difference a lot between a $400 wheelset and a $100 wheelset? In what way do you notice it? Is it just weight? Or handling? Or will they stay true longer because they are stronger? Or something else?

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Originally Posted by maartendc View Post
Now let me ask this: What is the real-world difference between entry level and expensive wheels? Do you notice the difference a lot between a $400 wheelset and a $100 wheelset? In what way do you notice it? Is it just weight? Or handling? Or will they stay true longer because they are stronger? Or something else?
It's everything and you have to evaluate the wheel as a whole. Simplistic judgments, like counting the number of spokes for example, are almost always wrong. It starts with the metallurgy of the rim extrusion. Every part of the wheel can be made a little bit nicer but at an added cost. At some point you may find yourself making weight vs. durability trade offs or weight vs. aero trade offs. The more that I learn about wheels the more I realize there is that I don't know.
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I being some what practiced at wheel building would simply buy a second set of Identical rims in a color you like

and put the taped together paired 2 rim wheel in the truing stand
systematically loosen the whole wheel, then transfer the spokes one at a Time to the new Rim ,

and then re tension and true it up again


and re sell those red rims to someone else
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Black? Are you an under-taker?
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You can paint them with Plasti dip spray. It is spray on rubber that peels off easily and comes in many colors. People use it to paint lots of things like this. There are even businesses to paint entire cars (do a youtube search). Its great stuff. This way you can change the colors and with you go to sell you can just peel it off. It goes on just like spray paint and you can find it everywhere (walmart, lowers, home depot, etc)
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Oven cleaner can be used to strip off the anodizing.
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