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Is this a good wheel for touring and is it a good deal?

Old 05-31-16, 05:28 AM
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Is this a good wheel for touring and is it a good deal?

I had been posting earlier about what type of wheel to get and some people mentioned velocity dyad. I am wondering if you think this is a good deal and wheel for touring on 1994 trek 520.

Handlebars! Velocity Wheel! Fixed rear! Tire
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Old 05-31-16, 07:49 AM
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Spin it. If the wheel spins freely(no drag thru the wheel's full rotation) and it doesnt wobble laterally or have a spot that looks like a bump or a flat spot when rotating, it could be good.
Feel the spokes. squeeze the ones that are parallel to each other and move around the wheel. The spokes should all be about the same feeling. If you feel any that are really easily compressed, that isnt good as the tension is off.


If the wheel's spokes are not mostly evenly tensioned, you can take it to a shop and they will tension the spokes for $10-20. Its not a big issue, typically.


As for the wheel itself- its a good rim, 36H is a good idea to handle excessive weight/stress, and Normandy hubs are still used all over the country/world, even though they are old.
The biggest thing to look for on an old hub(besides if its dented or cracked) is if the hub spins smoothly.
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If the rim is true and the hub is smooth it is probably a fair price. The hub will require periodic maintenance that sealed bearing hubs would not. FWIW, you can buy a set of new dyads laced to xt hubs on eBay for less than $300...
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No , its a fixie/ track wheel .. you need more than one gear , to tour places that have Mountains and Hills..

Trek 520 is not a track frame either , try an 8 speed cassette freehub wheel.
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No , its a fixie/ track wheel .. you need more than one gear , to tour places that have Mountains and Hills..

Trek 520 is not a track frame either , try an 8 speed cassette freehub wheel.
Is it? I thought that the fixie/track wheel was the other wheel up for sale in the ad.
The Velocity laced to Normandy looked like a typical QR 100mm front wheel hub.
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If it's a normandy hub it could have 94mm front spacing and 120mm or 122mm rear spacing so neither of those would match your frame. (edit: noticed the second pic and it looks like a front) The ad doesn't even say if it's a front or a rear so it's hard to say. Dyad rims have a good reputation but as mentioned the wheelbuild might not be good and once you buy it you have no recourse besides taking it to a local shop and then you're out as much or more money than just buying a new wheel. Sometimes people will true a bent rim and it'll be good a little while until a pothole or other impact returns the rim to its bent state. Hard to make that assessment without some experience. I toured a 1000km on a alex dm18 hybrid rear wheel and no issues with it. The hub was a shimano deore and the shop I bought the wheel from had checked it over so it was true and the bearings were adjusted correctly. I made a post in your other thread about checking out a local shop, the in-person advice is part of the reason they are bit pricier but a good shop could probably sort you out for a fair price instead of buying a bunch of random parts on craigslist and then having to take it all to a shop in the end to try and get it to work with your bike.

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I saw a picture with a cog lockring. fixed rear was in the words in the link too..

Normandy Hubs are Decent cup & cone type Whether the cones are un chipped/pitted is Unknown, of course..

I gave a Normandy Track hub to a friend a few years ago..
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Take a look at these for your 520; then compare to other wheels you find.

Handspun Pavement Series 2, Front Alfine Dynamo, Velocity Dyad Black Reflective

Handspun Pavement Series 1, Rear Deore XT, Velocity Dyad Black Reflective

Dynamos are good for touring to charge up your devices during the day, and run your lights early and late in the day.
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