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anyone build a wheel with wood rims?(7 posts)

anyone build a wheel with wood rims?naff geezer
Jan 19, 2002 5:03 AM
every now and then a set of wood rims pops up on ebay and has me wondering "what would they be like?"

any thoughts?
I think about stuff like that too.nee Spoke Wrench
Jan 19, 2002 7:12 AM
But usually only during January and February. Only 62 more days until Spring!
looks fun to megtx
Jan 19, 2002 11:26 AM
I remember seeing those in the 80s. If you have the spare time and money, I say go for it!
not for me, but still curious. waiting for a deep dish :-)naff geezer
Jan 19, 2002 12:16 PM
imagine how many years they would be arguing on this site about the aero effect of a 45mm wood rim wheelset that weighs 940 grams and is only good for a rider up to 150 pounds but has a tendency to catch fire on long descents, let alone with yaw angles, braking surfaces, maplewood or mahogany nipples, shellac or wax, radial or 3X etc etc etc.

at least it settles the tubular/clincher arguement as i have never seen clincher wood rims (or are they the rarest of the rare?).

but seriously, are they a track only item or were they intended for the road?

i just appreciate the idea especialy as i can see it isn't the easiest thin to make and will probably de forgotten in years time unless we all ask how? why? when? who?
maybe build up with disc hubs?gtx
Jan 19, 2002 12:36 PM
yeah, not sure the braking surface is all that great.
wood rims on roadjason in NH
Jan 19, 2002 2:53 PM
we were talking about this exact topic at work yesterday. My boss, one of the best wheel builders in New England, was telling us how in the late 70s and early 80s some euro pros tried riding some light weight wooden rims in the paris-roubaix. He had no idea how they fared, but it was atleast tried.
If they are 32hole I have a great nuvo record track hub for you have me thinking for new wheels for my fixed gear
im not buying - just interestednaff geezer
Jan 19, 2002 4:55 PM
my gut feel is they would be more more suited for a fixed gear with no dishing and no real need for brakes. oh and they are 36 holes.

but in my heart i have dreams of a chrome cinelli fixed gear with a honey colored brooks, cloth tape shellaced and trimmed with twine, fat leather straps and toe clips and wood rims as the only color details. adorning them with a set of clement silks would be a nice touch.

of course if it happened i would get bored and sell it for a great loss as i have with all my other esoteric dream bike projects. im definately a non starter on these but my curiousity is insatiable.

i dont suppose anyone makes them anymore, do they???????????