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Old rims and Campy hubs(3 posts)

Old rims and Campy hubswooglin
Dec 5, 2002 5:07 PM
Sorry to be long winded here, but....

My winter project is to learn to build wheels. To get ready I'm taking apart an old set I've had lying around for the past 15 years. I've always thought the hubs were Records (they have the black c-clamp for lack of a better word), but recently read mention of NR hubs. NR seems more likely given their possible origin. I got them when I bought (used and badly abused) a ca. 1978 Raleigh Competition GS. I don't know if they were original or not. So that's my first question: are there NR hubs and how can you tell the difference from Record hubs?

Second question has to do with the rims. They are 27", 36h Rigidas, but beyond that I don't know. Presumably they have the same origin as the hubs. The only identifying mark is a blue oval sticker (only partially intact on each rim) with white lettering. My question on this is, are 25ish year old rims safe or should I trash them? If they're safe, I'd be happy to give them away to a good home since I doubt I'll be using them. They're anything but pristine and shiny, but they're not worn out in the braking surface either.
re: Old rims and Campy hubswspokes
Dec 6, 2002 4:49 AM
25ish year old rims are perfectly safe. Just check them over like any other part for wear. Great part about rims, I have never seen too many catastrophic failures! The tire holds it together if it would decide to shred apart which I don't think would ever happen. They should be fine!

On another note, I just acquire a set of 30s Connloy rims with about the same age PHilipps and Baylis hubs. I will be building them up when they arrive with new spokes but I won't hesitate to use them. Good Luck in the wheel building!

Thanks for the info!wooglin
Dec 12, 2002 5:28 AM
and the peace of mind. :)