Questions about refurbishing a bicycle?

Discussion in 'General Bike Discussion' started by Terri, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. Terri

    Terri Guest

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    I bought a old road bike with new tires. The guy I bought the bike from also gave me the original rims, but there's a lot of spoke damage. There a little rusty too. How many spokes do I need and would it be worth the trouble to refurbish them? Has anybody ever built there own Rims?
     
  2. zenloki

    zenloki New Member

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    you can always have the rims re-chromed then re-spoked. did this with a tandem a few years back and they turned out great but I was after an original restoration.
     

  3. teambean

    teambean TeamBean84

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    The answer actually become a series of questions.
    What are you planning on using the bike for? Commuting, recareational, performance training...?
    How much are you looking to $$$$, and what is most important, cool factor of original or performance?
    Original is cool and reusing cooler, but I just finished a project where the wheels were not salvagable and since wheels are so important had to save them for an art project.
    I would consider taking them to a trusted local bike shop with the ideas of what you want to get a good idea of what you are looking for.

    You can rebuild them yourself but this is a long process and you will likely need some advice/assistance from your local shop.
     
  4. cbman

    cbman gnar! gnar! gnar!

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    As far as building a wheel set, it's actually easier than I thought. I looked up a video on youtube of how to build a rim and followed the instructions. It went much smoother than you may think. The hardest part is truing the rim, but it's worth saving the $ if you can do it yourself.
     
  5. photosbymark

    photosbymark New Member

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    the question is are you doing an original restoration?? If so it would probably be the right thing to do. It may or may not make sense economically. If its a rider, then Id still hang onto them in case you wanted to do them later, but I probably would just ride the ones on there.
     
  6. worthlees

    worthlees Senior Member

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    super fine steel wool & baby oil works wonders on rusty parts. found baby oil frees up
    rusty parts , even shift cables frozen at exposed ends. easy on the hands & smells good. word of caution , it's slick as ice on tools.lol!
     
  7. whyeyebike

    whyeyebike New Member

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    Sounds like if the money isn't an issue, you have a good project. I have a set of old wheels that I put aside to rebuild. They aren't a set of wheels I am currently using, so if I screw them up; its no loss to me.

    If you end up rebuilding them, keep us posted on your progress.