Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Rebirth of an old wheel

I just love wearing out parts and then replacing and/or rebuilding them to be as good or better then new.  My beloved Surly 1x1 had an aging wheelset that was LONG past due for rim replacement.  The rear rim had worn so thin that it was cracking and splitting along the center of the braking surface.  I simply cannot explain how it lasted so long under the use and abuse it's been subjected to.  Since the wheels have matching 1x1 hubs which also match the frame, it makes sense to rebuild the wheel rather then replace it.  I cut the hub out of the old rim and rebuilt it with new spokes and nipples and a new old stock (NOS) Syncros Big Box rim.  It looks period correct, rides great and is stout!  Just the ticket.