Solid bicycle rims?

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Jim H, Sep 19, 2007.

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  1. Jim H

    Jim H Guest

    A lot of members have wheel problems, especially rear wheels. We are most adult sized folks so add that to bicycles going several times faster than they were intended with stresses that were not entered into the equation and we end up with rear wheel failures. Yes this is stating the obvious but not what it's about. Are there any skilled members out there who have built or have considered making a solid style 26" rim? Cnc'd or welded or something that would handle the stresses we put our bikes under. Any thoughts or ideas on this guys?:-/

  2. OldPete

    OldPete Guest

    Cheapest solution is the 12gx36 spoked rear aluminum rimmed wheel from GEBE for $109+ship.
    Staton has a 12gx48 spoked steel rear rim for about $185+ship and it comes with a kill-proof 4 sealed bearing hub. Of the two the Staton would be my choice for over-kill. Wadda'ya weigh? 400# :D
    Staton has a plastic solid spoked 20" wheel. Meh...It is fitted to take their drive sproket.

    Do what I did years ago. Practice building on a junk wheel. Then go for it using quality rims and spokes, like DT or WheelSmith.
  3. Jim H

    Jim H Guest

    Thanks Pete, I have a staton heavy duty and worksman 12ga 36spoke already which work fine... was testing the waters for anyone who has built their own custom wheels. I visited a custom bicycle website where some folks had built their own and a site that sold cnc custom wheels for exorbitant amounts of money. I realize they're out there for purchase but can a regular joe learn to build one for himself is my query.

    RATRODER Guest

    I built 4 of this, wood spook 20" for a buckborad type gokart a few years ago,holding up fine. louis

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  5. Jim H

    Jim H Guest

    Now we're getting somewhere! Would it be possible to do that in steel I wonder? Maybe I'll attempt to braze the rim with large steel spokes and braze a steel hub together or a circle of plate steel?! hmmmm!
  6. I like where this thread is going for I too would desire a solid rear rim with spinners even for that added bling!
    I figure that motorcycles been doing it for years. Maybe bike mags are around the corner.
  7. Dockspa1

    Dockspa1 Guest

    They make mag wheels for motorcycles and they also make some flimsy ones for bicycles. I would like to actually weld 1/4 "x 1" strips in place and then remove the spokes.
    Can that be done without warping the wheel and or bearing plates?
  8. iRide Customs

    iRide Customs Member

    Do a search on Duece Spinner for bicycles. sells them (if they are still in stock).

  9. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Thanks a lot you guys.:rolleyes: Those billit flame wheels are about $300 a whack. You just added $600+ to the cost of my next bike.
  10. OldPete

    OldPete Guest

    Be aware that those are 20" wheels. :D
  11. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    They also sell 24" and 26" on special order, but my next bike has 20" stock. Do you think they can handle lateral stress well?
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  12. OldPete

    OldPete Guest

    Probably... but straightening out a bent wheel can not be done with simple spoke adjustments.

    We all need two bikes. One for warm weather stylin' and another for goat roads. :D
  13. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    My Trek is for the goat roads. The Zoomer will be for styling down the highway.
  14. Jim H

    Jim H Guest

    Those billet wheels sure are fancy with a fancy price...sure would look nice though. That's the idea ; reckon I'll wait till this winter to try something. Thanks for the input folks, let's see what happens.
  15. mickey

    mickey Guest

  16. Now that's what I'm talking about! Now how to mount a happy time sprocket....
  17. mickey

    mickey Guest

    i'm exploring the best way to mount right now

    Thinking that 6 bolt disc mounts on 135mm MTB hubs should all be at the same location relative to the centerline, I bought a schwinn m525, on closeout sale to work with. I'm measuring that now to see how much shimming will be required to align it perfectly with the front sprocket. If my thinking is right it should be the same on every Kings 80 (and others I would hope) and could be transfered to a tery rim later without modification. (after I win one cheap on ebay)

    I'll let you guys know if I get it to work well.