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32 spoke rims

Posted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 7:33 am
by Chris Bushell
I am looking at having to rebuild the wheels on two of my pushrod singles, the spokes are just too rusty to be safe.

Now all 4 rims are rusty with peeling chrome and in all reality I ought to replace them.

Now comes the interesting question, does anyone know where I might be able to buy some 17inch 32 spoke WM1 rims from. I would idealy like alloy, so that I dont have to deal with peeling chrome in the future, but otherwise I will have to look at chrome.


Posted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 11:36 am
by wdietz186
Chris, Go to your favorite newsstand and look in an issue of Classicbike.There are many suppliers of vintage rims advertising rims and wheelbuilding services.

Posted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:04 am
by Chris Bushell
Have tried the obvious ones and have yet to find one that can do 32 spoke rims - anyone found someone who has supplied them?

The two main suppliers over here Hagons & central wheel dont do 32 spoke rims.

Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 5:48 pm
by cafe*racer
Chris, check out the Buchanan's website, maybe they can make you a custom rim. The closest thing I found was an aluminum Excel WM0 (1.40) x 17" blank, can be drilled for any hole number and pattern. I have seen this rim in person at their showroom, very high quality. The other option would be to go to a 36 hole WM1 x 17" chrome steel in a Mandap rim. Hope this helps, Jordan

Posted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 2:57 am
by Chris Bushell
Thanks for the tip, it looks like their non-dimpled range may well do it.

I would much rather spend the money on alloy rims than a set of chrome ones, as at least you can polish out corrosion!