What Wheel I Do

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Pierce
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So I have an old 80’s Caliente that I paid $20 for and have been loving ever since

Unfortunately, the original wheels were rusted and steel, so I sought out something less corroded

I ended up buying a… $45 wheel from Kraynick

I knew Gordon had one of these wheels and they sucked for him, but I thought because I probably weighed significantly less than him I would be okay. I failed to consider that I probably carry the difference in weight in my panniers. I also failed to consider that there’s no way a new wheel that costs $45 isn’t going to suck

So I now have a wheel that’s served me well, but continues to break spokes and the rim is about as sturdy as a piece of aluminum foil

The rear wheel is spaced for 126mm.

I’m thinking I could replace it with this:

http://store.velo-orange.com/index.php/components/wheelsets-rims-hubs/complete-wheels/grand-cru-freewheel-rear-wheel-126mm-700c.html

Alternatively, I could buy spokes and a rim, use the hub on the $45 wheel, and build a wheel

I could also buy some 126mm hub off eBay or somesuch

Alternatively still, I could send the hub (or another 126mm hub) to Peter White and see if he’d play ball with me. Last time I spoke with him he told me to buy a new frame :)

Lastly, I could contact Marty Slaughenback and see if he’d build me a wheel; he lives on the North Shore

So, what do the masses think? I could spend $1000 on a new touring bike, but why do that when my $20 Caliente has the same functionality and its only weakness is the wheel(s), which I could replaced for $200? max


wsh6232
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I would just go for a modern wheel spaced at 130mm. Steel is flexy…the two mm difference on each side of the drop-out really shouldn’t compromise the frame at all. Most importantly, Sheldon says it’s okay: http://sheldonbrown.com/frame-spacing.html


dmtroyer
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enter the jono hub

in all seriousness, seems like an opportunity to find a decent used hub and have fun building yourself a wheel.


cburch
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Or you could go to thick and order a rim and have them build you a new wheel or two.


Pierce
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For some reason I was thinking of Dirty Harry’s…

Who’s the wheel builder at Thick? For some reason the name Chris seems to ring a bell. Thick’s location is pretty convenient for me


Ken Kaminski
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Buy a new wheel with a 130 mm hub. Its the fastest, easiest way to get that bike where you want it. Save the wheelbuilding for a project bike.


cburch
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I always have Larry build my wheels but Chris or only of his mechanics are all more than capable.

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