A A A
Avatar

Please consider registering
Guest

Search

— Forum Scope —






— Match —





— Forum Options —





Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

Register Lost password?
sp_Feed sp_PrintTopic sp_TopicIcon
wheel building
Avatar
AdrianS
Harlaston Staffs
Top Gear User
Site Member
Forum Posts: 77
Member Since:
August 8, 2014
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
1
January 28, 2019 - 4:22 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

The rims on my D14 are rough; the spokes have been previously poorly painted.

Options are: 

1. leave and just ride the bike

2. clean the wheels up and paint them ( not sure if I would be happy with this)

3. have the wheels rebuilt. Spoke ( pardon the pun) to Central wheels today and they quoted just over £500 to do 2 wheels ( I will get the hubs powder coated by a friend). Thought this was excessive for a Bantam, so, how easy is it to rebuild your own wheels? Never done one before but have replaced spokes and messed with cycle wheels. I can get the bits for 2 wheels for about £270 so a big saving and also if successful the satisfaction of doing them yourself.

Avatar
swalsh58
St. Mary's Bay, Kent
Club Dating Officer
Club Member
Forum Posts: 1259
Member Since:
May 14, 2014
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
2
January 28, 2019 - 4:43 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

That is a stupid amount of money. I had mine done at PW wheels in Kent. It was £160 per wheel for new British chrome rims and anodised spokes, and included rebuilding them too. I thought that was expensive!

They are here, have to be worth a call - ** Please log in to view **

Current bikes......1958 D5, a 77 Suzuki GT250 and a 77 Honda CB125S. I have a 74 Kawasaki S3 400 and a B175 waiting for restoration. A 1980 Honda CB400N waiting for MOT.  Everyday ride is a 2011 Harley Davidson Sportster. 

Avatar
sunny
Norfolk
Top Gear User
Club Member
Forum Posts: 1276
Member Since:
January 9, 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
3
January 28, 2019 - 4:53 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

It's all about the  homework  don't tack a wheel apart until you can check it  with the new rim & spokes  incase they are not correct.. as it happens moor than you would think 

Avatar
AdrianS
Harlaston Staffs
Top Gear User
Site Member
Forum Posts: 77
Member Since:
August 8, 2014
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
4
January 28, 2019 - 4:54 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Thanks

I'll send them an email 

Avatar
cocorico
Central France
Top Gear User
Site Member
Forum Posts: 2970
Member Since:
June 23, 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
5
January 28, 2019 - 8:57 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

You can do it yourself. Try wheel build site:bsabantamclub.com/forum in your browser for all sorts of info on the forum.

1956 D3 running, lights to sort. 7 other bikes in the Barn, 6 runners (when I get time!) and a still in progress Morini 250

Avatar
Mags 1
Northamptonshire.
Top Gear User
Site Member
Forum Posts: 2612
Member Since:
August 24, 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
6
January 29, 2019 - 1:46 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

If you do it properly it's not cheap, if you include skimmimng of hub, new brake shoes and wheel bearings, sand blasting and repainting of hub too...new rim tape, inner tube and tyre.

I did a D7 back wheel rebuild last Friday and it came out quite well, I forgot to put the lacquer paint onto hub before rebuilding wheel though, which was a bit embarrassing.

** Please log in to view **

No amount of 'making do' can equal a 100% full top to bottom job, but of course, this may not be what you're looking for, you must make your own mind up and act accordingly.

Four now on the road and at least several in bits.

Avatar
AdrianS
Harlaston Staffs
Top Gear User
Site Member
Forum Posts: 77
Member Since:
August 8, 2014
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
7
January 29, 2019 - 10:12 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

I think I'll give it a go. Not just for cost reasons but also for self satisfaction.

A friend of mine will blast and powdercoat the hubs for me; I have sourced a set of rims and spokes for £250 ; its not a superbike where everything has to be perfect ( although I will aim for perfection!), and if all else it fails I will have to eat humble pie!

Avatar
cocorico
Central France
Top Gear User
Site Member
Forum Posts: 2970
Member Since:
June 23, 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
8
January 29, 2019 - 11:46 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Good luck! Don't forget to measure the hub / rim offsets before you take the wheels apart, though.

1956 D3 running, lights to sort. 7 other bikes in the Barn, 6 runners (when I get time!) and a still in progress Morini 250

Avatar
GCOBBY
Top Gear User
Club Member
Forum Posts: 54
Member Since:
October 3, 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
9
February 5, 2019 - 4:52 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Built both wheels for my D1, the offset is really important as is the spoke length .Take a picture of the wheel, to give indication on how spokes are fitted .Ensure that when you rebuild that the wheel rim is the correct way round, spoke holes are angled. Most important is a good spoke key

Avatar
Mags 1
Northamptonshire.
Top Gear User
Site Member
Forum Posts: 2612
Member Since:
August 24, 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
10
February 5, 2019 - 5:09 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

** Please log in to view **

Rebuilt the front wheel yesterday, if I can do it I think anyone can, given time and patience, use an old cardboard box to bring it up off bench and which will also stop you doing any damage to rim or paintwork.

** Please log in to view **

** Please log in to view **

I set mine up at about 19mm each side, taken from a D7 before stripping it out last summer.

Four now on the road and at least several in bits.

Avatar
SpacedMarine
Up north
Top Gear User
Site Member
Forum Posts: 446
Member Since:
July 1, 2018
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
11
February 10, 2019 - 12:57 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Very tidy 

What's 7/16 in mm again?

Avatar
GCOBBY
Top Gear User
Club Member
Forum Posts: 54
Member Since:
October 3, 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
12
February 19, 2019 - 8:56 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Take several photos of the old rim with spokes all connected,this will help when you start to string it all together.MEASURE THE OFFSET, WITH BRAKE REMOVED PLACE STRAIGHT EDGE ON TO THE BRAKE DRUM,THEN MEASURE THE GAP BETWEEN RIM AND BRAKE DRUM, THIS WILL GIVE YOU THE OFFSET

Avatar
Oldrob
First Gear User
Site Member
Forum Posts: 2
Member Since:
September 23, 2018
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
13
March 2, 2019 - 5:59 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

I have just rebuilt my first wheel and I think it looks great. I bought a new stainless steel rim and spokes from Devon rim co. This decision was taken after going to the chromers and they wanted £120 to chrome my wheel. I made up a wooden jig and viewed loads of you tube videos on the subject. The only thing I was nervous about was how tight the spokes should be and I would have bought a spoke torque wrench but they cost an arm and a leg.

Avatar
AdrianS
Harlaston Staffs
Top Gear User
Site Member
Forum Posts: 77
Member Since:
August 8, 2014
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
14
March 7, 2019 - 1:25 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Well, rebuilt the front wheel. Bit of a pain as the " micky mouse ears" had to be all opened up to allow for 10 gauge spokes. Also the short spokes had to be bent slightly to allow them to be laced into the wheel. Managed to true the wheel and nip up all the spokes. The only thing I was concerned about, as has been previously mentioned, is how tight the spokes should be? Any pointers would be appreciated!

Avatar
Mags 1
Northamptonshire.
Top Gear User
Site Member
Forum Posts: 2612
Member Since:
August 24, 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
15
March 7, 2019 - 9:24 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

The tightness usually sorts itself out, when you've finished just tap each one with say a screwdriver, each should ring slightly and each give approximately same tone. Fairly tight I'd say, but nowhere near stripping rolled on threads! Loose spokes support nothing.

By the way, I understand that hub is suspended by spokes, so they are in tension, always thought it was the other way around before I started rebuilding.

Four now on the road and at least several in bits.

Avatar
BeenyBoy
Sturgate;Lincolnshire
Top Gear User
Club Member
Forum Posts: 65
Member Since:
April 26, 2016
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
16
March 8, 2019 - 9:50 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Try Alan Atkinson in Southport- .... ** Please log in to view ** .......He did a cracking job on the wheels on my B31- new rims/stainless spokes/powder coated hubs... at a reasonable price

Restored B175 and B31 and a very rusty C11G

Forum Timezone: Europe/London

Most Users Ever Online: 223

Currently Online:
12 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Top Posters:

Cornish Rooster: 3314

Anderzander: 3208

bart: 3134

cocorico: 2970

Sprung Chicken: 2650

Mags 1: 2612

David Dale: 2489

Munchkin: 2229

Blue Heeler: 2139

Katj: 2138

Newest Members:

_1984

Forum Stats:

Groups: 9

Forums: 46

Topics: 11972

Posts: 102819

 

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 518

Members: 3415

Moderators: 3

Admins: 3

Administrators: Piquet, JMD, Rusty Floater

Moderators: xcgb, Mick W, Stoo63