Need advice...complete 28" wheel set for a rider


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Stanley

Finally riding a big boys bike
Sep 17, 2014
302
387
Shelby, United States
#1
I have a shelby that had metal clad wood rims. They are display only. I want to make it a rider. What does everyone use? I see people have some for sale. I would possibly like to use period correct hubs.
Tires also, what is a good replacement tire.
Is there a modern set economical that I can use?
Thanks

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dnc1

I live for the CABE
Apr 1, 2016
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Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK
#2
Some pictures of what's left of the bicycle would be good in order to make suggestions.
So many possibilities.
Good to hear you want to get something back on the road.
 
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cyclingday

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 24, 2008
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18,126
Costa Mesa, California. United States
#3
Most of the guys out here in Ca. use the Velocity Blunt 35 rims.
They are Aluminium, but can be painted to look very convincing.
Coupled with a nice modern Schwalbe or Continental tire, you just about can't find a better riding set up.
Check with @Lux Low here on the Cabe.
Tyler sells complete wheel sets that will get you rolling with the least amount of hassle.
If you want to keep it period correct, there are ways to do that too, but require way more diligence, time and money.
Good luck with the project!
 

dnc1

I live for the CABE
Apr 1, 2016
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Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK
#5
Most of the guys out here in Ca. use the Velocity Blunt 35 rims.
They are Aluminium, but can be painted to look very convincing.
Coupled with a nice modern Schwalbe or Continental tire, you just about can't find a better riding set up.
Check with @Lux Low here on the Cabe.
Tyler sells complete wheel sets that will get you rolling with the least amount of hassle.
If you want to keep it period correct, there are ways to do that too, but require way more diligence, time and money.
Good luck with the project!
Sound advice! As you can guess I'm a little lacking in knowledge regarding such bicycles, being from over here. But I can certainly vouch for the Schwalbe's and Conti's on the tyre front!
 

dnc1

I live for the CABE
Apr 1, 2016
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Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK
#6
I took the more expensive route.
Amish built 28” wooden rims by Stutzman
Wheelsmith stainless spokes, wooden rim nipples from EBay, 28” X 1-1/2” Robert Dean tubulars in black View attachment 948847

. Ebony stain from Minwax.
Expensive but lovely.
Are the Stutzman rims equivalent in size to antique wood rims? How does this size compare to modern 700c?
 

rusty_apache

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 25, 2016
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Alamo city
#11
Yes Stutzmans are identical to the originals but I believe he can make just about anything.

I don’t know how they compare to metric sizes, honestly the thought makes my head spin so I pay the money!

Expensive but lovely.
Are the Stutzman rims equivalent in size to antique wood rims? How does this size compare to modern 700c?
 

Stanley

Finally riding a big boys bike
Sep 17, 2014
302
387
Shelby, United States
#12
Yes, my head is spinning. That is the fun part getting it figured out and on the road. I've learned a lot about 700c and (ISO 622), and widths...32, 38, 40 etc... I will send some images soon. I made some head way. Waiting on UPS now to see if I guessed right.
I am willing to try a couple of these options. Thanks for al the great info and images. Really great bikes.

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Mr. Monkeyarms

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 30, 2018
454
1,261
Colorado
#14
1919 Mead Arch Frame Ranger
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I used modern 29" cruiser wheels from one of those wally world cruisers and mounted Specialized Sawtooth tires in 700x42c. The tires fill the fenders, no rubbing anywhere and ride beautifully.:) Puts the tire width at 1.75". Haven't measured the height. Maybe a bit heavy but an inexpensive way to get rolling. Just depends on how close you want to be to original. Happy hunting!
 

dnc1

I live for the CABE
Apr 1, 2016
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Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK
#15
I used an old wheelset off a 1908 Rudge on my Rochester, English spec. 28" (635 mm).
Running Schwalbe 'Delta Cruisers' (with no reflective strip).....
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Luckily I only paid £60gbp for the donor machine (ladies).

For my National project I'm building up a set using some antique, French 700c wood rims and ND model A and SM hubs.
Rims have been repainted in the style of National originals, with their '#3 special finish'.....
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It wasn't called "The Little Blue Wheel' for no good reason, just wish there were more blue paint left on the frame, lol!
 

KevinsBikes

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 21, 2016
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Phoenix, AZ
#16
I also build 28” clincher rims with NOS spokes, English style painted rim in different colors and whatever hubs you may want. Run about $300-$350 depending on hubs. I typically use 622 size to get more tire size options, but I have done some 635 as well.

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Lux Low

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 7, 2010
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Lux Low Ranch Golden Colorado
luxlow.com
#20
I have built a Few, Velocity Blunts, WheelSmith Spokes, and Schwalbe Tires. They can be seen here https://www.ebay.com/str/luxlowbikes/Wood-Wheel-Safety-1890-1933/_i.html?_storecat=3899845010 I Appoligize as My Prices have gone up a bit, But That is Direct Result of Trump's Trade Embargo! Both Velocity Rims and Wheelsmith have gone Up 100% Yes Costs have Straight Up Doubled. The wheels are pretty much bulletproof , so if yo see one Second hand it may be a Really Good Deal.
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