Repurposed antique 26" bike wheel, should it remain repurposed or restored?


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Slick4d4d

Look Ma, No Hands!
Sep 11, 2017
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So I found this antique bike wheel, repurposed into a gaming wheel, at a local flea market, the approximate measurements are 26" diameter, 4" hub width (not include bolt ends) and 1.5" rim width. As you can see it has a wood ring, missing a piece, screwed to it. They did a clean job attaching the wood, so it could be removed leaving only a few small holes. The questions are, can anyone identify this rim and is it worth trying to restore or should it be left as found?

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ivrjhnsn

I live for the CABE
Aug 27, 2013
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Fitchburg ,MA
#2
Looks like a Sulky wheel, not bicycle. Horse racing:D.. But, just my lone opinion
The sulky (informally known as a "bike"),,hmmm
 
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bike

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 26, 2007
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#3
Probably was a gambling device
how wide is the hub? You can check this against a bicycle hub- if t is much wider then you have a sulky, or non bicycle wheel- Good wall hanger for the cave
 

Slick4d4d

Look Ma, No Hands!
Sep 11, 2017
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42
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Freeport NY
#4
Probably was a gambling device
how wide is the hub? You can check this against a bicycle hub- if t is much wider then you have a sulky, or non bicycle wheel- Good wall hanger for the cave
The hub is 4" wide, not including the axel shafts going through it. It is a cool piece as a gaming wheel, but if it is a bike wheel I would like to know it's history and if it could be used to help put a vintage bike back on the road, that would be even cooler!
 
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