TOC American cycle Co. Wasp


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rusty_apache

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 25, 2016
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Alamo city
#1
The wasp is on the right with the display rims off of the Century Marathon, left.
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Here’s the front rim as found....
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This is the front rim from the Wasp after a scrubbing and soak in hot water followed by an afternoon spent between two truck tool boxes in the 100 degree Texas heat. This was just a half hearted attempt to get it in the ball park.


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Here’s another redneck straightening method working on the rear rim which was even more potato chipped than the front. A freak rain anomaly required that I back up into the barn momentarily. Barely visible up front is a red squirrel cage fan providing air circulation.


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rusty_apache

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 25, 2016
107
136
53
Alamo city
#4
Got them within 5/32” true at this point. My plywood was a little warped so I braced it with some 2X4s and screwed some blocks to it with a 25-1/4” radius.

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Here’s my redneck hot tub where I soak the rims. It a 1912 American Standard that was my great grandfather’s. Still scouring the Internet for the correct ornate fleur-de-lis eagle claw feet for it...

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Still not satisfied so I’m holding off on the glue joint. New 14/17/14 spokes and 1” Nipples are on order so I won’t be lacing them right away anyhow.

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corbettclassics

I live for the CABE
Feb 11, 2012
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Burbank, United States
#5
Got them within 5/32” true at this point. My plywood was a little warped so I braced it with some 2X4s and screwed some blocks to it with a 25-1/4” radius.

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Here’s my redneck hot tub where I soak the rims. It a 1912 American Standard that was my great grandfather’s. Still scouring the Internet for the correct ornate fleur-de-lis eagle claw feet for it...

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Still not satisfied so I’m holding off on the glue joint. New 14/17/14 spokes and 1” Nipples are on order so I won’t be lacing them right away anyhow.

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I think I have the claw feet for you. I’ll get you a photo tomorrow.

Bill
 

rusty_apache

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 25, 2016
107
136
53
Alamo city
#7
I think I'll add this to the wood rim repair thread....... very nice solutions.
Thanks,
I really thought I had it nailed. When I tried to true up the front wheel, I discovered that I have a long way to go to even get close to what Noah Stutzman puts out. There’s still some places where the rim curls to one side.
It’s close enough to ride on but looks wobbly.

I’m going to keep working on the rear rim to reach a more respectable result and might un lace the front

I dug a hole, lined it with visqueen, filled it with water and tossed in the rim. The glue joint was almost perfect except for the radius was off a little making it impossible to true the wheel. Maybe the solar heat will allow the water to penetrate better.

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rusty_apache

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 25, 2016
107
136
53
Alamo city
#12
I don,t think I would leave that rusty bar on the rim in the water to long. Could leave a rust stain you can't get out. Been there done that.
Thanks Mr. Brown, I didn’t let it sit long enough to stain. This rim already has some black stains in some places from some unknown substance so it already has character.

As it turned out the redneck solar technique didn’t get hot enough so I took 7 feet of aluminum foil and wrapped it loosely around the entire circumference of the rim forming a loose tube. Then I introduced steam into the foil evenly heating the entire rim at once. My glue joint survived the soak in water but not the steam. Steam is obviously far better for bending the wood but it also seems to begin setting much quicker too. I managed to put the radius back into the finger joint, so glueing will be much easier next time and the flat spot is now corrected. The rim is almost perfectly true now but I still want to make some minor adjustments before gluing it back and lacing the New Departure R onto it.
 

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