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26 x 1 3/8ths (590) rims in aluminium

SamWise72SamWise72 Posts: 453
edited July 2008 in Road general
The bike below is my Raleigh roadster, Marchant. The longer I have this bike, the more I love it. It now has Schwalbe Marathon tyres (cushy and strong!) and a rear rack, it's very comfortable, the SA 4 speed hub is more than enough for my round town riding, it's dead reliable, I think it looks cool, and bike thieves don't, which suits me. The only problem I have with it is the appalling braking; the chrome rims, slightly bent old single pivot sidepulls and dried up remains of pads (no excuse for that, I know) are adequate in the dry, and scary in the wet, but apart from this it's my favourite wet-weather bike. I can get some Kool Stop Salmon Continental pads, and I could even get some long reach dual pivots, but the best improvement to the stopping (and whilst I'm at it, reducing the rotating weight loads) would be alloy rims. I could rebuild the wheels, and have myself the perfect bike. Trouble is, I can't find alloy 590 rims anywhere! Anyone got any ideas?

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  • SamWise72SamWise72 Posts: 453
    Ah! Just discovered that SJS, who used to only have chrome in this size, now have alloy too, albeit at £35 a pop it would cost me almost twice what I paid for the bike to do the job. Better count spokes......
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  • NervexProfNervexProf Posts: 4,202
    SamWise72 wrote:
    Ah! Just discovered that SJS, who used to only have chrome in this size, now have alloy too, albeit at £35 a pop it would cost me almost twice what I paid for the bike to do the job. Better count spokes......

    £18 a pair here, item 29 - drillings available not shown.

    Could be worth a phone call.

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  • bagpusscpbagpusscp Posts: 2,907
    Try Dave Marsh at Universal Cycles Maltby S Yorks . He has alsorts of stuff.
    bagpuss
  • meagainmeagain Posts: 2,331
    That reminds me that I have one of those in the back of the garage - but smaller I think and with rod brakes. 4spd and dyno. When I bought it the original owner's name and address and purchase date was still in seat post on oiled paper (the '50s answer to data tagging!).

    Free if anyone wants to collect it!
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  • bonk manbonk man Posts: 1,054
    Excellent bike... I have a similar vintage Raleigh machine, without the chaincasing though. My brakes are ok in the dry and properly set up I can get the back to lock up but in the wet.. oh dear :? Possibly rebuild the front with a drum brake? Or only ride in the dry :lol:

    I did a 10 mile time trial on mine [rolling lanes type course] and wasn't last. 33. 40 ish. I did cheat and use the basket on the front as aero bars though, but my back wheel came lose and jammed up in the frame so that evens it out a bit :P
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  • SamWise72SamWise72 Posts: 453
    Wow, time trialling on a Raleigh roadster? Brave! Thanks for the link to the cheaper ones - that makes a lot of difference....
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  • bonk manbonk man Posts: 1,054
    SamWise72 wrote:
    Wow, time trialling on a Raleigh roadster? Brave! .

    I have time trialled on postie bikes, granny bikes, 1940's racers, shopper bikes and have a butchers bike awaiting repair possibly for this years Boxing Day 10 TT :lol:

    My mate did a 5.5 TT on a bike made for a 10 year old a couple of weeks ago....
    check out the pics..... oh yeh it is a Raleigh
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2653253013/in/set-72157604782337095/
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  • bagpusscpbagpusscp Posts: 2,907
    meagain wrote:
    That reminds me that I have one of those in the back of the garage - but smaller I think and with rod brakes. 4spd and dyno. When I bought it the original owner's name and address and purchase date was still in seat post on oiled paper (the '50s answer to data tagging!).

    Free if anyone wants to collect it!

    Dave I am Interested :oops:
    bagpuss
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