Old spokes are weakened, and it’s often impossible to get a vintage wheel set into true.
If you do opt to upgrade your wheels on your vintage bicycle restoration project, it’s important to understand there may be a bit of tweaking involved.
If you’re switching from, say, classic 27″ wheels to 700c, you’ll probably have to adjust the brake pad position a little.
It will remove oxidization and make that chrome shine like new. But sometimes that’s just not enough to pull off a convincing vintage style bicycle restoration.
Getting a set of new wheels and tires will drastically improve the look of your bike.
Wheels like this blend right in with any vintage bike frame you’re restoring.
It’s amazing how good a modern wheel set can look on a vintage bicycle frame.
People will still recognize that it’s a classic bicycle, but the new wheels give it a modern feel.
Beyond that, new wheels give you a lot of peace of mind.
Performing a beautiful vintage bicycle restoration isn’t always a trial.
You don’t always have to tear it down and start from scratch. I’m convinced that a rider can accomplish a very successful restoration and create a vintage style bicycle with minimal investment and effort.
They take a while to wear in, but leather forms to fit your body.