Re: [CR]classic tubular wheels

Example: Component Manufacturers:Chater-Lea
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2001 07:35:33 -0400
From: "Steve Freides" <>
Organization: Friday's
To: Keith Kessel <>
Subject: Re: [CR]classic tubular wheels
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Keith Kessel wrote:
> I have 2 questions for my restoration. (1975 Grandis Special Gran Prix.)
> #1 The orig wheels are Camp record HF 36 hole cross 3 into a Fiamme yellow
> label rim. Is there any way to get these looking really spiffy without
> disasembling them with a full rebuild? The wheels are straight and true and
> I hate to unbuild them. On the other hand, I'm probably too heavy to ride
> them now except short rides on the flats. They are period correct however
> for a restoration.

I guess the $64,000 question is: How Heavy Are You? I ride 28-spoke wheels and 32-spoke wheels with little problem on the former and none on the latter, and all my rims are sub-300-gram sewup types, but I weigh 150 lbs. and have a history of being easy on cycling equipment in general.

It's pretty rare, in my limited experience, that 36-spokes, even on a lightweight rim, can't support an average weight (say, 175-180 lbs.) rider through most things on the road.