Roll Your Own Wheel Rim

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Roll Your Own Wheel Rim

Postby penny farthing » 3 Sep 2010, 3:02pm

Hi does anyone know where to buy aluminium extrusions suitable for rolling, to make a wheel rim?

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Re: Roll Your Own Wheel Rim

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Re: Roll Your Own Wheel Rim

Postby Mick F » 4 Sep 2010, 6:58am

You've asked this question before,
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=31680
I suppose you never found out an answer!
Perhaps someone will come up with a good source for you.
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Re: Roll Your Own Wheel Rim

Postby Edwards » 4 Sep 2010, 8:04am

If it is for the Penny Farthing would you only need a U shaped channel. I so an industrial glazing company should be able to supply the channel or the information of where to purchase.
There is a company called Edwards Metals (not me or a relative) in Birmingham you could try phoning them. They sell Extrusions.
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Re: Roll Your Own Wheel Rim

Postby Mick F » 4 Sep 2010, 8:55am

I was wondering where wheel manufacturers get their extrusions from - then I thought that the likes of Rigida and Mavic, let alone Fulcrum or Campagnolo probably only design and market their rims.

The extrusions and the rim-making are done in India/China/Taiwan.
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Re: Roll Your Own Wheel Rim

Postby kwackers » 4 Sep 2010, 10:35am

I guess this is a high tech penny farthing, since originals wouldn't have had extruded wheels. Might be easier (and cheaper) to roll something a bit thicker and then machine it, given the low spin rate balancing isn't an issue so a jig and router with a suitably profiled cutter might be good enough...
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Re: Roll Your Own Wheel Rim

Postby manonbike » 5 Sep 2010, 9:32pm

There was an article in the Model Engineer magazine by a guy who made a Penny Farthing, I'm sure it showed how to roll the rims and everything. Try enrolling on the Model Engineers Clearing House forum, I know it seems to be mainly steam stuff, but I know there's some good guys on there who if they had the articles would let you see them. I don't think I've still got the articles in my collection of ME's.

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Re: Roll Your Own Wheel Rim

Postby penny farthing » 31 Mar 2011, 4:10pm

I don't know if anybody would be interested, but it may be possible to buy 54" bicycle wheel rims. This would enable you to fit bicycle tyres onto the said rim, thus the building of your own Penny Farthing, becomes a lot easier.

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Re: Roll Your Own Wheel Rim

Postby hubgearfreak » 31 Mar 2011, 4:48pm

you ought to PM greybeard

as well as being a helpful chap, he keeps company with the oddballs who ride those things :wink:

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Re: Roll Your Own Wheel Rim

Postby andrew_s » 31 Mar 2011, 6:00pm

try asking Joff Summerfield
he makes Pennies for people, so must have a source of wheel rims

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Re: Roll Your Own Wheel Rim

Postby spanner » 9 Apr 2011, 1:24pm

hubgearfreak wrote:you ought to PM greybeard

as well as being a helpful chap, he keeps company with the oddballs who ride those things :wink:

try contacting a vcc member as a lot of members own and ride penny farthings you could try contacting the person in charge of the section nearest to you via the vcc website unfortunately due to club rules i cant divulge members details to none members