Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Velocity Rims, Velocity Hubs, Velocity Veloplugs

A cold winter day with snow and ice makes cyclists everywhere wish for the warm days of summer. This is the perfect time to work on your equipment so that when the weather is better nothing will stop you from riding your bicycle.I spent my time inside building a new set of wheels using Velocity Rims and Velocity Hubs. This set sports blue rims. Velocity offers many different rim designs and colors. Their rims are manufactured in Australia, but soon production will be moved to the USA. Using Velocity Rims we can make just about any style wheel with any color you can imagine. 

Velocity Hubs

This wheelset weighs 1620 grams using economy hubs and spokes. That's a reasonable wheel weight.

A pack of 72 count Velocity Veloplugs.

Veloplugs take the place of rim tape on clincher rims and save an estimated 15 grams per wheel on a 32 spoke, 700c wheel. The veloplugs have an estimated 400psi blowout strength and can be used over and over. They will not rot, slip around or retain water.
Spoke replacement is simplified as there is no need to remove a sticky strip. Just pop out the Veloplug over the offending spoke and pop it back in when repairs are complete.

Veloplugs installed in the blue Velocity Rims.

Ruffy Tuffy tires installed on the new blue wheels. These wheels will probably be put to use on my cyclo-cross bike when I want to ride it somewhere on the road and do some mild off road riding, like maybe around Salem Lake.

The front rim is a Velocity Aerohead. These are available with 18, 20, 24, 28, 32, 36
holes and in a wide variety of colors.
It's hard to see in this photo but the rear wheel is built with a Velocity Aerohead o/c (off center) rim. The Aerohead o/c has all the same characteristics as the standard Aerohead but is offset in design. This creates a more uniform spoke tension between the drive and non-drive sides of the wheel resulting in greater strength and reliability. Click here to learn more about Velocity Rims and all the Velocity Cycling Products.

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