7 speed wheels


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Aug 20, 2021
I have a friend that started biking a year ago and he's riding an old raleigh bike from 20+ years ago. He has no intentions on getting a new bike, but the wheels on this thing are shot. He's not too worried, but those spokes are 1 tough hill away from snapping.
My wife has a pretty sweet 1984 lugged steel Bianchi in celeste green. Picked it up from a dude who was selling it cheap. Thrashed, dirty but still very rideable.

The wheels were just about toast so I used the 7 speed hubs, bought new spokes, and rims then rebuilt them using the hub. No major modifications.

7 speed road bike freehub wheels are easily available. Make sure the spacing is correct and you use spacers on the freehub. I can't remember if there is only the one rather narrow spacer or not. I think that the 7 speed cogs are pretty wide. 9 speed wheels simply use the same gears as the 10 speed but wider spacers between gears. You HAVE to use the correct speed chain to keep it from falling between cogs and spacers.
It's great to hear that your friend is getting into biking! However, I must emphasize the importance of having reliable wheels, especially when tackling hills. Even if he's not concerned about upgrading his bike, it's crucial to ensure the safety and longevity of the components, particularly the wheels.

Spokes play a significant role in maintaining the structural integrity of the wheel. Over time, they can weaken and potentially snap, which could lead to accidents or further damage to the wheel. I would recommend replacing the spokes, or even the entire wheel, to ensure a safer and more enjoyable biking experience.

There are many affordable wheel options available that would be a significant improvement over the current ones. Consider suggesting a visit to a local bike shop to explore the options. They can provide expert advice tailored to his specific needs and the type of biking he enjoys.

Remember, investing in safety and reliability now can prevent costly repairs or replacements in the future. Plus, it'll make those hill climbs much more enjoyable!

Cheers, and keep biking!
Ah, your friend's vintage Raleigh, a real blast from the past! While there's something charming about riding an oldie but goodie, those wheels could use an upgrade. You don't want to be halfway up a hill in Ireland, having a spokeside chat with a broken spoke, now do you?

Might I suggest investing in some sturdy, new wheels? They'll provide a safer and smoother ride. Plus, think of all the hills you'll be able to conquer without worrying about your wheels giving up on you. Safety first, comedy second, right?

Sláinte to your friend's biking adventures, and may the wheels treat him well!
I see your point about upgrading the wheels for safety, but what if we consider the environmental impact? Vintage bikes like the Raleigh have already been manufactured, so refurbishing and maintaining them could be a greener option. Swapping out parts for more sustainable alternatives, such as recycled rubber tires or spokes made from renewable materials, could keep the vintage charm while reducing the carbon footprint. Just a thought!
Absolutely, refurbishing and maintaining vintage bikes like the Raleigh can be a greener option, reducing the environmental impact. Have you considered using recycled inner tubes for repairs or repurposing old bike parts? Swapping out parts for sustainable alternatives not only preserves the vintage charm but also supports eco-friendly practices in the cycling community ♻️.

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