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How long does a newly built wheel keep in storage?

Old 12-19-19, 03:51 PM
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How long does a newly built wheel keep in storage?

I would like to have a few wheels built on some rims and hubs I've collected. I may rotate them every 6 months or so or I may not. How long will they last without being used once I get them back from the wheel builder? Will they stay perfectly fine for a few years even in the event I never get around to rotating them into use?
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Old 12-19-19, 04:04 PM
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As far as the rims and spokes, if it's built right, they'll last forever.

The bigger problem is likely to be the grease in the hubs will dry out if you leave them sitting for a very long time. After several years, you might want to repack the bearings (if possible) or drip a few drops of light oil into sealed bearings.
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worse case scenario, just check the true & tension before switching out the rims.
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...if you hang them up over in a corner of the garage somewhere, where they're not subject to getting bumped or stuff dropping on them, they will do fine. Eventually the grease in the hubs dries out, but that takes years.
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If a wheel is built properly with high, even tension you'll should not need to touch them for the life of the rim. At worst, a well-built wheel will require minor touch-up after the first couple rides.

I've built wheels that did not require re-truing for years. I rebuilt them when the rims wore through on the brake track. Now that my main ride has disk brakes I expect they'll outlive Keith Richards.
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Now that my main ride has disk brakes I expect they'll outlive Keith Richards.
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Very helpful. Thank you all.
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Now that my main ride has disk brakes I expect they'll outlive Keith Richards.
We likely won't be around to find out.
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Originally Posted by justinschulz9 View Post
worse case scenario, just check the true & tension before switching out the rims.
not clear about this. If you change the rims on that set of wheels, that's major rebuild and all previous bets are off.
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He might have meant when switching out the wheels?
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We likely won't be around to find out.
You need to eat more Twinkies. Lord add preservatives to us...
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You need to eat more Twinkies. Lord add preservatives to us...
And here I thought it was illicit pharmaceuticals..
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And here I thought it was illicit pharmaceuticals..
No, that's my day job.
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