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1920 Ariel

Postby tony.barnett » Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:56 am

I have a 1920 Ariel basket case (pics here http://forum.arielownersmcc.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=66)

My plan is to fit drum braked wheels as I'd like to make the bike more useable, and am thinking about using 21" wired rims as this is as close as I can get to it looking right without using beaded edge. I have a BSA Bantam front hub and a Tiger Cub rear, and two 21" WM1 rims.

How can I judge whether the rims are compatible with the hubs? All are 40 hole. Rims are already dimpled and drilled.

I also need to fit a belt rim to the rear wheel (more complication).

Assuming things look compatible, is there a good spoke length calculator on the interweb anywhere? I'm quite happy to build and true the wheels, but would need to order the correct length spokes.
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Re: 1920 Ariel

Postby Dave.Barkshire » Tue Apr 26, 2011 9:20 am

I think that a perfectionist wheel builder would worry about the angle of the drilled holes in the rim and would probably like to drill their own. A less worried type will just lace up whatever you give them so long as the hole count matches. It might be worth starting off with a chosen wheel builder and see what they say? I put a tiger cub front hub onto a flat tank Enfield because I couldn't find the original hub. This involved some spindle machining but it looked right and only the eagle eyed dribbler would have known the difference. I have never had to have a rear belt rim fitted but this again would be something for the wheel builder I suppose. If you need parts then Willem Pol can supply wheel rims and belt rims. The veteran Triumph people can probably supply these too.
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Postby tony.barnett » Tue Apr 26, 2011 4:24 pm

Cheers Dave. Parts I have, just need to make them look like wheels. I need to sort spindles etc. first though I guess.
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