RE: [CR]Which rims for Harden hubs?

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Subject: RE: [CR]Which rims for Harden hubs?
Date: Fri, 7 May 2004 15:38:05 -0400

Original Message: ----------------- From: Date: Fri, 07 May 2004 19:20:15 +0000 To: (C.R. LIST) Subject: [CR]Which rims for Harden hubs?

"What type of rims do you'se all use for 50's era hubs,for instance Harden,Airlite,F.B.,etc.Both modern and period correct.I'm interested in this as something for the sake of ridability,not for museum display. Thanks,

Todd Kielman Chicago"

As far as I'm concerned, there is ONE choice: Conloy "Asp" alloy 27 x 1 1/4". I have these on Harden hubs (front)/ SA FM alloy hub (rear) on my '48 RRA (ex Paul Raley). Perfect in lightness, looks, ride and quality. Polishing these beauties with Simichrome with Elgar's "In the South" on the grammophone is a near religious experience. Asp rims are not uncommon but costly. But worth every penny especially if you're mating them to hubs of equal quality like Harden hubs. These were, I believe, the first alloy rims at least in England and date to c. 1937. Nothing better has been made since for clinchers.

Peter Kohler Washington DC USA

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