Re: [CR] Rope rim strips?

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Date: Thu, 21 May 2009 17:22:10 +0000
From: "Hugh Thornton" <>
To: Thomas Adams <>, Classic Rendezvous <>
Subject: Re: [CR] Rope rim strips?

My c1908 BSA had rope rim strips which sat neatly in the well of the Kundtz wood rims.  To make a loop, the ends of the rope were neatly sewn to the ends of a short leather strip in the middle of which was a hole for the valve.  I believe them to have been original: unfortunately they were not in very good condition and not suitable for re-use.  The rope consisted of a woven tubular outer cover with some twisted strands running down the inside - a method of construction that is still commonly used.  The rope was a bit "squashier" than you would normally expect of a rope so that it conformed to the shape of the rim well to some extent, but I don't know if this was intentional or the result of age.

Hugh Thornton
Cheshire, England

--- On Thu, 21/5/09, Thomas Adams wrote:

From: Thomas Adams <> Subject: [CR] Rope rim strips? To: Date: Thursday, 21 May, 2009, 3:36 PM

Here's an item I've never seen before:  Rope rim strips, apparently for rims with deep channels over the spoke heads, like a Super Champ 58.  When were these things used?  Did they work?  I guess with a box rim, there's no room (although wouldn't the tube drape around the rope?), but I suspect these would have been great because they would be less likely to twist, squirm or otherwise move and uncover the spoke heads.  Might be a nice field expedient if your miles from a bike shop but next to a hardware store and need a new rim strip.  Comments? Stories?  Opinions?<blah

or ebay item # 190307911599

Tom Adams
Manhattan, KS