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The wheels of a BMX bike are my favorite part. It seems like I am always lacing wheels for something. Last night I laced up this prototype Primo hub that I had lying around for my flatland bike. I got the whole thing laced, then remembered that I had some issues with the axle nuts fitting on for some reason. I fucked around with Primo jewels (one of the best inventions ever if they just weren't so damned heavy) and in the end, unlaced the wheel and cut the hub in half with an angle grinder to make sure I never made that same mistake again.
Here are some pics of wheels from my "collection"
These are on a Webco monoshock bike from 1976 or so. They are 2.125 rims and 105 gauge spokes, so they are burly.
Araya 7bs with hi-flange Campagnolo hubs. Works of art. 1976.
Bendix "red stripe" coaster brake with gold Weinmann rims. Smooth as silk. 1976.
Cast aluminum MX60 mags with a sealed bearing hub. This is one of the first sealed bearing applications for BMX. Circa 1977.
Another Araya 7b with a Campy Hub. This one is on a Redline Proline, vintage 1978.
Super Pro rims, Shimano Freehub (the first cassette hub), Mathauser brake pads, Dia-Compe brakes, Cheng Shin tire, Two Wheelers Super Pro frame, 1978.
These are Araya 7c rims and a Suntour hub from 1979. There were polished to perfection by my good friend Jeff Venekamp and are bolted to an RRS frame and fork. I really just wanted to show the shine.
Webco magnesium mag wheels on a Webco bike, 1977. There were lots of "mag" wheels for BMX around this time, but Webco made the only true mags, made from magnesium.
Ted Van Orman is working on another issue of his print mag, Life? and has some super nice T shirts available. Check it all out here.
Ted is recovering from knee surgery and has been making trips. His most recent adventure took him and his girl up the coast of the pacific from SoCal to Whistler BC. Living it! Ted sent these pics over. One is Degryse and one is of the mystery trails with Ted's bud Brett shredding. Thanks Ted. Nice to hear from a legend....