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Offline joeis6

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wheel rims
« on: 05 Dec 2011 at 20:35 »
i have got 3 wheels for my 1912 2 3/4 . All have different rims. If i measure them as you would a well based rim thhhe two beaded edge rims measure 21 and 22 inch. The third is a well based rim measuring 22 inch which a bicycle tire fits. Now what size is most suitable for my motorbike? and where is a good place in the uk to buy rims and tires?  Neale

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Re: wheel rims
« Reply #1 on: 06 Dec 2011 at 11:15 »
Hi Neale,
In November 1911 the new model 1912 Douglas was listed as having 2" Avon tyres: i.e. 26 x 2 beaded edge. In 1912 there was no standardisation of rim sizes, but a 26 x 2 rim is about 22 1/2" overall diameter and about 1.85" wide.
Now Ensign do a nice 26 x 2 tyre, but I'm not sure who would make this rim size. Many lightweight veterans these days run 26 x 2 1/2" BE tyres, which (confusingly) also fit on a 22 1/2" rim, albeit usually wider than the 26 x 2 item.
Vintage Rims in New Zealand (!) will do a 26 x 2 1/2" rim in Westwood (drop centre) pattern
and there are many 2 1/2" tyres to suit.
However the 1912 Doug is a delicate thing - it would be nice to do the original 26 x 2 wheels if you can locate suitable rims. Sorry I have no UK knowledge...

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Re: wheel rims
« Reply #2 on: 09 Dec 2011 at 04:49 »
Hi Neale
It maybe best to contact Vintage Rims at Waiau, just north of Culverton,  their web site suggests that they manufacture the westwood style rim in a variety of sizes.  Classic Tyres at Tauranga, [] list both 26" x 2"  and 26" x 2 1/2"  tyres as being available locally here in NZ.
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Re: wheel rims
« Reply #3 on: 18 Dec 2011 at 04:23 »
I have a front rim which I measured at 575mm diameter overall,there are a couple of pics in General discussion under Dad's wheel posted16/5/2011. I am not sure if this is what you need but if you need more info or pics let me know.Cheers Les

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Re: wheel rims
« Reply #4 on: 18 Dec 2011 at 14:11 »
Hi all
  Westwood section (well based) beaded edge rims for 26" x 2" tyres are available from the VMCC and are listed in their catalogue as are Ensign tyres to suit. They are expensive compared with the 2.1/2" rims probably due to the reduced demand for this size compared with the larger sizes. The VMCC catalogue can be viewed at  Prices include P&P to UK but invite enquiry for overseas sales. I dare say that a telephone call or email to The VMCC to the number and address given in the website would enable you to ascertain the dimensions of the rims for sale. Chris

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Re: wheel rims
« Reply #5 on: 31 Dec 2011 at 10:22 »
Hi Neale,

I have a 1911 douglas and got two rims made by Veteran Car Rims in Christchurch i drilled them and had them nickle plated.They are 26x2 C3 Westwood style. I got two tyres 26"x2" from Classic tyres.I also got stainless spokes and nipples from Bert Pol. Regards Melvin

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