Snow bikes are fun. I have completely thrown myself into this fact. This is the most fun bike I’ve ever owned.
I wish for snow now. For cold. For hard crust to ride upon. On my days off I want to get out and breathe in the deep, cold air. Icicles, frost, falling snow … summer cannot compare.
That being said … my snowbike was missing something. Panaché. Just that little bit extra. I mean … my Large Marge rims were good … but well, everyone has these.
I found … such a thing.
Speedway Cycles makes a rim called the UMA II. It’s 70mm wide. It comes pre-drilled. It’s 200g+ lighter per wheel. I also scored a set that was build up by a guy who knows his stuff, gave it a Surly front hub and XT rear, and would set the stage … for a transformation.
Rim tape for rims like this have to be specially made. Gorilla tape works well. It also bulges ever-so-slightly when the tube is inflated. Makes for a sweet look. Two pieces of tape stuck together makes for a great canvas to put tape on the side facing out. It was this … that gave me an idea.
Using the old rim strip as a guide, I bought reflective tape and used the previously-made-bulges to size and position a pattern of reflective tape. Red and white. Easily seen. Looks sweet. Different. Panaché. Would it work? Well . . .
Wider rims gives me a little more float over the snow. Always a good thing.
Lighter rims makes it easier to pedal. Always a good thing.
Better looking rims give the bike a special panaché. Do I have to say more?
See you on the trails. I’ll be the one riding the good looking snowbike. 😀