1: BACK FROM THE DEAD?
I said in the last instalment that I like spending money, but actually I will hold back given the chance, especially when the numbers get bigger. And the prospect of a big bill for wheel building (plus new rims and spokes) meant I had put a cover over the Honda and run away for a month or two (to Australia then Portugal). On my return, revitalized, and keen to get this project rattling along again, I dragged the old wheels out again and decided to take a file and a wire brush to the rims one more time.
Sure, stack loads of powdered metal fell away, but underneath there was solid metal (well, aluminium) and the rims are a good deal thicker than I first thought. So it was a few hours work filing and brushing to get back to some shiny metal (agh, aluminum) on each rim (the back was worse than the front), but having done so and having played around tapping and feeling and measuring I’m now of the opinion there’s enough meat left for them to remain in service. They’re not exactly tip-top, but they could just do the job.
So a good while was spent filing down any sticky-up bits, then the rim tape went back on and as a belt-and-braces step I added a round of duct tape too. I’m expecting the duct tape to be a bad idea of course, it’s a bodge but I’m keen at this stage to get the Honda up and running, give it a gentle ride and make a full assessment of its condition.