Last month I was privileged to build a pair of wonderful wheels onto an unforgettable hub set – Prior, great examples of the elegant, high flange hubs that decorated the cycling scene, especially track racing, from the 1930′s to ’50′s.
The flange is precisely coned inwards to match the spoke path to the rim.
They were also seen with a double set of lightening holes.
This flamboyant look inspired Phil Wood Company’s recent anniversary set:
The mind boggling part of the set I received to build was their newness. The front showed no wear besides previous spoking. And the rear, unbelievably, had never been built!
The wheels turned out spectacular, as expected. 32 spokes for the front, 40 for the rear, Ghisallo Elegant tubular rims. They’re destined for a classic, a Speedwell from Australia being restored by Bobby Landry in Telluride.
Hope we get a chance to show them on the restored bike. Here’s one back at Bobby’s place, tire mounted and the sculpted wingnut in place.