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Raleigh Chopper Mk2 Rim and number of spokes
#1
Hi there. I am rebuilding a Mk2 Raleigh Chopper. I bought a 28 spoke Sturmey Archer hub and have been struggling to find a 28 spoke rim to fit it. It seems as though most Choppers had 36 spokes. What is the correct hub size and are 28 spoke rims available ? Thanx
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#2
28H (spoke) rims are available in a number of sizes; what size are you looking for?

Without pictures, we have no idea what you bike looks like, nor the original equipment. Do you have link to a catalog page or spec sheet?

You should have this: http://www.amazon.com/Raleigh-Chopper-History-Restoration-ebook/dp/B00706SDPG
Nigel
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#3
I think the Raleigh chopper had 16" front wheel and 20" back wheel. Raleigh often used 28 spokes on the front wheel, and 36 in the back wheel, which (again) I think was standard on the MKI and II choppers. Chromed steel rims were common too. The standard AW 3 speed hub came either with axle 146 mm or 163 mm, including threading for the nuts and washers. Good wheels can fairly easily be found on ebay, at least ebay.uk.
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#4
is the 20": 451, 419 or 406 ? http://sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html#iso
349 seems to be the only choice for 16"

Sun offers the CR18 rim in 349, 406, 451

here is a 28H 406: http://www.amazon.com/CR-18-Shrader-Valve-Black-22-2mm/dp/B001CJXBWW/

and a 36H 451: http://www.amazon.com/Sun-Alloy-CR18-Silver-Satin/dp/B000AO7EX2/
Nigel
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#5
On a very worn old tire I can make out 20 x 2 125, but not much else.
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#6
(09-11-2013, 09:22 AM)JonathanGunn Wrote:  Hi there. I am rebuilding a Mk2 Raleigh Chopper. I bought a 28 spoke Sturmey Archer hub and have been struggling to find a 28 spoke rim to fit it. It seems as though most Choppers had 36 spokes. What is the correct hub size and are 28 spoke rims available ? Thanx

Hi there thanks everybody for the help. I will check it out
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#7
(09-12-2013, 04:48 PM)silverarrow Wrote:  On a very worn old tire I can make out 20 x 2 125, but not much else.
that should be a 406 per Sheldon's site; more specifically 54-406 tire.
Nigel
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