"...my wide tires drew a few double-takes from the roadie crew, but after taking a few pulls, no one could find issue with my riding."
You have a cycling problem and your next bike should be a custom build.
" It was made years ago before this build. It hung incomplete off a wall by the owner, never ridden."
What were wheels like before black? Subtle? Flashy? Boring? Undesirable?
Remember the Campagnolo high-flange Sheriff hubs? They were loud, oversized, and created a stiff build for that era of wheels. They effectively shortened the spoke length of any build and made for a more direct energy transfer from drive train to rim. Here is a modern take on that build: The combination of super butted …
"...they are not just an expensive piece of jewelry to hang off your bike, but an investment that you can move to each new project."
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