bike 101: what to do with old (steel) wheels?
Over the past weeks, T. and I have started cleaning out our garage and getting more of the house in order with the idea that baby’s arrival will allow for less sorting and house work in the near future. As we’re going through our bike menagerie, we’ve been pondering what to do with the two sets of vintage steel bike wheels that we have aquired through my Raleighs.
I wrote about the decision and logistics of replacing my steel wheels (and old tires) on my Raleigh Sports commuter and my Raleigh Grand Prix road bike at the end of last summer. Although I can’t imagine changing the wheels back to the steel ones from the new aluminum ones, I do wonder… would it be smart to hold on to these original bike components in case I ever decide to sell one of those bikes? Are there merits to having those original wheels for the bike or should I assume that most sellers would appreciate the upgrade to more efficient aluminum wheels and new tires?
I’d love any tips and advice from those of you more experienced in this department! Should we keep those steel wheels that are just taking up precious storage room and, if so, why might one hold on to them? Thank you in advance for any comments and advice!
Update: After writing this post and reading the reader responses, it became clear that there would be no need for me to hold on to the original steel wheels. I then decided to either donate them to my favorite bike shop (if they had use for them) or a bike recycling center (if I found one in town). A brief chat with the owner of said bike shop revealed that the bike shop I had in mind for donation also functions as the local bike recycle place, so there my wheels will go. May someone else find use for them! I’m happy to not add them to our landfills but rather to know that they can hopefully be recycled and reused on some other bike project, thus fulfilling their little purpose in life.