View Full Version : Vigilante Rear Wheel

10-15-2008, 12:46 AM
Hi everyone.

I'm part way through building the Vigilante for my daughter's cycling coach. As soon as he saw the picture, he said I want one! Hopefully I'll have it finished for Christmas for him.

After a false start of getting a temporary tyre that was too small, I've now got one 26 inches high by 8 inches wide. It took a few hours to cut the centre out it was welded the entire way round, except for three bits about 2 inches long. It became extra tricky because the raised rib on this wheel is offset, so that the spokes had to be centred on one of the sloping sides of the rib.

Anyway, the rest of it has been straightforward, and I'm slowly starting to get the hang of my new mig welder my dream welder that I've waited years and years for. Some of the welds are OK and some of them will benefit from some attention from the grinder and a good coat of 'Gap Tech'... But it's just so much fun!

The wheel turns like a charm and runs for ages and ages, the weight acting as a good flywheel.

I've put a clip on YouTube, partly because I'm proud of what I've done so far and partly to show others how easy this bike is to build. The plans are excellent and are so easy to follow.


I'll keep you posted as I get further through building. Fortunately we are well into our spring and the shed's a much warmer place than it was.

Cheers, Phil

10-16-2008, 08:15 PM
Very nice wheel Phil. I just finished my rear wheel. I thought it would be harder to build than it was. Keep posting photos.


10-16-2008, 08:44 PM
I finished mine about a week ago. I had to wait for the local tire shop to find a tire for it. If you can avoid 16" wheels. It turns out most of the spare tires are 15" rims.


10-16-2008, 11:21 PM
Looking good so far!