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    Who does Custom Rims in Anchorge?

    I'd like to add a fat tire to my B.O.B. trailer--but the rims are 16 inch by 20mm. Anyone know who can make me some custom 65mm by 16 inch rims in Anchorage? I can make a franken tire that will fit, but the rims are beyond my ability.
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    I think you would be better off getting a longer end welded onto the bob trailer and using a 20" rim, which are available in wider sizes.

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    Possible solution coastrider: Fatbike Trailer...

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    Quick and dirty (but not neccesarily light weight) option might be to just use two 16" rims side-by-side. You could cross-lace them to oppsite hub flange so they stay tensioned together. With a few rivits through the two middle sidewalls (and/or a bit of structureal adhesive) it should stay together. The extra "rib" in the middle shouldnt really present a problem if you cover it with a bit of foam & duct tape.
    Slightly more refined method, take 2 identical rims, cut one sidewall off of each and rivit&glue in a stip of 3" wide aluminum to space the two sides apart, then use 1/2 of the original spoke holes on each side.

    You can likely get a couple of old used kids bike rims for cheap from off-the-chain co-op to experiment with.

    If you are staying on snow, perhaps consider replaceing the wheel with a ski?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean salach View Post
    I think you would be better off getting a longer end welded onto the bob trailer and using a 20" rim, which are available in wider sizes.
    This, more tire choices too!

    Wheel/Tire/Tube/Hub/Rim : Rims Only - Cycles U.S. LLC/Choppers U.S. 20x3 or 4!

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    The only wide 16" rims I know of were the ones used on the smaller version of the Walmart Schwinn choppers. I don't think you can buy just the rim- you have to cannibalize a bike.

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    There's a 16x3 rear wheel on eBay at the moment. Comes with a convenient coaster brake.

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    This may be a dumb question, but would a homemade ski be good for snow? and keep the wheel for dry conditions?

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    Damn ebay sellers!!!

    Ships only to lower 48 USA states. Prefers Paypal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MauricioB View Post
    There's a 16x3 rear wheel on eBay at the moment. Comes with a convenient coaster brake.
    Nice find. I can re-lace to a conventional hub and I am set. I have contacted the seller to ask if he will reconsider and ship to Alaska.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    This may be a dumb question, but would a homemade ski be good for snow? and keep the wheel for dry conditions?
    You might want to check THIS thread for a little bit more info on the front ski idea.
    Or search for Ktrak.

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    no no, I mean a ski on the sled. maybe something wider to be a bit more stable. I think it would glide well over snow. I was thinking something like the shape of a spoon.

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    The spoon part i understand, but i guess i'm drawing a blank on the sled part.

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    OP is looking for a fat tire for his trailer. I was suggesting a ski on the trailer instead of a fat tire. I think the ski would be less drag in deep snow. it would just float across the tracks of the bike tires. With the wider design like a spoon, it would somewhat center itself on the snow tracks from the bike as well.

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    Haha, i think i got confused and mixed things up a bit.
    (I think i have been up to long...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    no no, I mean a ski on the sled. maybe something wider to be a bit more stable. I think it would glide well over snow. I was thinking something like the shape of a spoon.
    I'm thinking about doing the same thing to a Burley but just using some u bolts counter sunk into some cut off ski's and going around the existing tires and rims.

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    Give Rick @ RTR a ring. He's been working on fat bikes before most guys in Alaska knew what they were. If he can't give you some leads no one can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ziax01 View Post
    Nice find. I can re-lace to a conventional hub and I am set. I have contacted the seller to ask if he will reconsider and ship to Alaska.
    Got em. Should be here is a few weeks. I'll need to re lace to a quick release hub and we'll see what kind of tires I can fit. I may still have to alter the frame, but I have my fingers crossed.
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    I can't find it now, but I remember a thread with some photos of a BOB with the Schwinn rim and tire added. If I remember right, no (or perhaps minimal) mods were necessary.

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    Thats cool you got that chopper wheel. Here is an example of another trailer w/ a fat set-up from Billy at Arctic Cycles. You could ask him what he did...but it looks like you have a pretty good plan already. Arctic Cycles - Accessories

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    Quote Originally Posted by ziax01 View Post
    Got em. Should be here is a few weeks. I'll need to re lace to a quick release hub and we'll see what kind of tires I can fit. I may still have to alter the frame, but I have my fingers crossed.
    Hey, cheers! Post us a coupla pics when it's finished...always wanted to try this myself...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OTB_bOb View Post
    I'm thinking about doing the same thing to a Burley but just using some u bolts counter sunk into some cut off ski's and going around the existing tires and rims.
    You may be aware of this already, buy Burley makes a ski kit for their newer trailers...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MauricioB View Post
    Hey, cheers! Post us a coupla pics when it's finished...always wanted to try this myself...
    Here they are with 1.95 hookworms. They are not really that much fatter than the stock tires which I believe are 1.75. I think I could fit at least a 2.5 and maybe a 3,0 tire, if I can find one.
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    Here is a site listing acouple different 16x3 electric scooter tires, no idea if the BSD is same as bike 16" tires but for the price it might be worth a try.
    Electric Scooter, Bicycle, Dirt Bike, Pocket Bike and Go Kart Tires - Page 2 - ElectricScooterParts.com

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