Bill Mould is a custom wheel builder who recently partnered with a high school senior to build a wheel that could support the weight of a small car. For the experiment, which he worked on with Bryan Higgins, they used a 36 H Velocity Hub, Cliff Hanger Rim, Sapim Spokes, and a Maxxis Hookworm tire.
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A corolla weighs roughly 2700 lbs, and has a ~60/40 weight distribution, which means this wheel is seeing aprx 540 pounds of static force – which is less than the dynamic force a BMX wheel experiences when slammed into the ground by a 200 lb rider.
The moral of the story? Bicycle wheels are pretty tough, although we’ll be sticking with our spray painted steelies!