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    putting smaller wheels on this specific bike...possible?

    Hi,

    I'm trying to lower my schwinn Willy black 7 speed by 2 inches. Current specs are 700c wheels and i'd like to replace these with 26 inch ones. I'd be fully prepared to buy new rims, shorter cranks, parts, etc if necessary



    heres a picture :


    http://99bikes.com.au/sites/99bikes....s/S11WIL7S.jpg

    thanks in advance

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    The tough part will be finding brakes with enough reach. A 650b conversion is possible, but tough to justify the cost.
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    To lower your bike by 2", you'll need to reduce the wheel diameter by 4" -- even converting to 26"/559mm rims and using the skinniest tires available won't do that unless you were using big 700C tires before.

    So, let's hear why you need/want to do this.
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    I converted a Varsity to 26" rims by using a coaster brake. It's the bike in my sig.
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    Coaster brake, drum brakes, disc brakes if you have money to burn.......be prepared to build your wheels.

    +1 on probably not worth the cost, trouble, and differences in handling incurred.
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    Plus you would ground the pedal if you leaned even a little bit while pedalling, unless you also went to shorter cranks.

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