Hello. A co-worker dropped off her 1983 Cannondale touring bike and requesting an overhaul. Its a long wheelbase touring bike with 3 water bottle mounts, a triple crankset and a 7 speed indexing rear freewheel drivetrain. The wheels on it are 26 x 1 3/8" ukai rims with some older 126 mm SunTour "sealed bearing" freewheel hubs with 36 gavanized straight gauge spokes laced 3 cross. The wheels are true and spin well, though the spokes are ugly and corroded looking. The wheels are quite heavy.
Here's my question. Would it be possible to retire the wheels and locate a set of 650c road wheels to use instead? Are these close enough in diameter? I would need a 126mm rear hub thats one constraint though. It would be cool to put a nice 650c wheelset on here with a 7speed cassette and some nice Conti GP tires. I have a hard time getting excited about a bike rehab if the end result is going to be a clunker, know what I mean ?
Thanks for any insights.