I picked up a Gitane Grand Sport De Luxe last week for a SS or fixie conversion. Outside of a slightly bent front rim, the bike is in decent shape considering its older than I am. Problem is, the bike is a size 54, which is juuuust a bit too tall for me in terms of standover height. My brother rides a newer size 56, though, which fits me fine both standing and in the saddle. It's got to be a difference in the rims/tires.
My thinking is I'd be just fine with an inch or so of space to spare. I'd like to try and make this work as best I can, since free of charge is the best deal you can get.
(1.) Can I fit a smaller rim set on this bike, if so, which size should it be, (2.) would it be possible to get a flip flop hub in that size, and (3.) will I be able to adjust the brake(s) accordingly to fit with the new rims?
The rims currently on the bike are 27x1 1/4 rigid A, and the brakes are center pull brakes.
thanks in advance