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Bianchi Sport SX - 27inch to 700C Conversion
I just bought a 70's (I think) 67cm Bianchi Sport SX.
This has the original wheels, and needless to say they, as well as most of the other components are a little torn up. Rather than try and track down a satisfactory set of 27inch wheels (I am looking for black rims with black and red tires to go with the paint job) I decided to look into how difficult it would be to convert this to 700c wheels.
Someone told me I would have to redrill my frame, which I am a little wary of trying. What about long reach brakes? Would be able to just get some long reach brake calipurs and be done with it? Or I also have heard of a drop bolt you can put in to lower the brakes. How complicated is that, and where can I find one?
I am looking to go from a 6 speed friction shifting 27inch wheel bike, to a 7 speed index shifting 700c wheel bike. (with all matching red and black parts if possible)
I assume I will be needing new front and rear derailleurs, wheels, tires, chain, and shifters. Am I missing anything else?
Thanks for all the info everyone!!!