Backstory: I bought a Miyata 610 touring frame to build up for a friend. I thought I had measured the rear spacing at 130mm, but I believe I made an error and it's actually 126mm. Friction shifters. I went out yesterday and found a decent wheel, Campagnolo hub to a Fir 60A rim with a 7sp Shimano freewheel.
I was still under the impression that 6 and 7 speed wheels usually fit right in to 126mm. I have other 6sp wheels on other bikes that fit in this frame, and this wheel does not fit in the other frames I have. I have cursed at it a whole lot in the past two hours and now I have questions.
The wheel doesn't fit by about this much, roughly the width of the dropout itself (probably 3-4mm):
I would rather not cram it into the dropouts. I know I can get it respaced, but I'll probably just try and find a 6sp wheel - I've owned this one for about 5 hours now and have no real attachment to it. However:
These locknuts seem quite large - can I replace them with smaller ones?
Here's the axle - there is a spacer of some variety in there (actually a couple, but the one next to the silver spacer seems to have a smaller diameter), is that normal? Can I take it out if I move the cones a little so the wheel sits in the center of the dropouts?
Much appreciated - if it's not going to work, I can just cram the wheel in there, although I'd rather do it right (which probably means going to find another wheel - not equipped to cold set the frame myself and I'm on a fairly tight budget here).