Wheel size for an old Raleigh frame???
I found an old Raleigh bike on big trash day in my town a few months ago. As usual I ditched the old rusted wheels on the spot, to make it easier to stash in my car, and I knew that I would inevitably end up buying a new wheelset for it after restoration. It is a smaller frame, and it had moustacchech style handle bars. I stripped the frame and primed and painted it, added on all new components, but when it came time to put the new wheels on, the front fork would not accommodate a 700c wheel. I had an old 26x1 3/8 wheel and tried that, but it was just a hair too big with a 26x1 1/2 tire. I'm not quite sure what to do, my LBS told me i needed to use a standard 26" mtn bike wheel with a small tire (which I am doubtful if it will work). I have no idea what the model number on the bike is, for some reason I never photographed the frame before I stripped it.
Any ideas? Has anyone run into this problem with smaller Raleigh frames? what wheel size should I be looking for? and where could i find it?
I'll try and take some photos tonight to illustrate what I am talking about.