Hi, not 100% that this is the right forum for this, so please feel free to move if it isn't.
I have a nice Reynolds 500 frame which I have nearly finished converting in to a fixed gear commuter. However, the best rear hub I could get has a 135 mm spacing (the frame has a 130 mm spacing).
So, I got that built up in to a wheel and tried to install it. However, I can't: the frame just doesn't seem to bend enough.
Thing is, I've done this before and I really wouldn't expect to have problems bending a frame out by 5 mm.
My first thought was check the spacing. Definitely 130 mm. Then I checked to see if the two dropouts are parallel. They are. Then checked the "claws" of the dropouts are parallel. They are. Finally I checked to see if the dropouts were as wide as the axle. They are (both measured 10 mm).
Then I had an idea: maybe the axle nuts (which are those big circular ones you always get on fixed hubs) are so big that they're getting in the way. So I filed them down. But still the wheel won't slot in.
Now I've run out of ideas. I simply can't understand why I can't install this wheel. I did have a thought that maybe Reynolds 500 frames are particularly stiff. Could any one clarify this?
Any suggestions would be much appreciated.