Last edited by A.Winthrop; 10-25-10 at 07:18 AM.
In 1983 in the US, 27" was the standard wheel size. My interpretation of "DESIGNED TO PERMIT CONVERSION TO TUBULARS FOR RACING" is that the bike came with 700c wheels rather than the standard 27" so you could stick your sew-up racing wheels on without adjusting brakes.
Last edited by Sluggo; 06-30-07 at 03:50 PM.
Were there not some universal rims which had both a flat surface for gluing and side flanges? Otherwise, I concur with your interpretation, having had to adjust the brake pads every time I swapped between my 27" and tubular wheelsets on my old Nishiki.
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I was trying to find a cheap replacement road wheel and I got one of these babies with a Campy record hub. And I can't really tell whats going on with it. I don't think you can go tubular with it...but it sure looks like a track wheel. It describes itself as 700c but its definitely a 27" fit. I could post or email some pictures if it would help.
Its a cool wheel though. I think it would be very nice track gear. Very solid after all these years. That baby isn't going to shake on you coming down the embankment.
+1 on Sluggo's interpretation. I don't recall a clincher/tubular combination rim, but there were some tires (Vittoria I believe) that fit either tubular or clincher rims.
+4 on Sluggo's read of it.
It just meant you could swap wheels without adjusting the bake reach.