...when on a bike intended for them (excuse the bad lighting):
These beat-up Ukais are placeholders only for the rims that will ultimately be fitted to my '70 Paramount P-13 (yep, that's what Richard pulled up in the Providence Report).
I mounted these today to please my eyes for a change; in other words, to do away with the 700C rims that were mounted upon it when I purchased the bike.
That's not to say that I didn't like the Mavic Reflex rims that were on it; my gripe with them is that the 4mm of diameter lost on the 700C rims - even though a minute difference, theoretically - makes a heck of a difference, visually:
No matter how subtle the effect, it appears as if the frame is slightly over-sized for the wheelset under it, while the wheelbase and TT length appear artificially long (almost "lowriderish", not to mention fender clearances look worse then a 29'er running 559's. With the 27"s however, everything just "fits" - wheelbase length looks perfect, the frame size in relation to the wheels does not look "funky," and tire clearances look just right.
Just my little comments on my aversion to the 700C fad