Let me start off by saying I am sorry to convert this bike, but it was very badly spray painted by a friend and then abandoned on my front lawn for the whole summer. Instead of letting the bike rust away and gather more bird poop, I will be converting it into a single speed with a flip flop hub.
My question is, is it possible to get 700c tires on there? I did some rough measuring and I want to say yes. Do I have to worry about chain alignment more with this bike, especially because I want to keep the beautiful bottom crank? Also, can anyone recommend a good rust protector, spray paint and clear coat brand?
The worst part of this conversion is over that is, removing both cotter pins. One was ruined but I will be replacing both of them and installing them with a vice. Can anyone point me to the seller (I think they are 9.5 mm)?