Hi, I was given a raleigh sports-late 60's or early 70's bronze green. I thought I was the luckiest girl in the world as I have wanted one for most of my life! The brakes are toast so it does not stop and have only gone on cautious rides. It's in pretty good shape, but not a museum collectors item. I would like to make it a rider as I already have a shiny vintage raleigh in mostly original condition that only comes out on nice days. I commute rather long distances and have hills to deal with.
The wheels are in poor shape with rust, broken spokes and a damaged front hub. I would like to build new alloy wheels with drum brakes and an internal hub with drum brake like the sturmey archer 5 or 8 speed hubs. As much as I'd like to keep the 3 speed which works well, I have tested it on roads I ride daily and it does not have the range needed. I test road a bike with a 5 speed hub and had no problem flying up hills.
Aside from stretching the frame and fork a bit to fit the modern hubs are there other issues to give me nightmares and question doing this project? I read on a little vintage raleigh blog that somebody put a new fork on because the original fork drop outs cannot take modern hubs. Is this true or false? It is possible to put a modern drum brake hub on the fork?
I know there are endless threads on the forum about raleigh sports and wheels. I am trying to decide whether to go up to 700 or down to 650b. I want to keep the fenders and have read that one can fit 32 or 35 width wheels on with fenders.
Are the new 26x 1 3/8 rims strong enough for internal and drum brake hubs?