Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Florence, KY
Bikes: Mostly English - predominantly Raleighs
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You might want to double-check the spacing on the wheel you're putting in. 120mm is the nominal spacing for a 5 speed, but it is possible that the spacing is set for something wider (126mm, and 130mm are common for 6 & 7 speed rears) and that they just put a 5 speed freewheel on that. If your rear is wider than 120mm, I would advuse you to see if you can replace the axle with a narrower one, and change the spacers appropriately (a decent LBS could help you with that).
Regardless of whether you do this or not, check how the rim fits between the brake pads. It is entirely possible (almost certain if you have to change the axle) that you will have to modify the dishing of the wheel so that the rim is centered properly. If you're not sure what this means or how it would be done, either let me know, take a look at the Maintenance board, or check Sheldon Brown's web site.
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