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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 10-15-09, 07:18 AM   #1
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any suggestions for 27" rim for a clyde

Are there any clydes who have built up a wheel with new 27" rims? If so, what did you use? What's working, what didn't work for you?

I picked up an new old road bike and don't feel like converting it to 700c. I know I'd have more options if I convert, but I've got extra 27" hardware around and don't want to change the classic look if I don't have to.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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Old 10-15-09, 07:21 AM   #2
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I think Sun still has 27" rims. I think Niagra Cycle and Jenson USA carries them if you are looking for rims to build out with your existing hubs.
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I have had great success with using Sun rims CR18's per a suggestion from the late Sheldon Brown.
I am 6'2" and 265 lbs. - they are very strong and durable and look right on a vintage bike.

http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/rims/630.html
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Beautiful bike!

FWIW, the 4mm difference in radius to switch to 700C will not change the look of the bike much at all... you would probably have to read the sidewall of the tire to know for sure...

Whatever rim you get just make sure it is expertly tensioned and stress relieved to get maximum benifit.
My favourite 27" tires are Continentals, when you are ready to swap those out too.
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OMG, is that Fuji a Special Road Racer?! I've had the same model since 1977-- though all that's left of the original now is the frame and top of the headset. And yeah, Sun CR 18s with Contis are the [only] way to go. Also you'd have a hard time converting that bike to 700C because of the long reach from the brake mounts.
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OMG, is that Fuji a Special Road Racer?! I've had the same model since 1977-- though all that's left of the original now is the frame and top of the headset. And yeah, Sun CR 18s with Contis are the [only] way to go. Also you'd have a hard time converting that bike to 700C because of the long reach from the brake mounts.
27's are taller than 700-C's
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Your brake pads look like they are set too low which makes me think the bike could run 622's instead of 630's.

CR18's a pretty bombproof and make a nice wheel... with so many older bikes being put back into service we might see a better supply of 27 inch rims for rebuilds.

I am sure there are stocks of them stashed all over the place.
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I have had great success with using Sun rims CR18's per a suggestion from the late Sheldon Brown.
I am 6'2" and 265 lbs. - they are very strong and durable and look right on a vintage bike.

http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/rims/630.html
Here is a link for 27" tires from Harris Bike Shop (where the late Sheldon Brown used to work and who still host his site!).

http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/tires/630.html

I can vouch for the Conti Ultra Gaterskins which I have on two of my bikes - they are worth the price and have a very nice ride and I never had a flat with them. The Michelin World Tour Gumwall tires are $18.00 cheaper though and look perfect for a classic restoration. Has anyone ever used them before?
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