Question RE: vintage bikes & clydes
Hey, y'all. Been a while since I've posted.
I was getting my hybrid ready for this year's riding season when it was stolen. So, now the only bike I have is a vintage Fuji 12 speed (18, speed, really, someone added a front cog). I've done some upgrades to it (handlebars, brakes), but the back wheel is problematic. It's breaking spokes. I need to replace it. That's why I put the bike up and went back to riding the hybrid.
So, the Fuji has 27" wheels. I have read that the S12-S was a good candidate for a 700c conversion, but I have never done anything of that sort before. Since the rear derailleur is a 6 speed freewheel setup, finding something that I could convert to seems like it might be more of a PITA than it's worth.
So, what would you do (other than go find and maim a thief)? I could use a 27" Sun CR-18 dual wall rim and rebuild the back wheel using the original hub, or I could get a 700c dual wall rim and do the same thing - but that would mean replacing the front wheel as well.
Also, I'm not against the idea of rebuilding the wheel myself, but I've never done that before. I have a book called "The Bicycle Wheel" by Jobst Brandt. It gives fairly detailed wheel building instructions. I don't have a truing station or a tool to properly dish the wheel.
Any suggestions? Have any of you built a wheel and are willing to offer a few tips?