Attempting to install a 700C wheel on my 26" rear frame
As my name might imply, I have built a DIY recumbent using a 26" donor Huffy mountain bike from my youth (>20 years old) and a smaller 20" freestyle bicycle for the front. I think this is the right forum to find some friendly folks to help me figure out this customization issue.
The rear wheel's axle has seen better days and has about 3/4" of play. I could still test ride it, but I know it's not safe that way and have only test ridden it about a half mile total.
For an upgrade, I bought this 700C rear rim from Amazon and a free wheel gear cassette to go with it with some nice gear ratios for the recumbent.
I know that the 700C is larger diameter than my older 26" rim, and I am prepared to move the brake mount location to accommodate the new rim.
However, here is my question, the threaded axle does not stick out far enough for me to put a nut on either side. Does this mean I need to buy a quick release (e.g. this one) or is there another solution?
I don't know much about bicycles.
Lastly, the recumbent weighs in at 62 pounds. I am about 215 pounds. Can the 700C rim handle that kind of weight? It is possible that, aside from being old and well used years ago, the weight is what destroyed the old rim axle bearings.
Thanks in advance!