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    swapping out 27" wheels for 700?

    im trying to swap out some 27" wheels from my 80' schwinn traveler. will i have any problems fitting them? what about problems with the brakes fitting??

    thanks

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    Depends on the bike.

    On some bikes you can simply readjust the brake pads downward and you're good-to-go.
    Sometimes you need to replace the original calipers with long reach calipers.
    Bikes that were originally designed with a lot of tire and fender clearance won't work.

    The easiest and most reliable thing is to find someone who has a bike with 700c wheels and trial fit them.

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    When I switched to 700c, I had the brakes not reaching problem. Bought long reach type, like Retro Grouch mentions, and now I'm good. good luck.

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    On my 80's Fuji, I didn't have a problem, the existing brakes, to my surprise reach fine.

    If they don't fit, you can always get some long reach brakes, I think. Probably find some used ones on Ebay for cheap.
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    You might look for drop bolts if your brakes don't allow the pads to adjust lower. . .

    Here's "how to install" the nicer machined ones: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/dpdropbolt.html, but you'll have to hunt for 'em.

    There's a page on Sheldon's site on a DIY if looks don't matter: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/home-drop.html
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