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Old 07-07-05, 10:17 PM   #1
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Are they extant?



Does anyone out there produce/sell 27" track wheels, or do I have to build one myself?

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Old 07-07-05, 10:20 PM   #2
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Sheldon Brown over at Harris would be glad to sell you one.
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You oughta be able to find plenty used...
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why would you want one?
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why would you want one?


Got an 80s frame and I'd rather keep 27"ers than put on smaller 700cs. And plus, this way, I figured I could just use an old 27"er for the front and only have to swap out the rear. Not a good reason?

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Old 07-08-05, 07:50 AM   #6
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Really? An ebay search yielded nothing, and I don't see anyone selling anything here in NYC. I guess if I knew some hardcore track riders, but I don't.

I'll try and post in the marketplace forum.

I also found that Harris cyclery/sheldon brown sell a rear for about 100 bucks.

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"why would you want one?"

why not?

anyhooo, i think el twe meant you can find plenty of 27" freehubs. And you certainly can. 27" trackhubs are prolly a pretty rare find.
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Harris Cyclery has the wheels w/ track hubs for $100 bucks. They're good. I have one. It rolls nicely.
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build one...
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<sigh>I was afraid someone would throw this one at me. First I'm going to look into the Harris one. I'm having a hard enough time extracting a seized seatpost, removing and old crank and extricating a BMX freewheel. Too many projects, not enough focus. </sigh>


A wheel's going to get me focused. Must...roll!
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i think bens bikes or nycbikes has them on eBay occasionally as well...though I have never worked with either of those dealers. I can recommend Harris wholeheartedly. THey got the goods.
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maybe because they don't exist... what would a hub have to do with the size of the rim. you just use shorter or longer spokes (smack!)
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<sigh>I was afraid someone would throw this one at me. First I'm going to look into the Harris one. I'm having a hard enough time extracting a seized seatpost, removing and old crank and extricating a BMX freewheel. Too many projects, not enough focus. </sigh>


A wheel's going to get me focused. Must...roll!
Frankly, building a wheel is a lot less annoying than removing a stuck or damaged part. I rebuilt my 27" wheels into fixed gear with a truing stand on my lap and Sheldon Brown's site on the computer in front of me. I think it's a useful skill to have. You can always pay a shop $15 or whatever they charge...
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Huh. Okay. Well then I'll think about doing it. Maybe I just need to take all these stuck parts into a shop and have them take care of that for me. I just don't have good leverage in my tiny apt (no bench vise er nuthin'.)

Did you completely re-build, or respace/redish?

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I completely rebuilt. I wanted to have a real fixed gear hub on the rear, so I got an IRO flip-flop. I got new spokes as well, DT swiss 14ga.
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