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Old 08-06-06, 12:30 AM   #1
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Good quality 27 inch front wheel?

I've recently done a fixed wheel conversion to a road bike with a good quality (track) rear wheel (700c). The front wheel is an old 27 inch one and I am having a great deal of difficulty finding a reasonably good quality 27 inch wheel for the front in Australia (the front brake will not reach a 700C, and I've been told that it is not possible to change the brakes). Any ideas appreciated.
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Old 08-06-06, 01:26 AM   #2
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(a) ride brakeless, or (b) find a way to put on long reach brakes.
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Old 08-06-06, 02:38 AM   #3
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buy a long reach caliper your lbs should have a decent one as long as you live in a state capital or a decent sized town.

Or buy another fork and run the caliper you have but figure out if you run a different raked fork the steering is not going to be adversely affected.

Dont bother with trying to find a decent 27inch wheel.
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(the front brake will not reach a 700C, and I've been told that it is not possible to change the brakes).
It sounds like this frame doesn't deserve a good front wheel. I'm assuming it's steel and doesn't brake well but my advice is to just live with it until you get a nicer bike. Buying wheel you won;t be able to use on any other bike for a junker is probably a waste of money.
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Old 08-06-06, 04:24 PM   #5
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I've recently done a fixed wheel conversion to a road bike with a good quality (track) rear wheel (700c). The front wheel is an old 27 inch one and I am having a great deal of difficulty finding a reasonably good quality 27 inch wheel for the front in Australia (the front brake will not reach a 700C, and I've been told that it is not possible to change the brakes). Any ideas appreciated.
Where are you?

Aluminium 27" wheels aren't that hard to find, I have two pair. Then your only issue is tyres, as you're pretty much limited to K-Mart.

A long reach brake will usually work, unless the frame had huge clearances in the first place. Why can't you change the brake? Post a pic.

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Where are you?

Aluminium 27" wheels aren't that hard to find, I have two pair. Then your only issue is tyres, as you're pretty much limited to K-Mart.
I found some pretty decent specialized 27inch tyres at my lbs for $22.50 a tyre. not the best but still pretty good. Keep away from the kmart special all I got out of them was flat tyres about 1 every two weeks.
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nashbar has some decent 27 inch tires. i still ride 27s on my road bike and i just picked up some continentals for something like five bones a tire. they ride pretty nice too.
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nashbar has some decent 27 inch tires. i still ride 27s on my road bike and i just picked up some continentals for something like five bones a tire. they ride pretty nice too.
I tried getting some stuff shipped from Nashbar once. 20 emails back and forth, bank wouldn't verify the shipping address, nogo. If you're in Oz and don't have a) a USfriend or b)AmEx, forget about it.
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oh dip. i didn't even think about the original poster being from out of the country.
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Where can you find a good long-reach brake online? Just converted an old 70's Raleigh and am running into the same problem, brake-wise up front and can find nothing at the LBS (forget about them ordering anything, they never get it in).
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ebay. you shouldn't have a hard time finding a modestly priced long reach caliper there.
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Old Weinman center pulls are plentiful in long reach, and they work quite well.
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