Working on my first fixie
Couple weeks ago I found a Univega Sportour that had been hiding in my girlfriend's basement. She said I could take it, and now I'm plotting it's transformation into a fixie.
Here's my question. It has a Uniglide freehub on it (DOH!) so I'm looking at buying a new rear wheel. The bike currently has 27" wheels on it that are in decent shape (a little out of true, but that's it). However, with those 27s, the standover height is a little too big (I'm touching the top tube). So, I'm thinking about swapping to 700s to at least get a few more mm to possibly prevent an incredibly painful mishap. Here's the advantages I can think of for going to 700s
Better standover height
More tire choices.
If I ever decide to upgrade/get a nicer frame, I would definitely be able to use the 700s on the new frame
Have to buy a wheelset instead of just a rear wheel ($80 more)
Might need new brake calipers (my current ones have a couple more mm of reach left in them, so it would be close).
I've been leaning toward the 700s (partially because I have a bday coming up so I might be able to convince my parents to help out). What do you guys think? Do I have enough reason to go with 700s? Or am I completely out of my mind for considering it.
'81 (or is it an '82?) Univega Sportour (fixie conversion)
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