Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Melbourne, Aus
Bikes: Bates (of Coburg) track bike(60s/70s?), Malvern Star Ladies coronation (1953), SuperElliots pathracer (60s?), Repco pathracer (1964), Holland Ladies (50s?), Moa (50s?), Hillman Ladies (40s?), Batavia? (40s?), Malvern Star 2 star ladies (50s?)...etc.
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I'd go 27". Most of the time it makes the bike look anaemic when people transfer from 27" to 700. This can be remedied by using 700 x 32 tyres, but it doesn't seem like a widely used option.
Sure you get more tyre choice with 700c but I like a couple of the 27 tyres on the market and they're cheaper. And why worry about the extra expense of new tyres/tubes if you've already got some?
I had also once pondered the "buy 700s so I can transfer them later" question. In the end though, I realised that I'd always be able to find a use for them. There's plenty of nice, cheap (sometimes free!!) frames around just waiting for a nice 27" wheelset.... If worse comes to worse you could always sell them later.