So--my bro's wedding is in 2 days and the conversion i am building for him is almost done. All I need to do is install the brake, slap on a chain, and tighten my stack bolts. I have 1 remaining problem. Because it is a conversion, the seatstays were much wider than the rear wheel axle. I had an LBS realign the back a while ago so it would fit 120 spacing. However, there still is about a 1 (1 1/2) inch gap or so between the inside of the dropout and the hub. I assume this problem can be solved my using spacers. as tightening the nuts down without something applying pressure on the other side would probably be a bad idea, right?
My question is----must I use some sort of special bike specific wheel axle spacer, or can I go to the local ace and get some 15 mm nuts and washers to do the job?
replies are most welcome. This has been a 9 mo project and a money pit--i promised my bro it would be done b/4 the wedding---so I am on my last leg. thanks in advance