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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 11-16-08, 10:33 PM   #1
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converting a 27" road bike to a fixtie with 700c's?

I'm converting an old Schwinn roadbike that has 27" tires into a fixed gear and I'm not sure if these wheels will work on it:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=170272561950

i tried looking a couple other places and some threads said they wouldn't fit but all the threads that had to do with SS or fixed gears said there were fine.....

so what's the verdict?
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Old 11-16-08, 10:40 PM   #2
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Guess what,

I bought that exact wheelset. It will be in later this week. It will work fine, as long as you don't plan on running brakes. Unless you can find some long reach brakes, as 27 inch rims are 8 mm larger.
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Old 11-16-08, 10:41 PM   #3
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Oh and I'm converting an old Schwinn Varsity as well. Let us know how it works out.
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Old 11-16-08, 10:42 PM   #4
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Whats your rear hub spacing? If its wider then 120 you need to put spacers on the non drive side of the hub and then get your wheel redished. to be in the middle of your frame
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I thought I needed long reach brakes when I converted my 27" univega, but my brakes just fit, front and rear, just fine. I would get the wheels and adjust the brakes and try it out if they fit. I'm still getting new brakes, but thats cause old ass cheap dia comp suck ass.
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Sometimes you can just use the brakes already on it; there is only a 4mm difference in the radius between 700c and 27" rims. As people have said other times you will need to get a long reach set, tektro ones are about $40.
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Old 11-17-08, 02:39 PM   #7
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i bought the set, so I'll let you guys know how it works out
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It will suck at wheelies. If you're concerned about being a trickster....
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no, definitely not the direction i'm heading in.....
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Whats your rear hub spacing? If its wider then 120 you need to put spacers on the non drive side of the hub and then get your wheel redished. to be in the middle of your frame
Why wouldn't you just put one spacer on each side so the wheel stays centered?
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if your brakes can adjust 4mm down you don't need new ones. i have a schwinn suburban which is very similar and the front brake worked
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Hey guys, I'm new to the fixed scene and was thinking about doing the same thing. I was also wondering what would need to be done to change my wheels from 27's to 700c's. My rear spacing is 130, I'm pretty sure. If a redish is necessary, how much does a LBS usually charge for this?
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Mine said $30-40. But since i leave in CO I decided that steelies braking in the snow/wet wasnt good. So got a cheap Mavic CXP22s for 140 shipped. Had to buy new tires and tubes....but what ev.
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A "fixtie?" Is that where you convert a mixte to a fixie?
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Redishing yourself isn't scary and can be done on the bike. Worth a try and if you stuff it up, just take it to the lbs to sort out.

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