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Old 06-06-09, 05:19 PM   #1
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I'm helping a friend convert an old road bike she has into a fixed, and I'm having trouble finding some of the parts. She has an old Miyata Junior frame and it has some tiny 24" wheels on it. 700s are way too big to fit in the frame, and she said she already tried to fit 650s with no luck. Anyone have a source for really small wheels/rims that might work and not absolutely break the bank? She was quoted over $800 to have wheels built by the shop she went to, so I'm just trying to help a friend out. Thanks for anything that may work out.
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Does the existing hub use a freewheel or a cassette? If it's a freewheel you could remove it, rotafix a cog on, and use a BB lockring and some lock-tite. This shoudl work okay if she doesn't plan to be doing mad skids.

The shop wanted $800 to cut the old hub out and install a new on in the original rim?! I'd never go to that shop again!
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The shop wanted $800 to cut the old hub out and install a new on in the original rim?! I'd never go to that shop again!
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Old 06-07-09, 09:10 AM   #4
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I know I can just lace in a new hub or switch out the freewheel. Sorry, I should have been more specific, the wheels on there now are old steel wheels. She wants to get away from those and get some lighter aluminum wheels. So, what I'm looking for is a source for small aluminum rims that might fit the bike
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you could find some pretty cheap 24" bmx cruiser rims to throw on there that would almost definitely be a step above what you're workin' with. I've seen a set of Sun ICI-1 jr cruiser rims laces up to 28h formulas. worked pretty nicely.
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djeucalyptus, thanks alot. I didn't even think about BMX wheels, I think those are just about perfect for what I'm looking for. Now, I'm off to the internet to find some rims and all that good stuff. Thanks again for all the help guys
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no problem. One thing to keep in mind (which you may be well aware of): be sure to consider the rim width of bmx rims... many standard 24" rims are wider than would be suitable for a road/fixie tire like the kenda k40. so unless you want to run wider tires, be sure to look for the narrower racing rims (or maybe even jr/mini cruiser rims). good luck. and post pics when you finish it all up!
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