I'm getting tired of talking to bike mechanics and bike shop workers.
I'm building a single speed rear wheel for a 700c Raleigh Gran Prix. The wheel is a 700c road rim spaced for 135mm (the bike is closer to 125). It takes a thread-on freewheel. It's currently dished for a 6ish speed freewheel.
I've been all around Virginia Beach looking for an 18t freewheel to put on this wheel, since it looks like I'm going to have to use the 52t chainring up front (it's a 3 bolt cottered crank). Everywhere I go, not only does the shop not have any 18t freewheels, but the guys at the shop moan to me about how it just won't work. "Mehmehmeh, you'll have to redish the wheel, you won't get the spacing right, you have to bring the wheel in, it's not made for that, your chain won't fit, BLAHBLAHBLAHBLAHBLAH..."
All I need are some smaller spacers and a freewheel so I can chop the axle, redish the wheel, hook up the chain, and ride the bike. Am I wrong to think that I can do this? I mean, come on, I ride a fixed gear with a suicide wheel that I respaced and redished myself. I can imagine no reason why I shouldn't just be able to move the hub over to get a proper chainline.
Am I being totally unreasonable? Should I just resign myself to mailorder?