Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Central Coast, CA
Bikes: Surly LHT, Specialized Rockhopper, Nashbar Touring (old), Specialized Stumpjumper (older), Nishiki Tourer (model unknown)
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Is buying a bike with 27" wheels a good idea?
Greetings. I'm trying to help some people acquire bikes for touring. I see older touring bikes with 27" wheels on Ebay quite often - usually pretty cheap. Would buying such a bike be a good idea?
On my own bike I want really strong wheels - especially the rear - to carry a load and avoid breaking spokes. Are there still suitable 27" wheels, hubs, gears, etc. available?
If one were going to replace the wheels on an old Ebay bike, would it be better to convert to 700mm?
What about dropout width? Will those old bikes be compatible with modern equipment? Would you have to go with 7-speed clusters? Would you have to look for old equipment to match the old bike?
I have an old 15-speed Nishiki touring bike out in the shed. A guy was selling an old set of panniers at a garage sale for $25, and he said that if I bought the panniers I'd have to take the bike too. Should I consider fixing it up for a friend, or would the friend become an enemy if he tried to take the bike on tour?
Thanks in advance to anyone who responds!