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Old 10-01-12, 12:56 AM   #1
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putting smaller wheels on this specific bike...possible?


I'm trying to lower my schwinn Willy black 7 speed by 2 inches. Current specs are 700c wheels and i'd like to replace these with 26 inch ones. I'd be fully prepared to buy new rims, shorter cranks, parts, etc if necessary

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The tough part will be finding brakes with enough reach. A 650b conversion is possible, but tough to justify the cost.
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To lower your bike by 2", you'll need to reduce the wheel diameter by 4" -- even converting to 26"/559mm rims and using the skinniest tires available won't do that unless you were using big 700C tires before.

So, let's hear why you need/want to do this.
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I converted a Varsity to 26" rims by using a coaster brake. It's the bike in my sig.
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Coaster brake, drum brakes, disc brakes if you have money to prepared to build your wheels.

+1 on probably not worth the cost, trouble, and differences in handling incurred.
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Plus you would ground the pedal if you leaned even a little bit while pedalling, unless you also went to shorter cranks.
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