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Old 11-01-15, 07:54 AM
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where to get hubs for old 27" wheels

I am trying to put an old bike back running for commuting. Preferrably something with no value that I won't bother with rain or worry for theft or vanI have this old one, which is in pretty good shape except for the hubs. The rims are OK enough, but the hubs are so pitted from more than 35 years of rain and hanging on the wall that clean and grease is still very rough. The rear hub is 120mm, the front 80mm (I think), holding a 5-speed freewheel. Ideally, this bike will be 0 dollars, or as close to that as is possible. Bending 120mm to 130mm is way too far I think!

If I wanted to replace the wheels or hubs, I think my options are:
1) HTFU and just ride them
2) find another old bike that's in decent shape, use those
3) make 120mm track hubs and fixed gear
4) buy a newer bike, since that's what I really want

Can replacement hubs, or wheels, be found?
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Old 11-01-15, 08:01 AM
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If you intend to stay with the 5 speed freewheel, then about any freewheel style hub should do.
You may have to shorten the axle to fit into 120mm, but that's no big deal, provided you can get the proper spacers.
If you plan to use new spokes (recommended,) then hub dimensions are not critical.
Just use a spoke calculator to get the correct spoke lengths.
Main wrinkle would come only if you have solid axles.
Replace with the same if you wish, or change to quick release if you choose to do so.
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Old 11-01-15, 08:03 AM
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Originally Posted by _je View Post
Ideally, this bike will be 0 dollars, or as close to that as is possible.
There's the key to your answer. One of the easiest things to do is to convert a cheap old bicycle into an expensive old bicycle that has a few new parts. The quick/ dirty solution is to find a donor bike that still has suitable wheels. A replacement front wheel is going to be easier to find than the rear. It might be possible to find an old rear wheel with a similar hub that you can salvage parts from.

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You can spread it to 126 mm in the rear: Sun CR18 27 5,6,7 Speed Freewheel hubs Road Bike Wheelset [72274726665] - $115.00 Velomine.com : Worldwide Bicycle Shop, fixed gear track bike wheelsets campagnolo super record vintage bike

You might want to post some pics of the bike in the classic and vintage forum. We like fixing up old bikes but if the wheels are this far gone, it may be that his project is not worth your while and you should look for "new" used bike.
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Old 11-01-15, 08:05 AM
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Of course they can be found, but there's no way for anyone else to tell you what you will find, especially as we don't know where you are located. Is there a bike co-op in your area where you can go for possible parts (as well as assistance)? Local Craigslist? Zero dollars is just a bit of a challenge. Probably best that you just ride it, if that is really your goal. Of course eventually it will fail or need repair.
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Old 11-01-15, 09:10 AM
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Originally Posted by _je View Post
Bending 120mm to 130mm is way too far I think!
Cold setting a steel frame from 120mm to 135mm is not difficult. The reason to go to 135mm is low cost MTB hubs. MTB hubs are about one half the cost of comparable road bike hubs at the low to upper mid range, then they start to converge in cost. This is due to volume.

There are lots of 126mm options out there also.
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Commuting? build a 3 speed IGH Rear wheel they are made in a pretty narrow axle and wider so shop carefully .
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Why can't you just ride the bike?. The hubs may feel rough when turned by hand, but do they still roll fine when you're on the bike?
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Commuting? build a 3 speed IGH Rear wheel they are made in a pretty narrow axle and wider so shop carefully .

A 5 Speed wheel will make into a single speed F/W . same screw on , re dish, Spoke tension Balance change,
and axle spacers can move the hub sideways.
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