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Old 03-11-10, 08:49 PM
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skinny dropouts, need wheel

I have an old schwinn that initially had a 126mm OLN rear hub in the rear dropouts. For some reason, the dropouts now are measuring at 114mm, and the 126mm wheel I have (converted to a single speed freewheel) is not going in for love or money.

Anyone know where I can get a 27" wheel with OLN of 114mm? I know some single speed wheels have a 110mm, but that's cutting it pretty tight, depending on whether it's a QR or not.
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Sounds to me like it was impacted (or maybe stepped on while on its side?) and the frame is no longer in alignment, going for a skinnier rear hub is not the answer, assuming this is a steel bike you can cold set the frame back to where it should be, its not hard heres an excelent guide https://sheldonbrown.com/frame-spacing.html, except use the string trick to determine how out of alignment it is first to figure out where you need to make the most significant changes.

EDIT: also as far as I know 110 is extinct, although now that I think about it I'm pretty sure 114 was used on 3-4 speeds, also extinct though, if the frame is actualy 114 and not just out of alignment, cold setting to 120(if your going SS) would still be my suggestion
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Originally Posted by cnnrmccloskey
EDIT: also as far as I know 110 is extinct, although now that I think about it I'm pretty sure 114 was used on 3-4 speeds, also extinct though, if the frame is actualy 114 and not just out of alignment, cold setting to 120(if your going SS) would still be my suggestion
+1. Those old Schwinn frames came in 110mm OLD (coaster brake), 118mm (internal hub), and 120mm (derailleur). It's not a big deal to tweak the frame for different widths- the frames are heavy-gauge steel and will accept almost endless "cold-setting". Just pull the stays apart until they stay set at the correct width, adjust so they're even side-to-side, and align the dropouts. A good bike shop should be able to handle this if you don't want to.
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