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Wheel Avice - Going to 700C Freewheel to Cassette

Old 04-14-13, 08:35 PM
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Wheel Avice - Going to 700C Freewheel to Cassette

I bought a Lotus Eclair in the fall and tore it down this winter and cleaned it up. Now I'm ready to put the thing back together and get it on the road, but I'm having issues with the current 27" wheels. This bike lived it's life pretty close to the water and seems like it was never properly serviced. The cartridge bearings in the hubs are shot and I'm having a crazy difficult time trying to get them out. At this point I haven't given up, but I also just want to get the bike back on the road.

I'm thinking of buying a cheap wheelset just so I can get this thing going for now. I'm inclined to go 700c just to have more options. I tried sticking an old 700c wheel and it seems like changing from 27" to 700c won't be a problem. I'm also wondering if it would make sense or is even possible to use a wheel with a cassette instead of freewheel.

If anyone could make a recommendation on a cheap wheelset I'd appreciate it as I'm pretty much a noob. Oh and I'd love to get one that is all black if possible. Probably not very C&V, but I think it would look nice on this bike.

Thanks in advance......
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Old 04-15-13, 06:54 PM
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Do you have a bearing removal tool? I'll see if I can find a pic somewhere.

As for the wheels if the brakes line up your good to go but you may need to change to a longer reach brake.

If you get a 8+ spd cassette you may have trouble getting them to fit in the rear triangle. You can either deal with the fit, take it a good shop and have the rear spread out (aka 'coldset') for the new hubs, or find a do it yourself guide on the net. Depending on how hard it is to get them in and out I would use a good tire like a Pasela Tour Guard and not worry about the spacing.
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Cheap wheelset? That's easy, if you are patient. I see used wheelsets all of the time, at tasty prices, and they usually include skewers, cassette, tires, and tubes. Saw two sets this week.

Over 500 bikes, I have yet to have bought a new wheel yet. Its bound to happen someday, but I have a hefty supply of nice used ones right now (at least a couple of years worth). Some of my wheelsets have come to me in the form of a complete bike.

The more resourceful you are, the better deal you will find.

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Bianchigirll, I tried an Abi Enduro bearing puller, but unless I'm missing something it seems to be for a hub with a larger diameter. I'm a pretty hack, novice mechanic so it wouldn't surprise me if there is a better tool out there though, or if I'm just missing something. I'm fine with sticking with six speeds, I was wondering though if there are six speed cassettes that would be compatible and if there was an advantage to cassettes over freewheels.

I'm sure I could get a better deal buying a bike of CL for the wheels, but I just don't have the time. I did some googling and it looks like I can get a cheap wheelset for 100.00 that'll get me on the road and at this point I really just want to get out riding.
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