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Vintage bike, new wheels, utter confusion.

Old 09-07-08, 06:53 PM
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Vintage bike, new wheels, utter confusion.

Hello all,

I recently picked up a bike for ten bucks (yeah, it's a Huffy, you get what you pay for I suppose) with the intent of having it around as a project as well as a boost around campus. Well, I started fixing it up the other day only to find that the spokes were rather loose (and some missing), and upon asking the fine folks at the local bike shop, the wheels themselves were not worth the trouble to repair.

Being that it's a rather old bike, they didn't carry the wheels necessary to replace them. However, they did give me the dimensions of the wheels so I could find some myself. 26x1 3/8, with a 597 bead diameter. So I did some searching and found some wheels online that I'd like to purchase, though they make no mention of the bead diameter at all in the descriptions; is this a problem? If I were to buy these wheels, would my existing frame tires fit them alright?

Any help greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance,
Robert
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Old 09-07-08, 08:03 PM
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That's an odd size that apparently was common on Schwinns as listed below. Unfortunately there is also a 26 x 1 3/8 with a 590mm bsd. You will need to know which you are getting as they are not directly interchangeable. If worse comes to worse, you can buy the new wheels and if they are the 590mm bsd you can still use them but you would need new tires.I would just call and ask the place or shoot them an email.

26 x 1 3/8 (S-6) 597 mm Schwinn "lightweights"

26 x 1 3/8 (E.A.3) 590 mm Most 3-speeds, department-store or juvenile 10 speeds
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