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Need help finding wheel set for old juvenile sized road bike

Old 02-26-11, 08:42 PM
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Need help finding wheel set for old juvenile sized road bike

Hey. I'm a new rider and I'm looking to convert my old road bike to fixed gear but I am unable to find any wheel set that would be small enough to fit my current frame. I'm a smaller guy (5'4") and I've tried out bikes with 27" wheels but they're always too big for me. My current road bike is an old juvenile sized bike from the 70's I think. It was my dad's bike when he was my age. I measured the rims and they're 24". Any help would be much appreciated.
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Old 02-26-11, 08:45 PM
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Hmm perhaps a 48cm - 51cm frame?
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It isn't like you're a dwarf or something. Plenty of normal adult bikes will fit you.

Nobody makes good 24" wheels because they are intended for kid bikes, which normally aren't very good. You might be able to get 26" wheels into the frame.
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Old 02-27-11, 12:23 AM
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Sell it and get one with a sloping top tube. Your fellas will thank you. I wouldn't sink any money on a bike frame that doesn't fit me. You are just going to set yourself up for disappontment.
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My 5'3" wife has no trouble riding 49-51cm frames w/ 700c wheels and neither should you.
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you could try sourcing some of the bmx rims they use for juniors they are usually 24" and quite narrow
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Old 02-27-11, 11:46 AM
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Velocity makes rims in 24" incl. the aerohead,so you could have a set built.The downside is that the wheelset is going to be as much as a Bikes Direct complete in a small size.
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Thank you all for your replies. This is way newb of me but I have no idea what the frame size is. How would I measure this?

edit: did a bit of googling and did a measurement (from center of bottom bracket to top of seat tube) which wound up to be 23" or 58.4cm. I have no idea what that means though. I will continue my research but still hope for any assistance you guys might bestow.

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Old 02-28-11, 04:37 AM
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sheldonbrown.com use it for reference lots of good info
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Are the old tires still on the bike? If they are, take a look at the sidewalls, there should be some numbers on them. You should find a set that looks like 27"x1 1/2" or 23x622. I suspect that you don't have 24" wheels if you have a 58cm seat tube. A 58 is pretty much the middle of standard road sizes.
This page will give you a good overview of tire/wheel sizing.
https://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html
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If you're 5'4" tall, you're never going to be comfortable riding a 58cm frame and should be looking for a smaller bike somewhere in the 51-53cm range.
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Originally Posted by Retem View Post
you could try sourcing some of the bmx rims they use for juniors they are usually 24" and quite narrow


I wish I could ride a bike with 24" wheels, I would totally get some Skyway mags!
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you know they were making a 26" for a while
but as far as 24" rock an old bmx cruiser
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