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27 inch wheels?!?!(10 posts)

27 inch wheels?!?!mtnbkr
Aug 12, 2002 10:24 PM
I have two older road bikes (12 speeds) one with a good frame and the other with a bad frame but good 105 components. I am trying to build up one good one bike out of the 2 (ok, I use the term good liberally). Problem is the "good" frame uses 27" wheels, the pair I have are usable but have solid axles. I realize this is older stuff but I don't do much road riding so I don't need much. Does/did anyone make a good quality 27 inch wheel with QR's and where can I find a set now? Thanks in advance.
re: 27 inch wheels?!?!BIGBOB
Aug 13, 2002 3:33 AM
Nashbar has a pair of wheels from Velocity that run $70 for the rear and $60 for the front. You can choose from either a freewheel, or a freehub for a cassette on the rear. Another option is to cruise thrift shops for a $30 bike with an aluminum set of wheels. You might luck out and find something with a quick release.

Good Luck, Bob.
if the wheels are usable, just replace the axles with Quick R's.Steve_0
Aug 13, 2002 3:43 AM
It's never just that easy.Spoke Wrench
Aug 13, 2002 5:31 AM
QR front axles are "fatter" than your existing solid axles. To convert the front wheel to quick release you will have to force fit the QR axle set into your existing hub, hope that the new cones come somewhere close to matching your hub's dust covers, and grind out your fork to accept the fatter axle.

Converting the rear hub is relatively easy. The biggest deal is getting the axle length right to fit your frame.
fair enough; didnt consider the front.Steve_0
Aug 13, 2002 5:39 AM
re: 27 inch wheels?!?!RickC5
Aug 13, 2002 5:26 AM
20+ years ago, the 27" wheel was a viable alternative to the 700C, especially for touring bikes. There MUST be some sets of 27" wheels floating around, even with QRs. The idea of scrounging in Goodwill stores or flea markets is good, or you can call all your LBSs and see if they might just have a pair stashed away in the attic.
re: 27 inch wheels?!?!JimP
Aug 13, 2002 5:40 AM
You could check to see if a 700c wheel would work. The 27" rim is 630mm in diameter where a 700c rim is 622mm - a difference of 8 mm in diameter or 4mm in radius. Since the 700c rim is slightly smaller, the wheel and tire should fit. The question will be if the brake pads can be adjusted to meet the rim, 4mm further away from the arch. Loose Screws (Third Hand) does have some brake drop bolts that might work to lower the brakes if necessary.
re: 27 inch wheels...Loose Screws (Third Hand) ?mtnbkr
Aug 13, 2002 8:58 AM
If I could drop the brakes alittle I could use the 700cc 105 wheels that I have, I tried but they wont quite make it. What is "Loose Screws (Third Hand)" ?
Thanks to all for the help!
Loose Screws (Third Hand) ?JimP
Aug 13, 2002 1:58 PM

This is a company that specializes in small parts for bicycles. The following link is for a drop bolt for Shimano front brakes - not cheap - $38.25

So - if this solution works, it will be $76.50 to use your existing 105 wheels and brakes. I think that even at this price, it is cheaper than finding replacement 27" wheels. Also, there is a much better selection of tires for 700c than 27".

Loose Screws ?mtnbkr
Aug 13, 2002 9:03 PM
Thanks for the info Jim. A few more calls and some searching turned up another solution. Mostly riding off road, I don't run into these problems but I'll post it here in case it can help someone else. Brakes have a "reach" that allows them to work with the different wheels. Looking at some specs I found short reach 37-50mm which is standard and usually ommitted and some brakes which have a longer reach 47-57mm (these numbers vary by model). I ordered a set of these longer reach brakes for $65/pair. Cheaper than drop bolts which I was told are not to be used with my single pivot brakes. Thanks to all.