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I need old wheels for a beater! help!(6 posts)

I need old wheels for a beater! help!mattcrout
Apr 8, 2003 2:09 PM
I have the oportunity to get a older 531 steel bike that i would like to turn into a single speed, or just a beater. Problem is, bike doesn't have any wheels. It's got 126 spacing in the rear. I want to do this on the cheap!! i have very little money. Where can I get some cheap used wheels. is it possible to find any? freewheel, freehub, i don't care! any ideas? Thanks!
Are you anywhere near Trexlertown, PA?Humma Hah
Apr 8, 2003 2:20 PM
The Lehigh Valley Velodrome is gonna have a bodacious swap meet up there this Saturday. You'll find your wheels, guaranteed.
I live in Seattle, Wa (NM)mattcrout
Apr 8, 2003 2:27 PM
Try Recycled Cycles in the U District.shamelessgearwhore
Apr 8, 2003 2:43 PM
mind a drive to Bellingham?pappy_d
Apr 8, 2003 6:01 PM
I'm not sure if they have single speed wheels, but up here in Bellingham (WA 98225) there is a shop called "the hub", it has tones of old road bikes, and its a community/co-op style shop so stuff is really cheap- ( bunch of hippies who don't always know what they have)

The Hub
903 1/2 N. State St.
Bellingham WA 98225
(360) 255-2072
re: I need old wheels for a beater! help!ukiahb
Apr 8, 2003 6:15 PM
Once you find your wheels, it is also possible to remove all the cogs from an old freewheel and replace only the #2 cog, which usually screws on...did this with an old Suntour freewheel for my fixie, worked fine (was SS until I welded the freewheel together), the cog was an 18t. There is a trick to remove the cogs I learned from a book...if you break the chain and wrap the upper run over an intermediate cog and the lower run over the smallest cog (from underneath), you can unscrew the small cog by pedalling backwards...the cog usually comes loose suddenly, so you need to be carefull. This is a good way to make a DIY single speed freewheel, or replace a drive side spoke if you don't have a freewheel remover