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Retrofit old department store bike or...EMR
Jun 5, 2002 8:22 AM
I found this old Sears-Roebuck 3 speed bike in the trash the other day. I assume it's from the 60's or 70's. It's got an internal 3 speed hub. Yeah, I know it's a department store bike, but I'd like to retrofit it. It uses the old 26x1 3/8 (590mm-not the same as MTB 26" tires) To get it up and running I slapped a MTB wheel with a slick tire on the front, but it looks funny because the front wheel is obviously much smaller. My question is, should I get a new, hard to find 26x1 3/8(590mm) front wheel built for it, or instead have the rear hub relaced to a standard MTB 26" rim? I checked already and the brakes will reach. Since it is a junker, I'm not trying to restore it or anything. Any suggestions?
Do it right, no sweat!scottfree
Jun 5, 2002 9:29 AM
The venerable Sheldon Brown ( has everything you need, hubs, rims, tires ... His shop specializes in parts for old 3-speeds like this.

I had this exact model bike back in college, by the way.