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Searching for Bobby Fixie...JBurton
Aug 8, 2002 4:53 PM
I'm preparing for a grueling day of garage sale-ing on Saturday to, among other things, try to find a candidate for a fixed conversion or (fingers crossed) an actual track frame or bike for sale. What is an easy way to tell the difference between a frame designed for 27" wheels and one for 700c? Come to think of it, I don't know what the diameter difference is between the two wheel sizes either! I really want to steer away from 27"since the tire and rim selection is near nil.
Nashbar and Performance have nice 27" tires nmDjudd
Aug 8, 2002 5:26 PM
(and Nashbar has some velocity 27" rims)Steve_0
Aug 9, 2002 3:18 AM
garage salingSteve_0
Aug 9, 2002 3:23 AM
in my experience, most garage sale pieces have the old, pitted rims still attached; therefore you should have no problems identifying the size.

if you find a good frame in 27 inch, it'll accommodate 700c just fine; the only consideration MAY be the brake caliper; the size diff between 27 and 700 is 4 mm's, so if the calipers dont have 4mm of adjustment on the bottem end, you'll need long-reach brakes.

And dont be afrain of 27 inch; as the other poster stated, there are good options out there. Continental makes an excellant 27 inch tire.
Also look at Goodwill stores and Thrift shops..Dave Hickey
Aug 9, 2002 3:45 AM
I've seen some very good deals on bikes at Goodwill and Thrift stores. I bought a Vitus 979 with full 105 components for $40.00 at a thrift store.
$40 ....... that is some very goodwillSpirito
Aug 10, 2002 7:55 AM
wish my goodwill stores could find such lovelies