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     SeanO updated 11 years, 2 months ago 8 Members · 49 Posts
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  • SeanO

    Member
    26 December 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Hi,

    I’ve stripped down the Hercules Commuter that I got from my Grandad’s. Ordered some drop bars, brake levers and a new seat.

    I’m looking at getting some 700c wheels. There are 26″ on at the min. I think other people have put bigger road wheels on from pics I’ve seen on the net. Looking at these pics can anybody tell if I’ll be able to fit some?

    I’ve loads more questions but this will do for now. 😕

  • Gunner

    Member
    26 December 2008 at 8:28 pm

    I may be wrong, but wouldn’t it have ran 27″ X 1 1/4″ wheels originally.

    I’m sure you coulod pick these up very cheaply plus corresponding tyres from bankrupt cycle shops.

  • SeanO

    Member
    26 December 2008 at 8:30 pm

    I may be wrong, but wouldn’t it have ran 27″ X 1 1/4″ wheels originally.

    I’m sure you coulod pick these up very cheaply plus corresponding tyres from bankrupt cycle shops.

    Are those 700c wheels then? I know nothing about road bikes! 😳

  • Agman

    Member
    26 December 2008 at 11:38 pm

    Probably no doubt, 27″ x 11/4″ wheels. Like hen’s teeth. 700cc would be ok, though slightly bigger. I have some Weinman road brakes if interested.

  • SeanO

    Member
    27 December 2008 at 12:10 am

    Probably no doubt, 27″ x 11/4″ wheels. Like hen’s teeth. 700cc would be ok, though slightly bigger. I have some Weinman road brakes if interested.

    I may have them if they’ll fit my bike & wallet. 😉

    The tyres have 26 x ? on them, although trying to measure them against my mtb wheel they seemed a bit bigger. 😕 I was considering fixed wheel or flip-flop hub but may just go for single speed.

    It’ll be cheaper getting a budget set of wheels & putting a single cog on the cassette.

  • SeanO

    Member
    27 December 2008 at 1:28 am

    Anybody know what type of crank this is and how to dismantle it? 😕

  • Agman

    Member
    27 December 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Don’t know about the type of crank, only it’s retro. However I know that it is the cotter pin type and to get at bottom bracket, just undo nut and with a piece of wood and medium head hammer. Gently tap at the pin, might a good idea to spray some WD-40 first. The bottom bracket will no doubt be retro and will have ballbearings.

  • Agman

    Member
    27 December 2008 at 2:54 pm

    If you could hold on until June and pop down to the York Cycle Show which held over 2 days on a week-end. You probably get decent 2nd hand items in the saddle-bag sale. I’ll be there ofcause.

    http://www.ctc.org.uk/desktopdefault.aspx?tabid=4377

  • SeanO

    Member
    27 December 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks Agman. Just the info I needed.

    Cant wait till next week no matter June!

  • Gunner

    Member
    27 December 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Yeah, like Agman says, knock the cotter pin out, then the chainset will just pull off the axle.

    http://sheldonbrown.com/cotters.html

    You will then be left with the old cup and cone assembly for the bottom bracket, very straightforward, just remove, clean, re-grease and re-assemble providing no damage to the bearings or the cups.

  • Gunner

    Member
    27 December 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Also noticed these, should be a lot cheaper though, I suppose they do include a cassette……….

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BANKRUPT-27-x-1-1-4-ALLOY-BIKE-WHEELS-SILVER-5-6speed_W0QQitemZ170285866610QQihZ007QQcategoryZ58089QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem

  • Agman

    Member
    28 December 2008 at 12:29 am
  • SeanO

    Member
    28 December 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Also noticed these, should be a lot cheaper though, I suppose they do include a cassette……….

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BANKRUPT-27-x-1-1-4-ALLOY-BIKE-WHEELS-SILVER-5-6speed_W0QQitemZ170285866610QQihZ007QQcategoryZ58089QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem

    I saw those but may go for these: 700c wheels

    What do you think?

    If I take into account P&P are they much cheaper than I’d get in a shop?

  • SeanO

    Member
    28 December 2008 at 7:08 pm

    you maybe interested in this, if the teeth are worn. http://www.cyclespares4u.co.uk/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=752

    Ohhhh shiney! 😀

  • Gunner

    Member
    28 December 2008 at 7:22 pm

    Yes, those wheels aren’t bad. The only thing I find with Bankrupt, is their prices seem a tad inflated. I’m pretty sure that a pair of 27 x 1 1/4 inch wheels for example could be found hanging in some old hardware shop for buttons, but it’s the old case of how far do you go looking.

    I know I found a rear wheel in a old shop in North Ormesby which has since closed down and a front wheel in a small shop in Hemlington, both for absolute buttons, they must have had them hanging their for years.

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