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1936 Model C 650B
with the latest trend to new wheel sizes I thought I'd see what
could be done with the original 26' clunker. Back in 1976/1977
when I shared a house with Gary
Fisher and Charley
Kelly we would occasionally sit around the living room talking
about the bikes, etc. Both of them rode road bikes and were comfortable
on the 700c wheel. Gary really didn't like the idea that the clunkers
we were riding had 26" wheels. Kids bike wheels. We all thought
briefly about 650b wheels but didn't know enough about what tires
there were. In 76 that would be a road tire of some sort. We even
considered small MC front wheels, like maybe off a Zundapp 100cc
trials bike or such. In the end the only knobby tire was the 26X2.125
and that became the MTB size. Gary had to wait.
Now, with much thanks to Mr. Pacenti there are tires available
in the 'new' 27.5/650b wheelsize. A borrowed wheelset showed me
how easy it would be to fit them on. I already had these WTB cantilevers
on the bike. They easily handle the larger rim. A trip to ebay
found me a Kinesis fork (aluminum) that is an easy fit. All the
new 650b mountainbike rims have no sidewall braking surface and
are 32 holes. Usually black. I wanted rim braking and 36 holes
for my Suzue hubs.
Weinmanns work okay and aren't much different from what was around
back then. So with very little effort this bike is reborn. It
is smoother, faster and much lighter than this bike with 26"
wheels The feel is all the good stuff we get with a 29er. Even
the fork offers better handling on this frame than the Tange 1200
does. The BB is at 12 3/4". I haven't weighed it yet but
it feels under 30 lbs. Ridden by a good rider this bike could
surprise a few people. Too bad it couldn't have happened back
in the day.
this bike to its' old self check the 'gray hybrid' page.
me at: RepackPioneer@aol.com