New wheels, old frame

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by montage, 5 May 2010.

  1. montage

    montage God Almighty

    Looking at getting some more gears - one possibility is the shimano R500 wheelset.
    Easy to spread the steel stays out wide enough to accomodate the wheels? If not then should I be looking at 7 speed?

    My main question - am I ok to use the current rear derailleur with downtube shifters? The shifters aren't indexed
  2. hubgearfreak

    hubgearfreak Über Member

    if it's steel, yes. sheldon, as always, has the answer;)
  3. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

  4. Gerry Attrick

    Gerry Attrick Lincolnshire Mountain Rescue Consultant

    I have recently spread the rear stays of a BSA 531 frame following Sheldon's advice. Very easy job, but take your time and don't rush. Also check that you spread each side by the same amount. Check using Sheldon's string from rear drop out around the head tube to opposite drop out. I found my frame was out of alignment before I'd even set a spanner to it.

    Oh...and you need very little effort to spread the don't go at it like a crazed elephant.
  5. PpPete

    PpPete Guru

    Chandler's Ford
    Easy to overdo it with Sheldon's method.

    Last time I had to do it, on a frame that had some value, I used a piece of M10 threaded rod, nuts and some big washers to push against the drop outs.
    I did this in the bike stand - with the alignment string in place, and rechecked alignment and re-measured every few turns. Had to spread to about 140mm for it to spring back to 130mm though.
  6. nuovo_record

    nuovo_record Well-Known Member

    yes, just spread the frame....only 4mm and the wheel will pop in. i run a holdsworth that has 8 speed so need 130OLN
  7. hubgearfreak

    hubgearfreak Über Member

    it worked for me;) if you overdid it, you've misread the instruction...

    gerry's got you to a tee:tongue:

    here's the article, if the OP hasn't found it
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