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So, my lady picked up an old peugeot frame and I'm gonna build it up as a fixie for her. Question is, the frame only excepts a smaller sized wheel. I don't know what size wheels to get for her... I've heard of 650cc wheels, should I be looking at any other odd sized wheels? Anyone know off hand what size wheel this bike accepts?
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650C was popular in the early nineties. 650C has a 571mm bead seat diameter (see Saint Sheldon's tire sizing article).

Here's what the sidebar in a 1992 Schwinn Paramount catalog had to say about using 650C vs. 700C on road bikes:

The Case for 26” Wheels

Ask Product Manager and Cat II racer Dennis Lane why you should consider switching to 26” wheels and he’ll tell you the real question is why anyone still rides 700C in the first place.

“I’ve ridden a Series 7 prototype for the past two seasons,” he explains, “and the 26” wheels are faster in every respect.”

“Of course there’s less wind resistance with 26. And they’re lighter and stronger because the spokes are shorter. And the reduced gyroscopic force lets the bike change lines quicker, making it more maneuverable. And because they’re smaller and weigh less, they accelerate faster. Those are all points people pick up on right away in a test ride.”

“But what really sells them is the first time they ride in a pack. They can’t believe it! They’re motoring along at 25 or 30 mph, and realize they’re doing a lot less work – every time they jump it’s an instant bike length on the nearest rider. By the end of the race, they’re lifetime converts.”


What is the dimension from the center of the fork dropout to the bottom of the fork crown?
 

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The bike runs a 650c front and 700c rear. Did some research and found out it's an '87 Peugeot Versailles, and the smaller sized frames (my GF's 5'2") under 50cm, ran the smaller front wheel.
 

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Dave Hickey said:
Sell it on ebay as an 80's funny bike( 700 rear/650 front, time trial bike)...the fixie crowd will pay big bucks for it:thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Hahaha, I guess you could lump me in the "fixie crowd.":blush2: Building it up for my lady for her first fixie so she can be cool with the rest of us. :p
It's a rad bike though. Thanks for all the help everyone.
 
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