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Clyde-o-Matic
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I'm all for upgrading and new bikes so don't let me talk you out of upgrading but I don't think changing the spacing on your bike will be that big of a deal. The spacing on a 6 speed should be 126 if I remember correctly. You should be easily able to stick a 130 mm modern hub in there. I've got an old hybrid that was spaced at 135 that I easily cranked down to a 130 hub.

I would borrow a friends 130 mm wheel and see how much you might have to spread the stays. It could be fairly easy to put the 130 in. There are instructions on the internet on how to cold set a frame from 126 to 130 but in most cases, people just stick in the 130 and go.
 
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