Wheelsize Question

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  1. #1 Posted May 17, 2018

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    I've had this bike for a while. Recently put it together and noticed something odd about the wheelsize. It's a Marshall-Wells Zenith.
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    Not sure of the year, @fordmike65 seems to think it's Snyder built. The first pic shows it with 26" wheels on it.

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    The wheels & fenders are not original to the bike. Here are some pics of the rear fender mounts.
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    It seems that the 26ers are too small for the bike..Any input is appreciated....
     
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  2. #2 Posted May 17, 2018

    Riding a '37 Colson Imperial

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    Could be missing fender spacers. Transitional frame from 28-26". Common in the mid 30's.
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  3. #3 Posted May 17, 2018

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    I have real and re-pop fender spacers
     
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    Does the pedal seem unusually close to the ground at the 6 o’clock position?
     
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  5. #5 Posted May 17, 2018

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    This confuses me a bit. It seems the "transitional period" from 28 to 26 clincher was with the motorbike style bikes, but I am not sure about this. Apparently, you could run both wheel sizes using the fender spacers. Question for the experts. If these frames were able to run both wheel sizes, did they put shorter cranks on the 26" bikes because they were lower to the ground, or did the 26 ballooners (with tires) measure the same height as the 28 with tires? And, when did this transitional period end?
     
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    The bottom of the pedal to the ground is 3.5". All of my other bikes are about 5"..
     
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    Maybe a 26" fork has been installed on a 28" frame?
     
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    If the measurement is over 2", then that maybe the answer...
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    IIRC, they're about 1/2" to 9/16"
     
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    The latest 28" bikes I've seen were the 1937 Iver Johnsons and Elgin bicycles... there may have been others.
     
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    Thanks for all the input...
    I fixed it, put 29's on it....need a longer chain on it, the new cog has 2 more teeth on it....
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  12. #12 Posted May 17, 2018

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    That's gonna ride nice with the big hoops/tires! Do the fenders still fit?
     
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    I doubt it, didn't even try.....I'll find some that will, have my eye on some coool ones.:D
     
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    bet 28 fenders would fit if they were the flat (shallow) variety.
     
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