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    Posted: August/04/2012 at 9:09am
Good morning all,   I have a 1950 Shwinn Whizzer that I just finished. I am a member of a couple of the motorized -bike forums and thought I would join this one seeing My bike is registered as a moped.
I have a question regarding wheels. I am at a slight disadvantage with that I have to run standard bicycle tires on my bike, and going 35 plus on a bicycle tire creeps me out a bit. I would like to be able to use a more durable moped style tire but they are only available in europe and asia. I could send for them but some guys have had luck and some guys have gotten ripped off.
Here is what I would like to do: Find a moped rim/tire combo that comes very close to the height of a 26in bicycle tire with a narrow width >3inches. I can build wheels so I want to lace in a front drum brake/dymo-hub, and a rear worksman drum brake ( I cant use a moped hub as most are 135 mm and the drop-outs on my bike are only 120mm and widening them will put too much stress where the stays are lugged into the bottom bracket)



So can anyone help me out with some info regarding wheel sizes, I need to stay close to a 26 inch height, as I run a wheel sheave/ final belt drive a little bigger is ok but not smaller. Here is a picture of my bike. Thanks in advance.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Eck Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/05/2017 at 10:11am
Suggestion here: Contact vintage motorcycle museums and rebuild shops in regards to your questions. They work on all kinds of vintage bikes and may have the answer you are searching for. Barbers museum in Birmingham, Al or wheels through time in Maggie Valley, NC. may be able to help and there are several others all over the USA.
good luck!
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