I have a bicycle from the 1980s. Steel front fork. I am replacing the 27 1/4 wheels with 700cc. The new front wheel hub is 96mm wide between outer face of the bearing housings. The front fork has an ID of 93mm.
I can accommodate the new 96mm wheel by stretching out the 93mm front forks but the wheel will not rotate due as the forks are pressed onto the bearing housing on each side.
The new wheel comes with 6mm nut spacers to prevent this. Does anyone have experience with bringing the front forks apart to a similar width? 108mm by adding 15mm to accommodate this wheel and 6mm spacers in my particular case. Is this too much for the front fork?
Are there alternative options? Do wheel hubs come narrower in 700cc?