I’m going to give it one last try. While spinning on the Marin last night I kept examining the C’dale standing over in the corner. It still looks to me like you could fit some puffy tires in there if the rims were smaller – I’m just not sure how small a 650B would be.
So before I give up, I’m going to put out a call on the 650B users list for anyone within a reasonable distance. What I’d like to do is load her up and then see if I could actually fit a rim on the rear chainstays with a tire between 37-40. I’d like to keep the Shimano hubs and just have the wheels rebuilt.
I’m pretty sure I’d get a “who is this nutcase” look if I went to any of the LBS’ and asked about 650B, although I’m told there is a shop in Glen Rock that leans towards the touring crowd. I might give them a call. I’m pretty sure I pass right by their door on the Rail Trail when going through town.
So if anybody out there reading this within 50 miles of the York-Hbg. area has a 650B, please drop me a line. You’ll be doing me a massive favor.