I've been thinking about replacing the wheels with 27 inchers anyway. I think that even with the fenders, I'll have enough space for 27 inchers, especially if I move to more narrow tires.
So I ordered some new 27" rims, tubes, rim tape and so on. Once it gets here, we'll see if I fail again.
If the new wheels are installed, I will be taking the bike to the shop. I want to get slightly larger cranks. Even if I keep my current cranks, I'm reasonably certain that they need to be broken down and repacked. I think some of the bearings are shot. If they aren't, they desperately need to be repacked in grease.
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