I have a new project from RRB user HeySlugger, it's a 50's Columbia Speed Liner. I'm thinking awesome commuter since the bike was a "light weight" for its day.
The current rims take 26x1.5 tires but they are totally rusted through and unusable. I was thinking of doing a 700c rim swap with 23c tires, since I have a pair of these wheels on hand. I'm thinking of using a vintage 3 speed hub in the rear and using a Suntour XC quick release hub (or the original if that won't fit) in the front. Everything is 36H.
In the past I've laced up a few wheels, but it's always been stock hub to stock rim (Bendix hub to S7 rim, etc). In this case, I'm not sure where to get spokes and how to determine the length? Since the hubs are old and the rims are new, am I going to need custom cut spokes? What's the trick to accomplishing this lace up job?