Raleigh 3speed wheel upgrades?

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Raleigh rim upgrades?
As the old 3 speed Raleigh's like the Sport, Superb etc. use a 26 x 1 3/8" wheel size (iso 590), for which tyres are not easy to locate in some parts of the world.
What have people used as an alternative rim size? Max tire width? Etc

I used 700c on my previous Sport build with 23mm tyres.
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But looking to go to a 26" (559) size for my next build up. Keeping the original hub, losing the rusty chrome rim and getting the benefit of alloys.
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Wanting to end up with a practical and comfortable gravel road cruiser from this build, with rack, fenders etc. It's a Wayfarer which is based on the Sport frame.

Open to input and ideas.
 
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