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old bike needs new tires(4 posts)

old bike needs new tiresGeko
Aug 28, 2001 6:50 PM
I just got a hold of an old bike that will soon become my winter beater. I need to get better tires for it though. Anyone know if there is a place that I can find the wider older tires and tubes? I don't want to get rid of the stainless steel rims.
Start here:Jofa
Aug 29, 2001 3:11 AM
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire_sizing.html

Should give you the info, and maybe Sheldon will have the tyres too.

Jofa
re: old bike needs new tiresdug
Aug 29, 2001 5:16 AM
...a bike shop??
27-inch, right?Cory
Aug 29, 2001 1:19 PM
Sorry if this is a duplicate post--my stuff seems to be falling out since the deadly switchover...

If the rims are 27-inch, you're going to be pretty limited. Grocery stores sometimes have 27-inch Cheng Shin or Kenda knobbies, 65psi max, for about 9 bucks. Get the Cheng Shins if you have a choice--I bought one set of Kendas and both tires were out of round so far I couldn't ride them.

bike shops or mail order places will have one or two tires, usually 1-1/8 or 1-1/4 roadies, just everyday tires, for $15-$20. I've tried several, but they're too hard and too slick for beater/mud/commute duty, at least for me.

Another possible source is SJS Cycles in (I think) England. I saw some 27x1-3/8 Michelins on their web site last week. Don't know any details or shipping costs. I think the site was www.sjscycles.com.

One last thing: Modern 700c wheels would really expand your choices, and if the bike has cantilever brakes, you may be able to swap with just a brake adjustment. It worked on my Trek. But that's $150-$250 unless you can score a parts bike at the Salvation Army or somewhere.