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Schwinn Natural 66 Tires. Any Good?(10 posts)

Schwinn Natural 66 Tires. Any Good?Kristin
Aug 20, 2001 2:06 PM
Its a long story, but I ended up with a pair of these before I even purchased a bike. I'm not sure they're worth mounting. By the way, what are the major differences between an expensive road tire and a cheap one?

...its time to spend money again...chain...tires...I'll ask Santa for the HRM.
re: Schwinn Natural 66 Tires. Any Good?Akirasho
Aug 20, 2001 2:30 PM
... dunno 'bout the Schwinn tires, but difference 'tween tires (per price) are generally, weight, bead (kevlar vs. wire aka (foldable) dual compounds (possibly better wear and/or handling under varied conditions), TPI (threads per inch... generally, the more threads per inch, the more supple and responsive the casing is... but this is not always the case), etc.

While many high end bike tires rival full blown 40K auto tires in price, most brands and makes hold up well over long hauls and are generally worth a few extra scheckels for durability and ride characteristics (of course, there are limits).

One other lesser factor is the difference between tubular and clinchers... but that's another topic...

Be the bike.
re: Schwinn Natural 66 Tires. Any Good?BryanJL73
Aug 20, 2001 4:40 PM
They are fine. Probably not high perf, but they seemed to hold up well on my bike (a Scwhinn).

They seem to be a little soft, so I don't think I will get a whole lot of mileage out of them, but I like the way they handle and I have been happy with them after 6 months of riding.

Worse to worse, use them as a (or on your) trainer.

Bryan
re: Schwinn Natural 66 Tires. Any Good?GregJ
Aug 20, 2001 4:45 PM
Are you sure you need a new chain already? How many miles have you ridden thus far and has your chain been measured for "stretch?"
ChainKristin
Aug 21, 2001 6:09 AM
Am I sure I need a new chain? Yes and no. Its not measured yet because its too nasty to touch. (Yeah, I know, and I feel bad.) I let it go too many days in between cleaning and now all I can do is redistribute black grease. I'm at about 1700 miles and will need a chain soon enough anyway. I'll put the new chain on (with SRAM link this time) and soak the old one. Then it becomes a spare/backup/next season whatever.
Speaking of Schwinn Natural 66 Tires...Andy
Aug 20, 2001 7:31 PM
I participated in a century ride this weekend where the road crew chip and sealed about seven miles of the course. The gravel tore up my Continental GP3000's sidewalls and one actually blew out. The fine support people at Bingham's Cyclery in Salt Lake City go me back on the road with a free Schwinn Natural 66 tire and two tubes. This was the first time I'd heard of the Schwinn Natural 66.

It is rated to 120 psi but I ran it at 110 psi. I had originally planned on replacing the tire ASAP with another Conti GP3000 but after the last 25 miles on the century course, I've decided to leave it on. It's a little heavier than the Conti but it felt fine. I think it will make a fine training tire. You can't beat the price either (free). If they sell for a price significantly cheaper than the GP3000's, I may get one for the front too.
Free? Wow, mine cost $50...Kristin
Aug 21, 2001 6:03 AM
...ouch. But that's part of the long story I'll spare you from hearing. They're just going to waste otherwise, so I guess I'll mount 'em. Hey, did I hear someone say that pucture wounds can be filled with superglue?? Heres a fun tidbit! In light of my current state of financial depravity, I will be doing the Hilly Hundred on the 12x23. This will be interesting. 4Bykn...are you sure you want to wait for me at the top???
None of your buds will loan you a cassette?MB1
Aug 21, 2001 6:32 AM
Oh well, what doesn't kill me makes me stronger. Don't forget to ice your knees.
I'll be there!4bykn
Aug 21, 2001 7:07 AM
If I have to wait too long you may have to wake me when you get to the top, but I will stand by my promise.
Yes. They are fine.E3
Aug 21, 2001 6:47 AM
I've used one set I found on sale at my LBS about 2 years ago. I used them for training rides (no racing or anything crazy), and they performed and wore about as well as most tires I've used.

Since you've got'em, just use'em, they'll be fine.