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Schwinn Cruiser Tire size?(6 posts)

Schwinn Cruiser Tire size?rockbender
Oct 11, 2002 12:43 PM
So my GF decided that since she could now stick her finger through the hole in her cruiser tire that it would be a dandy time for replacement. I asked what size they were, and she said 26" x 1 3/8". Figuring it was an easy points score, I brought over some retired MTB slicks to put on.

When installation was attempted, it was quite obvious that the MTB tires were too small for the so called "26-inch" rim. What gives? Is this a special tire?
The fraction sizes are different tires from the decimals ...Humma Hah
Oct 11, 2002 12:52 PM
I once made the mistake of putting a 1.75" tire on a 1 3/4" rim. They said it wouldn't go on, but after about 6 hours of trying I did get it on. The rim was dented, I heard popping noises in the tire bead, and it never really did sit very well, but it went on.

Yes, 26"x decimal tires, like your MTB tire, are slightly smaller than 26"xfractional. Also, 700c roadbike tires are slightly smaller than 27".
Do you know off-hand if...rockbender
Oct 11, 2002 1:03 PM
Do you know if the typical K-mart tire stock is fractional, or what the general availablity of these tires is?

Thanks for the info - the mystery is solved!
My LBS stocks a few ...Humma Hah
Oct 11, 2002 2:22 PM
When we got 26 x 1 3/8 tires for my wife's old 3-speed, they did have tires in stock for it. To get the gumwall tires she wanted, she had to special-order, but they were no problem to get.

My midweight balloon-tire cruiser uses 26 x 1 3/4 tires, which I know are made at least by Chen Shen and Kenda. I prefer the "authentic" Schwinn Westwind reproduction tires, which were on the market a couple of years ago, but have gotten hard to find now that Schwinn has been gobbled up by Huffy.
re: Schwinn Cruiser Tire size?Barton
Oct 11, 2002 1:30 PM
I made the same mistake some time ago.

Schwinn cruiser tires are non standard. Thery appear to be slightlyly larger. I bought 26 X 1.75's and they were too big. Had to return them.
also:Alexx
Oct 13, 2002 6:20 AM
Schwinn used to use even a different rim diameter that other 26" "cruiser" bikes did! If you are interested, sheldon brown covers this in some detail on his site.