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I want to ride my bicycle ! - But I need tires
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: June 08, 2009 09:38AM
Anyone have any recommendations for a 20 year old Motobecane road bike ? 27 inch 1-1/8 clinchers. Schraders, of course, but I do miss the Prestas on my old racing Moto that I bought as a 13 year old in France. The current tires are worn out, sidewalls separated, and the tubes patched each at least two times. I'm gonna have a blowout some day and end up on my face again.

PS- oddly, that Queen song rings in my head when I take it out on the road. It captures that teenaged feeling of freedom.
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Re: I want to ride my bicycle ! - But I need tires
Posted by: mattkime
Date: June 08, 2009 09:41AM
if its a road bike, those are probably 700cc wheels and not 27". Are there shrader tubes in there? you should stick with whatever the rims are made for.



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Re: I want to ride my bicycle ! - But I need tires
Posted by: Spiff
Date: June 08, 2009 09:45AM
Wow, 1 1/8 inch tires. Comfy! What kind of riding do you do?

I usually find that Continental makes a darn good tire. There was a time in the early to mid '90s that they were cr@p, but they turned it around and are now putting out good products - again. They are on the expensive side, though.
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Re: I want to ride my bicycle ! - But I need tires
Posted by: mick e
Date: June 08, 2009 09:47AM
There are plenty of older bikes with 27" wheels.

One source to check would be Bike Nashbar. The prices are a little steep, but there are not a lot of tires being made for that size anymore:
[www.nashbar.com]




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Re: I want to ride my bicycle ! - But I need tires
Posted by: mick e
Date: June 08, 2009 09:54AM
Another good place to bookmark if you have a vintage bike is Harris Cyclery. They have pretty much everything you would need - including New Old Stock.

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Re: I want to ride my bicycle ! - But I need tires
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: June 08, 2009 10:08AM
stop with that Queen song. argh!!!
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Re: I want to ride my bicycle ! - But I need tires
Posted by: Acer
Date: June 08, 2009 10:09AM
Bring on the fat-bottomed girls!
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Re: I want to ride my bicycle ! - But I need tires
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Date: June 08, 2009 10:21AM





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Re: I want to ride my bicycle ! - But I need tires
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: June 08, 2009 10:45AM
makk- It's funny- it used to be impossible to get tires and tubes for my 700mm presta valved racing Motobecane. I had to go to speciality bike stores (pre Interwebs, of course). And parts ? Ugh. I busted the rear wheel quick release 'spike' in college, and couldn't get anything to match- ended up hacking up something that was too long with a saw and a metric thread die.

Thanks for the ref on the continentals, I'll look into it. I've bought from Nashbar recently, and I liked their products (in fact, I still need to mount the speedometer I got at their 70% off sale). The idea of having a Kevlar insert to ward off sharp debris is a good one- road in NE Ohio tend to be well-carpeted with such nasties.
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Re: I want to ride my bicycle ! - But I need tires
Posted by: deckeda
Date: June 08, 2009 10:56AM
Hey --- threadjack here --- can anyone recommend a smooth-tread 26" tire they like? It's for a nice mountain bike, and no, I don't know the rim width at the moment. It's got knobbies on it still, but I don't ride much off-road anymore and can't afford a 2nd bike.
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Re: I want to ride my bicycle ! - But I need tires
Posted by: Jack D.
Date: June 08, 2009 11:03AM
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Bring on the fat-bottomed girls!

One of my all time favorites... AND my wifes name just happens to be Sally! Actually her real name is Attila but I just call her Honey (sorry, couldn't help myself)

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Re: I want to ride my bicycle ! - But I need tires
Posted by: Octave Doctor
Date: June 08, 2009 11:12AM
+1 on the Kevlar--when I was riding the skinny tires I bought a pair of Specialized tires with Kevlar belts and never had a flat over a couple years riding 5-6 days a week.
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Re: I want to ride my bicycle ! - But I need tires
Posted by: Racer X
Date: June 08, 2009 12:19PM
another possible source [www.performancebike.com] I got lots of stuff there when my ex was a triathlete.
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Re: I want to ride my bicycle ! - But I need tires
Posted by: mikebw
Date: June 08, 2009 12:28PM
Just wrap a few rolls of duct tape around the wheel, should be good to go. burnout smiley
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Re: I want to ride my bicycle ! - But I need tires
Posted by: billb
Date: June 08, 2009 12:36PM
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mikebw
Just wrap a few rolls of duct tape around the wheel, should be good to go. burnout smiley


-Envisioning the end of that coming off the tire , sticking to the pavement and causing a linearly relative deceleration.
Might want to be careful which way you wrap that around the rim.
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Re: I want to ride my bicycle ! - But I need tires
Posted by: kj
Date: June 08, 2009 02:04PM
We have the goat heads here, and the specialized armadillos were all that kept me from giving up bike riding. I'm pretty sure they don't make 27" tires though. I've had really good service from jensonusa.com, cambriabike.com, and blueskycycling.com. Nashbar is good where you are, these are in Cali, so if people are in the west, these are a bunch quicker. kj.
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Re: I want to ride my bicycle ! - But I need tires
Posted by: Black
Date: June 08, 2009 04:45PM
Performance, and [www.pricepoint.com] are usually where I buy.
I always juist shop sales, but then I'm not that demanding anymore now that I just ride to get from A to B and not to log 150+ miles every weekend.
I last settled into Michelin Super Sports on my road bike, and liked 'em fine. I thought the rubber was dense and they didn't lose air too quickly. Many people swear by Contis but I always found they wore very quickly and then started to pick up glass and debris easily once they did.

For Deck, most of the smooth/"city" ATB tires are pretty cheap-- I usually just order whatever's on sale and if I like them, fine. You'll surely end up using whatever you order. Avoid tires with recessed grooves of any sort because they 'grab' sharp debris and hold it so it can get puched into the tire with each revolution. I Prefer knobbies in the city though (that is I prefer them over having to repair tubes on the way to work a few times a year).




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Re: I want to ride my bicycle ! - But I need tires
Posted by: mattkime
Date: June 08, 2009 04:49PM
I've commuted through industrial parts of nyc so i've learned the hard way what works best to prevent flats.

definitely get kevlar. i'd consider getting thicker tubes, marketed as puncture resistant. the thing i particularly like about them is that they lose air a lot slower. and if you want to go for triple protection, get some mr. tuffy tire liners.



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Re: I want to ride my bicycle ! - But I need tires
Posted by: Racer X
Date: June 08, 2009 04:58PM
I was thinking about the tire liners too. A pain sometimes to get them installed properly, but not a bad idea overall.
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Re: I want to ride my bicycle ! - But I need tires
Posted by: Black
Date: June 08, 2009 06:20PM
Tire liners are absolutely a bad idea. I don't care about the weight they add, but they have the potential to pinch the tube between their edges and the tire, causing the exact problem they're supposed to prevent.
Mixed feelings about Kevlar tires. I used to do all my riding on Specialized Armadillos, but found that once the rubber started to wear a bit from the center they picked up glass and shards and seemed to puncture as easily as a non-kevlar tire.
I run a knobby on the back and a semi-slick on the front now for all city riding (the front is a lot easier to fix in case of a you-know-what).




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Re: I want to ride my bicycle ! - But I need tires
Posted by: Black
Date: June 08, 2009 06:23PM
Deckeda, this ought to do you just fine:

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Re: I want to ride my bicycle ! - But I need tires
Posted by: M>B>
Date: June 08, 2009 07:31PM
Upgrade to this two wheeled Tesla...

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Re: I want to ride my bicycle ! - But I need tires
Posted by: kj
Date: June 08, 2009 08:10PM
Just a small point about kevlar tires. Some advertise kevlar "beads" which has nothing to do with flat protection at all. Not that many tires actually have any kind of special flat protection (conti ultra gators, armadillos, some kendas, some schwalbes). Screw slime x 10. kj.
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Re: I want to ride my bicycle ! - But I need tires
Posted by: Speedy
Date: June 08, 2009 08:18PM
Looks like the bikini was a Photoshop add-on.

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