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    Quote Originally Posted by 3x5 View Post
    Hello, I'm having a similar problem. I bought a Schwinn second-hand, and replaced the back tire with a 26 x 1 3/8 tire, no problem. Then the front tire wore out, so I bought a new 26" tire. I decided to put this on the back and move the back tire to the front, but it wouldn't go on. I then measured the wheel, and sure enough, the front one is half an inch wider diameter than the back.

    The rim of the back wheel measures 23 3/4" in diameter. The front is 24 1/4". The 26" fits just fine on the back.

    Here's an odd thing, though: The front tire says on the side, '26 x 1 3/8 in, to fit Schwinn S5 and S6". So the tire seems to think it's 26". Should I try to buy a 26.5"? Any ideas? Thanks.
    As alluded to in other posts, chances are good you have one 597 rim and one 590 rim. Sounds like the 597 is on the front. You can get them several places, one is:

    Kenda K23 S-6 Schwinn 26 Tire 26x1 3/8x1 1/437-597) at BikeTiresDirect
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    Thanks for the reply, everyone. It looks like the only way I can get a 597mm tire is to get one with these classic, Schwinn-style treads, and not mountain bike or hybrid style treads. Is this correct?

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