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    Old as dirt 48yearoldN00b's Avatar
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    Tires for old skool Schwinn

    I picked up an old "Collegiate" for next to nothing, but need to replace the tires.

    I read Sheldon Brown's helpful and thorough information and now realize that the replacements will not be commonly available, but the one thing he clearly neglects to include is a suggestion as to where to find a source for replacements.

    What's my best bet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 48yearoldN00b View Post
    I picked up an old "Collegiate" for next to nothing, but need to replace the tires.

    I read Sheldon Brown's helpful and thorough information and now realize that the replacements will not be commonly available, but the one thing he clearly neglects to include is a suggestion as to where to find a source for replacements.

    What's my best bet?

    Google:
    http://www.ebikestop.com/kenda_26x1_...psi-TR5132.php

    If you're shopping around, make sure you're looking for "26x1 3/8 tire to fit S-6 Rim". I grew up on a couple Collegiates (one 3-speed, one 5-speed), then worked in a Schwinn shop for a few years. The confusion around 26x1 3/8" tires was always tough to explain.
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    First, determine which size you need. I don't know what the Collegiate used, but my guess is that they're either 26 x 1-3/8" (ISO 597 aka S6). Unfortunately, the Schwinn 26 x 1-3/8" (ISO 597 aka S6) is very uncommon.

    First determine what size you need. The old tires likely say on the side if they are "Schwinn S6" or not. The rims may also have something similar stamped in them if you look carefully. Though hard to find, they exist.
    http://harriscyclery.net/itemdetails.cfm?id=1836
    http://bicyclewarehouse.com/itemdetails.cfm?id=8615
    http://www.amazon.com/Cheng-Shin-Str.../dp/B000C15LT2

    If they aren't S6/ISO 597, then they are a more common size that should be easily available at any bike shop.

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    IF they are the 590MM version, you may even find them at xmart type stores.

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    I have two Collegiates that have 26x 1 1/4, or 597x38. That size was once common on British club racing bikes. I don't know if they are still available.

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    You can still get the 26 x 1 1/4 - 1 3/8 sized Schwinn specific tires. In Cleveland there is at least one local bike shop, Fridrich, that stocks them as I have had to buy a few sets over the past year for bikes that I was flipping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 48yearoldN00b View Post
    I picked up an old "Collegiate" for next to nothing, but need to replace the tires.

    I read Sheldon Brown's helpful and thorough information and now realize that the replacements will not be commonly available, but the one thing he clearly neglects to include is a suggestion as to where to find a source for replacements.

    What's my best bet?
    bicycletires.com have them in stock. See:

    http://www.bicycletires.com/bicycle_tires.asp#

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Wills View Post
    Google:
    http://www.ebikestop.com/kenda_26x1_...psi-TR5132.php

    If you're shopping around, make sure you're looking for "26x1 3/8 tire to fit S-6 Rim". I grew up on a couple Collegiates (one 3-speed, one 5-speed), then worked in a Schwinn shop for a few years. The confusion around 26x1 3/8" tires was always tough to explain.

    Jeff (and everyone else who responded),

    Thanks ever so much. Yes, the tires Ihave state 'for S-5 or S-6 Rim" and I should have specified that in my first post, I guess I got in too big of a hurry to post, and assumed that since I mentioned "old" schwinn, and t that the size of the tire needed was non-standard, that my dilemma would be obvious...my bad

    Thanks to all for the info, It's reassuring to see that someone still makes new tires for sale in this size, my fear was that i'd be stuck buying from an opportunistic ($$$) "scrapper" for vintage material.

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