Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    wrentham ma
    My Bikes
    fuji regis, circa 1985; 2006 iron horse maveric pro
    Posts
    5
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    old fuji, new tires.

    Gentlemen,
    I would like to spruce up my fuji for a triathalon i have coming up, specifically, I need better tires. My current tire size is 37 630 27x 1 3/8.
    What kind of flexibility do I have in sizing? can I run a 27x 1 1/4 without a problem? I would like to get a blue colored tire, so I look cool when I'm the last one crossing the line. Bottom line, do I have to be dead balls with the tire size listed on my existing tire?
    Thanks in advance

  2. #2
    cab horn
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Toronto
    My Bikes
    1987 Bianchi Campione
    Posts
    28,295
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by apflan View Post
    Gentlemen,
    I would like to spruce up my fuji for a triathalon i have coming up, specifically, I need better tires. My current tire size is 37 630 27x 1 3/8.
    What kind of flexibility do I have in sizing? can I run a 27x 1 1/4 without a problem? I would like to get a blue colored tire, so I look cool when I'm the last one crossing the line. Bottom line, do I have to be dead balls with the tire size listed on my existing tire?
    Thanks in advance
    Yes, you are limited to 630 (which is 27" x blah) tyres. You can probably mess around the width, which means 1/4 shouldn't be a problem coming from 3/8's. I'd be surprised if there was.

    There aren't that many high quality 27" tyres around. What exactly are you running now? Off the top of my head the only ones that are better than generic walmart quality is the schwalbe marathon and serfas seca. Of those two only the latter I would recommend if you're looking for speed.
    Mes compaingnons cui j'amoie et cui j'aim,... Me di, chanson.

  3. #3
    Senior Member sonatageek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Cleveland,Ohio
    Posts
    2,685
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If you are looking at racing, I would be thinking of a narrower tire, perhaps a 1 1/8" or a 1" if you can find it. You just have to make sure the tires is larger then the size of the rim. If you go to Performance Bikes website and pull up any tire they have a picture that shows what size tire width works with what size rim width.

    The other thing that you could do, if our brake calipers have enough reach (and you have the budget for it) is to swap out the 27" for 700c which would give you a much wider world of tire choices.

  4. #4
    sch
    sch is offline
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Birmingham. AL
    Posts
    2,591
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    And www.nashbar.com has 6 tires (none blue) in the 27" size range, one high end
    Continental Ultragator others sub $18 but mostly name brand tires. Agree that
    27 1 1/8" tires should fit fine. Might check to be certain rim is hook bead and not
    straight bead, unlikely but possible. IIRC Fuji as such was not around in the pre
    hookbead era in the US but 27" is a cross over size. If the rims are straight, no
    tires are available in the US.

  5. #5
    surly old man jgedwa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Carlisle, PA
    My Bikes
    IRO Mark V, Karate Monkey half fat, Trek 620 IGH, Cannondale 26/24 MTB, Amp Research B3, and more.
    Posts
    3,285
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    1 1/8 is noticeably thinner than 1 1/4 (in every brand, I have seen recently). Go with that. There are still some good 27" available. Not a lot of choice, but there are some. Go surf through C&V and see what they run, and where they get them.

    On the other hand, I think it is safe to say that there has never been a decent road bike that came spec'ed with 1 3/8 tires. Maybe you have a sweet old frame that someone put larger tires on. But more likely, this thing is really being asked to do something it can't deliver well on.

    What kind of bike is it?

    jim
    Cross Check Nexus7, IRO Mark V, Trek 620 Nexus7, Karate Monkey half fat, IRO Model 19 fixed, Amp Research B3, Surly 1x1 half fat fixed, and more...
    --------------------------
    SB forever

  6. #6
    Broom Wagon Fodder reverborama's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Minnesota
    My Bikes
    Fuji Supreme; Fuji Royale; Schwinn Varsity; Nishiki International; Schwinn Premis, Falcon Merckx
    Posts
    1,168
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Go over to the Classic & Vintage forum and post pictures of the bike.

    If we're talking about a 70's or 80's 10 or 12 speed bike with drop bars, you should be able to use a 27x1-1/8 tire with no problem. You will need new tubes because your old ones will be too big. I like the Bontrager's for 700c 18-23mm with Schraeder valves. They are really common and have worked well for me. Whatever you get, don't go bigger than a 25mm tube or you'll be stuffing it in there.

    This concept is a huge favorite of mine, BTW. My wife does triathlons and I see way, way, way too many people on comfort bikes or mountain bikes. I desperately want to say to them, "For $100 bucks we can get you a thrift store bike that will make you 5mph faster!!!!!" I think an 80's road bike is the perfect beginner's tri bike. You can get into the sport for cheap and you will be as fast on that as you would be on anything that costs under $1,500. Want to spend some more money? Throw a $50 pair of clip-on aero bars. You can use that bike for 2 years before you actually get good enough to benefit from buying a real tri bike.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Beverly Hills, MI
    My Bikes
    '72 Fuji Finest, '06 Fuji Team Issue, '06 Salsa Las Cruces, Nashbar Frame single speed
    Posts
    540
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I put 27x1-1/8" tires on my Fuji Special Road Racer in around 1975, so I don't think you'll have any problem doing it now.
    Doug

    '72 Fuji Finest
    '06 Fuji Team Issue
    '06 Salsa Las Cruces
    Nashbar Single Speed

  8. #8
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    wrentham ma
    My Bikes
    fuji regis, circa 1985; 2006 iron horse maveric pro
    Posts
    5
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks much, I did find some vittorias in my size, no color but good tires...
    thanks again for your input.

  9. #9
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    wrentham ma
    My Bikes
    fuji regis, circa 1985; 2006 iron horse maveric pro
    Posts
    5
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Old fuji

    Thanks for the reply, I did find some vittorias in my size. As you mentioned, I did get some clip on aeros, profile design, for about 80.00 and some new shimano pedals with clips. I did have to spend 100. for the appropriate shoes, but all in all I got out of the deal for about 300.00 and I think the bike will be great. I will post pictures asap. A friend of mine actually grabbed the bike for free from the side of the road, and it is in really good shape, definately stored inside most of it's life, and it's a big frame, i'm 6'4 and it fits me fine. Life is good. Thanks again for the tips

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •