Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Bicycle Mechanics Broken bottom bracket? Tacoed wheel? If you're having problems with your bicycle, or just need help fixing a flat, drop in here for the latest on bicycle mechanics & bicycle maintenance.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-09-08, 08:29 AM   #1
apflan
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: wrentham ma
Bikes: fuji regis, circa 1985; 2006 iron horse maveric pro
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(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
apflan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-08, 09:08 AM   #2
operator
cab horn
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Toronto
Bikes: 1987 Bianchi Campione
Posts: 28,306
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(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.
operator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-08, 09:10 AM   #3
sonatageek
Senior Member
 
sonatageek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Cleveland,Ohio
Bikes:
Posts: 2,766
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(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.
__________________
My blog
http://radiocycles.wordpress.com/
sonatageek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-08, 09:16 AM   #4
sch
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Mountain Brook. AL
Bikes:
Posts: 3,037
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 28 Post(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.
sch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-08, 09:59 AM   #5
jgedwa
surly old man
 
jgedwa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Carlisle, PA
Bikes: IRO Mark V, Karate Monkey half fat, Trek 620 IGH, Cannondale 26/24 MTB, Amp Research B3, and more.
Posts: 3,347
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(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
jgedwa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-08, 03:59 PM   #6
reverborama
Broom Wagon Fodder
 
reverborama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Minnesota
Bikes: Fuji Supreme; Kona Wo; Nashbar road frame custom build; Schwinn Varsity; Nishiki International; Schwinn Premis, Falcon Merckx
Posts: 1,232
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(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.
reverborama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-08, 10:10 PM   #7
dperreno 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Beverly Hills, MI
Bikes: '72 Fuji Finest, '80 Austro-Daimler Inter 10, '06 Fuji Team Issue, '06 Salsa Las Cruces, Nashbar Frame single speed
Posts: 566
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(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
'80 Austro-Daimler Inter10
'06 Fuji Team Issue
'06 Salsa Las Cruces
Nashbar Single Speed
dperreno is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-08, 08:01 AM   #8
apflan
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: wrentham ma
Bikes: fuji regis, circa 1985; 2006 iron horse maveric pro
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks much, I did find some vittorias in my size, no color but good tires...
thanks again for your input.
apflan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-08, 08:11 AM   #9
apflan
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: wrentham ma
Bikes: fuji regis, circa 1985; 2006 iron horse maveric pro
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(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
apflan is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:43 PM.