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Old 06-18-09, 01:54 PM   #1
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Full Gum tires-700c

I know this is not technically a mech question but I figured you guys would know the best place to find parts so...

Does anyone know where I can find FULL GUM 700c tires? I am not looking for the gum wall tires with black tread, I am looking for tires where both the walls and tread are gum.

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why?
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Can you run a 700x50 aka 29x2.0 ?

http://www.schwalbetires.com/node/1330

That's all I got. Nice looking tires though
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I know this is not technically a mech question but I figured you guys would know the best place to find parts so...

Does anyone know where I can find FULL GUM 700c tires? I am not looking for the gum wall tires with black tread, I am looking for tires where both the walls and tread are gum.

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Historically, per Frank Berto, gumwall just means there is more rubber on the sidewalls than a "skinwall" tire has, regardless of tire sidewall color. Easier and cheaper to manufacture. Makes for a heavier tire with poorer rolling resistance theoretically. IMO really only counts with narrow high performance tires. Most all fully black colored tires, such as most Schwalbes, would probably fit your description as would most lower priced bike tires.
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To answer the question why:
My fiance lost her front wheel on her road bike a few weeks back. I located a new wheelset ofr her which almost duplicates the original. Right now she is still running the original rear wheel which is tubular and the front is replaced with a similar clincher, more spokes though. The tire she found for the front wheel is an old Mitsoboshi Tioga Proline full gum tire in 700x23C. It is a cool looking tire but the shop only had 1 tire. Eventually I would like to switch her rear wheel out for the new clincher wheel and I am trying to locate a similar tire if I can rather than getting a mismatch or two new tires.

I can find gum WALLED tires all day long, but I cannot seem to find a full gum road tire anywhere. I don't mind a slightly wider tire, but a 50 wide is a bit too much. I might go as high as a 35.
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btw- this is a skin wall folding tire, but the color is tan and the tread is definately gum which is why I describe it as full gum.
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Vittoria makes some all white tires in 70x23 and 28. Not gum ,but they may look alright ... your call.
http://velonews.com/article/85222/vi...clincher-tires

http://www.artscyclery.com/descpage-VTRN32RF.html
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How do you mean "gum"? ALL bike tires are rubber and fabric, usually a combination of natural and synthetic rubbers. If the tread is sticky to the touch, making you call it gum or gummy, then the tire rubber is so old it has probably deteriorated and the tire will not last. Color can be anything these days and is primarily controlled by what additions are made to the tire rubber during manufacture.

Post a photo as that is the only way someone might be able to help you find a similar appearing tire.
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choosing a tire based on aesthetics rather than performance is quite unwise.
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