Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Fatter 27" tire
I recently installed 27 x 1-1/4" Panaracer Paselas on Jane's mixte and my Jack Taylor. These are the new ones, 630-32, not last year's 630-30 "27 x 1-1/4" Paselas, which were considerably smaller than their nominal size.
These are so much bigger than the 27 x 1-1/4" Contis I took off, that when I asked her if anything felt different she said "I know it sounds crazy but I feel like I'm taller.".
At 31.5mm (actual width on Super Champ Mod 58s) they are only 2mm narrower than the 590-37 Kendas I like for my 3 speeds. They are rated for 95 psi, but are so big they ride harshly at 75psi. Fortunately they are so supple that they roll beautifully at 65 psi (We both weigh about 185. If your wife is smaller use even less.)
It gives us a lot of confidence knowing the tire is rated for 30psi more than we are using. With such a big tire, at a moderate pressure, she is now comfortable riding dirt stretches where she used to get off and walk.
I had to put bigger fenders on her bike and the big hammered aluminum LeFol fenders on my Taylor no longer look outsized.