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    Need Recommendation on New Tubes and Tires

    Does anyone have any recommendations for tubes and tires for my 1985 Schwinn Traveler? I blew out one of the original tubes on my bike by inflating it to the max psi. It was just sitting in the garage a day later and the whole stem blew out. I have the Weinmann rims, as most of you probably know. Tires are original so the tread looks fine but the gum wall is dry and flaking off. I would like to stay with the 27x1.125. Do they still make gum wall or do I have to switch to all black?
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    Yes, gumwall look is still out there, but black is certainly easier to find.

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    Gumwalls, whitewalls, colored walls, etc can be found at the major bike parts houses (Nashbar, Performance, Harris Cyclery, etc) as well as smaller web outlets.

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    I would go for the continental gatorskin if you can find them. Cheapy gumwalls won't last as long as the Continental offerings.

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    I've got Gatorskins on my Gitane. They're great tires, but they just don't look right on a vintage bike. Folding Panaracer Pasela Tourguards are also great tires and they have the look I want. I just bought two sets and I'll probably buy more.



    Nashbar has them in 27X1 1/8 for $20, but I think it's possible to get them in 27X1 1/4.

    I used to think that tubes are tubes, but, after trying some Nashbar tubes, I'm willing to pay a little more. I like Continental tubes, mostly for the yellow cap.
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    Although it won't bite you in 27" size, you can't typically interchange decimal size tires with fractional sizes. For example, a 26x1-1/2 is NOT the same as a 26x1.50.

    http://sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing....ractiondecimal

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    27 X1-1/8 Panaracers have the right look for a vintage bike, I think in 1-1/4 they would look a little too bulky. I have a set of the Michelin world tours in 27x 1-1/4 they ride great, but they are huge! and don't leave enough room for most fenders.
    http://bicyclenut.bravehost.com/Bicy...nt%20page.html

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    I consider 27X1 1/4 and 700X28 tires to be medium size. Anything skinner requires too much pressure for comfort for me. Those world tours are not typical 27X1 1/4 tires. It says on the Harris site that they actually measure 33mm! The 700X28 tires that I have measure closer to 25mm. They certainly don't interfere with fenders.



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