So I get done cleaning/repacking the hubs and bottom bracket on my 83 Raleigh Super Course that I picked up recently. Stayed up late last night cleaning and polishing the crank-set, deraileurs, and wheels. And I mounted new forte road tires on it last night as well with new tubes. I only used a portable hand-pump, as to not wake up the house with my compressor. So today I'm all excited about going to the local metropark to ride for an hour or so; my first real ride on the bike Of course something had to go wrong. I go to pump the tires up all the way. The first one pumped up fine to 100psi. The second one blew up right in my face, seriously only 2 feet away I start taking the blown tube out of that one and the other one goes
What happened? Well, I guess my 27 x 1 1/4 tires were too wide for my original Araya wheels. The bead blew and so went the tubes, damnit. The ones that came off were marked the exact same size; while the old tires didn't, these tires hit the brakes when I installed them (yes the calipers were in the released position). The inner diameter of the rim is 15mm, and I guess that just wasn't wide enough. I'm going to go to the LBS where I get my discount and pick up these Continental Ultra Sports in the 1 1/8" size. I think 1" would work best, right? but I don't want to pay full price somewhere else, nor wait for something to be shipped.
An hour later and I'm still all stressed about this... serenity now!