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Old 10-20-08, 09:24 AM   #1
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27" tires - What & where?

I was given an old Raleigh roadie about a month ago, and finally got around to doing an initial strip & clean over the weekend. From my very quick research, it appears to be a mid-70's model with 27"x1.25" rims with Schrader valves.

Can someone recommend a good tire for these rims?

This bike will mainly just be a "for fun" bike & grocery getter. It doesn't need super-light race tires. Something middle-of-the-road with good comfort & puncture resistance would be just fine. (If it were a 700c rim, I'd probably get something like 700x25 Armadillos, or the like, to give you an idea of what I'm looking for.)

Anywhere have particularly good prices for these?

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Old 10-20-08, 09:26 AM   #2
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Panaracer Pasela TG.

Awesomeness. Pure awesomness.
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Old 10-20-08, 09:33 AM   #3
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Continental ultra gatorskins. Forget where I got them, but a google search, including 27" should do it. I paid $27 ea, I think. 0 flats this year.

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Old 10-20-08, 09:33 AM   #4
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+1 on the Panaracer Pasela TGs.

I'm also running Continental Ultra Sports on one bike and like them a lot. And I just bought a pair of IRC Road Winner II skinwalls from Amazon to try out.

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For that matter, you can get 27" x 1.25" Kenda's for less than $10.00 apiece.
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And I just bought a pair of IRC Road Winner II skinwalls from Amazon to try out.

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I've ridden those quite a bit and like them a lot. Serfas Secas, not as much. Haven't tried the Pasela TG but everyone says they're great. I've used the cheapo Performance Forte kevlar tires - they're perfectly serviceable and I can't complain about flats; on the other hand, they're pretty heavy and not at all lively.
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Being an Ex X-Mart biker, it seems that the cheaper the tire, the more puncture resistant it is...I've ridden thousands of miles on just crappy Bell tires, and have only had one puncture flat...when I was younger, my only flats were from burnouts on my BMX bikes.
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If the rims are 1-1/4" - I'm not sure the Conti Gatorskins would come in the right size. But if they do come in a 1-1/4" - they are very good ($$$) tires. You don't want tires that are thinner than the rims. That said, I third the vote for the Panaracer Pasela TourGuards. I run those on my Trek. They are nimble, fast, and sure-footed. And very tough with their Kevlar band. Not much $$$ either.
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Old 10-20-08, 10:47 AM   #9
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OK, your reply brings up another question...

Like mentioned, the rims are stamped 27"x1.25". Does that mean that that's the only size I can/should use on them? (They actually had nicely dry-rotted 27"x1.125" rubber on them when I got it.)

And, as mentioned in my original post, if I were going with a 700c tire for this bike, I'd go with something like a 25 width. Is that comparable to 1.25"?

Thanks, again.

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I'll put in a +1 for Pasela TGs and also mention Schwalbe Marathons (pricier, but supremely flat resistant)
http://www.bicycletires.com/psc7mt/S...ch/product.htm

Also another -1 for the Serfas. In fact, many of their products are subsubstandard IMO.

Edit: didn't see your question before posting. 1 x 1/4 is going to be a little wider than a 25mm tire (depending on manufacturer). But not much--probably comparable to 28mm or so. And like someone mentioned above, I would think twice before putting on a tire that was narrower than the rim width.

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Does the bike have hook edge rims?

The folding Bell Sports 27 x 1 1/4 tires are the right size, nice, cheap, and available at almost every Walmart in America.

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Does the bike have hook edge rims?

The folding Bell Sports 27 x 1 1/4 tires are the right size, nice, cheap, and available at almost every Walmart in America.

HTH,
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They have a very dead fell to them and cost $30/pr plus tax. I's rather order cheapos FROM HERE......
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Old 10-20-08, 12:38 PM   #13
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For that matter, you can get 27" x 1.25" Kenda's for less than $10.00 apiece.
that's what i usually get locally...sometimes i have to spent $11 dollars.
i did find that Bell tubes at Walmart are 3.47 instead of 5.99 that i get at LBS
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I buy mine at Performance Bicycle. Their house brand, Forte, $5.99 for each, when on sale, with a Kevlar belt. Black.

Those rims were marked for the tire size, back in the dark ages. I remember!
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I have Continental Gatorskins on my Univega. 500 miles or so, no flats, very nice tires.

However, right now at Nashbar (for example), the Gatorskins are $40; the Paselas are $25. If I needed new tires today I'd buy the Pasela TG's.
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I put 1 1/8 Pasela TG's on my Paramount and am loving them. The rims are 1 1/4, but as they aren't hook edge, I'm not running higher than 90psi anyway. No problems with the slightly smaller tire for commuting, long distance, park laps, etc.
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The Performance house brand tires are no good if you have unhooked rims. In that case, you will need the Kendas, or other tires that have a wire bead. I found out the hard way on my U08. It made it one block before I had a blow out with the Performance tires. Lesson learned.

I use the Kenda K35s, in part because I do not ride my U08 much (I have a lot of bikes....) N+1.
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Does the bike have hook edge rims?

The folding Bell Sports 27 x 1 1/4 tires are the right size, nice, cheap, and available at almost every Walmart in America.

HTH,
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The rims are not hook edge. So, does that mean I'll need a wire bead tire? (If so, that sure limits the options. Seems to knock the Pasela TG out of the running, too. Bummer!)

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You can get 27" Pasela TGs in wire bead though you might have to do some searching around.

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I didn't check before I ordered, but the Pasela TGs I got from Universal were wire bead (or at least they better have been since they shipped them in a huge box).
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You can get 27" Pasela TGs in wire bead though you might have to do some searching around.

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http://www.biketiresdirect.com/ppcpa...re_27x1/pp.htm

How well do 1" tires work with NON-hook bead rims?
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Specialized makes a 27 inch armadillo
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I buy mine at Performance Bicycle. Their house brand, Forte, $5.99 for each, when on sale, with a Kevlar belt. Black.

Those rims were marked for the tire size, back in the dark ages. I remember!
I use the Performance Bike's house brand regularly on the bikes I flip and on my Raleigh beater. I like them, certainly worth the low price. But, I stopped buying the Kevlar bead based on posts from others on this forum.
The 27" alloy rims that I have don't have a true hooked bead. The "hooked" bead is more of a buldge. This is not something I found, it was discussed at length in a thread about a year ago, here on C&V. The buldge is not a true hook and, sometimes Kevlar bead slips off. I always buy the less expensive wire bead and I've never had a problem with a tire coming off the rim. I run my 1 1/8 Forte tires at the full 105PSI and they're fine.
On steel rims or alloy without the buldge bead (smooth inside rim), I use Kenda or Bell because, IMHO, they ride better at lower, 80 PSI inflation max for smooth side rims, than the Forte tires.
I use Continental Ultra Sport on 27" rims with true hooked bead sides. I believe they are Kevlar bead.
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