I would like to put new, but traditional-looking tires on several vintage bikes. However, it seems that such tires, even if available in the desired size, do not offer the best puncture resistance protection and/or general performance. Is this really the case, or am I just not looking in the right places (or misinterpreting product descriptions)?
For example, 27 x 1 1/4" tires for French road bikes: The only gumwall tires that seem to exist in this size are the Michelin World Tour, but I have read that their performance is inferior. And I cannot find any definitive info regarding whether they are puncture resistant. Is there another traditional choice? Everyone seems to suggest the Continental GatorSkins or the Scwalbe Marathons, but I was really, really hoping to find something with a more traditional look.
Same goes for 26" and 28" tires for Raleigh 3-speeds: any puncture-resistant gumwalls out there?...
Thanks in advance!