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Old 05-24-07, 07:58 AM   #1
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27" Tires

So I picked up an old Schwinn Super Sport the other day to use as a commuter. It has 27 inch tires on it and they are badly in need of replacement. So I was looking around and there is not a very good selection of 27 inch tires out there. My commute is partly on a gravel road, partly on a county highway, partly on a gravel MUP and partly on city streets. So I think i need a cyclocross-type tire, but with lower rolling resistance and higher flat protection. Any suggestions? Any resourses on where to find decent 27" tires? Any help would be very appreciated. Thanks

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Old 05-24-07, 08:17 AM   #2
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Here are some places to start. Go with a Kevlar or Gatorskin tire.
I run 27" Armadillos on my bike and have not had a flat in almost two years.
Harris Cyclery 27" tires
Performance 27" tires
Nashbar 27" tires
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I have the 27inch Specialized All Conditions with Kevlar. I haven't had any problems so far.
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Get any 27" tires you can find, and put Mr Tuffy liners in them. Whatever tire you end with, always carry a spare tube, tire levers, patch kit and pump.
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The supply of 27-inch tires is not overwhelming, but there are plenty of them available. Where I live may be unusual, but we have a couple shops where I can usually find a selection of ten or more different 27-inch tires from Continental, Specialized, Panaracer, Schwalbe, IRC, Duro, Maxxis, etc. Even Ace Hardware carries some cheap 27-inch gumwalls with the "Bell" brand on them.

Finding a cyclocross tread in 27-inch would be a greater challenge, but I'd suggest rethinking whether you really need that. There is part of my commute that often includes from 2 to 4 miles of packed dirt and shallow gravel. I'm running 27x1-1/4 Continental Ultras, and find that they handle it every bit as well as the cross tires I was using on my other bike over the winter. And they run a lot nicer on pavement.
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Schwalbe makes Marathons in 27" (ISO 630) size.
http://schwalbetires.com
Excellent, long wearing, puncture resistant tires.
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I'm not sure where you live but if you're in Canada, MEC has some good 27" tires. I beleive they mail order out of country too if your interested.

I have CX types (Tioga Blood Hounds 27 x 1 3/8) on my Bianchi that I picked up for $15 DDN. I used them all winter and they held up fine. They have good traction and handling on gravel/dirt & snow. I bought an extra setin case mec stopped stocking them.
http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...=1180031032826

MEC also has Cheng Shins tires for $4.50 CDN.
http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...=1180030969936
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I had great experiences with the Forte GT2/k tires from Performance on my Raleigh w/ 27" wheels. Kevlar belted, and they lasted me a good 3-4k miles.

I'm currently running a pair of Forte kevlar belted cyclocross tires on my bike (700c wheels)... almost 1,000 miles and only one flat so far, and that was a thorn that entered through the sidewall, rather than the tread.
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So I picked up an old Schwinn Super Sport the other day to use as a commuter. It has 27 inch tires on it and they are badly in need of replacement. So I was looking around and there is not a very good selection of 27 inch tires out there. My commute is partly on a gravel road, partly on a county highway, partly on a gravel MUP and partly on city streets. So I think i need a cyclocross-type tire, but with lower rolling resistance and higher flat protection. Any suggestions? Any resourses on where to find decent 27" tires? Any help would be very appreciated. Thanks

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OOPS just saw it, Nashbar has some !! I have bikes with such.
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I heard the Armadillos ride rough and are hard to mount. Any comments?
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I've got 27" Schwalbe HS159 "Puncture Resistant" tires on my bike. $15 from Biketiresdirect. So far, so good, and I ride over glass and debris nearly every day. They were very easy to install.
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I heard the Armadillos ride rough and are hard to mount. Any comments?
The 27" Armadillos recommend 120psi. And yes, at that pressure, the ride can be a little jarring.

I've experimented with everything from 100 to 135 psi.
105-110 psi is about the sweet spot for these tires.

As far as being hard to mount. Aren't all road tires hard to mount? I haven't found them to be any more difficult than other tires.
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