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Old 04-18-17, 12:04 PM
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What tires for old bike (27x1 1/4) ?

Hi all,

I'll be using an old bike (Vélo Sport Aéro) I have laying around for my commuter since I don't want to shell out to buy another bike altogheter, and it needs new tires! I just don't know what I should buy.

The bike has 27x1 1/4 wheels, so I can't find a lot of tires that fits. I looked into Gatorskins and Schwalbe Marathon. Heard the gatorskins were slippery in the wet.

Anyone has a recommendation? Would be riding pavement and a small path with gravel!

Other than that, this bike has some open hubs. Right now, it rolls GREAT, no resistance whatsoever, but would that be a problem if I ride in gravel path, sometimes dirty?

Thanks

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Panaracer Pacela PT.
They look appropriate, they provide soft ride, they are puncture-resistant, but they are expensive.
https://www.panaracer.com/lineup/urban_touring.html


There are actually a lot of 27" tires, even for $9 without protection.
https://www.niagaracycle.com/categori...tubes/tires/27

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https://www.biketiresdirect.com/search/27in-road-tires

There are several varieties of that Pasela. Wire or folding, with or without armor.

Continental still has several tires in this size. None are the fancy current-model racing or training technology, though.

Gatorskin - polyester tread armor and wall-to-wall kevlar armor
Gator Hardshell - 3-ply polyester tread armor and wall-to-wall kevlar armor
Super Sport - super thick flexible armor like a Marathon
Grand Sport Race - the closest thing to a roadie tire with a single layer of nylon armor
Ultra Sport II - apparently no armor at all
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I've got Panaracer Paselas on a few bikes -- both the regular Pasela and the puncture-resistant PT version. They're good tires for the price and available in 27" sizes. They supposedly don't have the most durable sidewall, though, so if you're riding on really sharp/coarse gravel, they might not be your first choice. Gravel like you'd find on most rail trails isn't problem, though.
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Best Buy is also the best

Same as Barb and Old? Panaracer Pasela that $9 tire is the best tire in the world for 95% of how people use bicycles. It gets little drying cracks from use and people assume it's bad- not at all; ignore. Or use white vinegar once every few months and soak it wet. Like cleaning mud off. After it drys rinse. The pasela is super supple and thin sidewalks. Wire head very easy to install. Most people like the 700x32 and it's a great happy all around. The Tour
guard cost double and weighs double and has a Kevlar bead.
Oddly the wire bead is much lighter. Lighter in the correct places. Use baby powder on tire and tube liberally. Wipe both sides of bead of tire(wire part) and you can install no tools often! Issac
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27 x 1 1/8 tires and etc.
27 x 1 1/4 tires.
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The Bell brand tires with Kevlar belts at Wal-Mart will be fine, they are durable and inexpensive, with good wet weather performance. They lasted more than five thousand miles for heavy me.
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Never had a problem with gators.
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Marathons for gravel

Gotta ring in for Schwalbe Marathons, 27x1 1/4. They've got a reasonable thread that can handle light off-road. I've got a pair in three different sizes (700, 20", 27") but for whatever reason the 27" tires are far heavier/beefier. Not cheap but I've been lucky to find them on sale.

I like the Paselas too, but the Marathons are confidence inspiring when you're out dealing with rough roads.
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https://www.biketiresdirect.com/prod...7-x-1-1-4-tire
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Performance Forte Strada ST
Sporty looks, good handling at speed, doesn't mind bad roads, and corners well in the wet.
I'm about 1k miles in to a set, and the rear is only just starting to show wear in the middle
Since it's from Performance, they're usually on sale every other weekend.


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Cheap reliable and come with rim tape and tubes

Kenda tires on eBay you can get a set in gum wall, white wall, or black for under $40.00 including 2x rim tapes, and 2x tubes, and FREE SHIPPING. I got a gum wall set for $32.99 and arrived fast, with the tape and tubes. Also, in my experience Kenda tires have lasted a long time before any signs of needing replacements.
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Thanks for all the answers, sorry for the delay! I'll be sure to check all these up, really useful! I'll let you know what I bought.

Originally Posted by Issac View Post
Same as Barb and Old? Panaracer Pasela that $9 tire is the best tire in the world for 95% of how people use bicycles. It gets little drying cracks from use and people assume it's bad- not at all; ignore. Or use white vinegar once every few months and soak it wet. Like cleaning mud off. After it drys rinse. The pasela is super supple and thin sidewalks. Wire head very easy to install. Most people like the 700x32 and it's a great happy all around. The Tour
guard cost double and weighs double and has a Kevlar bead.
Oddly the wire bead is much lighter. Lighter in the correct places. Use baby powder on tire and tube liberally. Wipe both sides of bead of tire(wire part) and you can install no tools often! Issac
Thanks for the tips, didn't know that!

Originally Posted by jim dandy View Post
Try these 27x1.5 ... low rolling resistance, tough side wall, has Real Tread which I have tested in the wet sand/ rain on my '86 World Sport ... also ... the Most important ... Looks Good!
These sure looks good! I'll check them out, thanks!

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