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Old 06-27-08, 09:09 PM
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IRC Redstorm tire mounting impossible?

Hi, I've got a set of the Redstorm Street from PP and aside from weighing 230-245g instead of 205g and no clue about the tire (the IRC website has no such model,) I might as well put them on for awhile. Anyway, is there any tricks to mounting? There is like a foot of tire left to put on (maybe they are undersized?) I was trying to use plastic tire levers to do it but can't figure out the technique and if I do make progress it slides off the other end even when holding my feet.

I'm about at my wits end here. I can pull a car motor out and put it back in (the harder part,) but I can put a bike tire on. I had no problem with the original tires but they weren't foldable (very old and needed new tube.) I may have to take it to the LBS and see how much they will charge or break down and buy tires there. The cheapest one had bad reviews and I wanted Kevlar which it's not. Would rather not spend more then $20 each as I just got into biking again and spent way too much last month and this month. The rims are Araya
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Old 06-27-08, 09:38 PM
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Old 06-28-08, 08:04 PM
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wrong size :\

I tried getting some tires from the LBS and they didn't fit either. I finally looked it up and my wheels say 27x1 not 700c. It's a Japanese wheel so go figure. I thought 700cm was the same but it turns out to be 27.45" or something yet when I typed in 700c 27" on here I found a thread that said the bead size on the 27" was 6 or 8mm bigger. That makes no sense but it explains my problems.

Guess I'll be stuck with $15 Wal-mart specials till they wear out. They didn't have any 27" tires on the floor at the LBS but they may have them behind the counter. I'm jones'n though, don't think I can wait till Monday.
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Old 06-28-08, 08:48 PM
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Originally Posted by sevenspeed View Post
I tried getting some tires from the LBS and they didn't fit either. I finally looked it up and my wheels say 27x1 not 700c. It's a Japanese wheel so go figure. I thought 700cm was the same but it turns out to be 27.45" or something yet when I typed in 700c 27" on here I found a thread that said the bead size on the 27" was 6 or 8mm bigger.
700C rims are 622mm in diameter (their tires are ~700mm in diameter).
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Old 06-28-08, 09:25 PM
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And 27" wheels are 630. Man up and you can get them on the rim, but they still will not seat.

And yes if you go to a shop and ask for the wrong thing it will probably not fit. Not their fault.
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Old 06-30-08, 05:23 AM
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Thanks, I got the Bell ones from Wal-mart then weighed them and with the zip tie they were 550g so I'm waiting till the LBS opens today and hope they have something decent in stock. I had rim tape I bought too, 12mm and I think it's too wide. It might fit in the grove if you count the sides but if it's supposed to sit only on the bottom of it then no dice. I may just use the original rubber strips for now, it's an 80's Shogun. I'm guessing there was no 700c tires back then.
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Old 06-30-08, 05:54 AM
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Most LBS's won't likely have 27" performance tires in stock. There aren't many options available, and not many bicycles need them today. Nashbar and Performance Bike generally have something decent in stock, and Harris Bike does too. FWIW, a 700c tube WILL work just fine in that 27" tire.

I started commuting with some of those Wally World 27 tires in an old Fuji 12 speed. Heavy as bricks, and a bit wide, by modern standards (about 32mm), but I never had a flat on 'em. They rolled just fine at 95psi.
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I guess that helped confuse me, it had a tube that said both 27"x1 and 700c.....
They had some Bontrager Select so I got those for now, once I start racing I'll try something else. Says they weigh 290g so not too bad. They are 1.25" and my wheel says 1" but should be okay. They had 1 1/8" but they were gumwall and I wanted to try the all black look. Original were 1" Trimline but guess you can't get 1" anymore. Never heard of Harris bike. Now I've gotta fix the front bearing, needs new cones or something.
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The tubes are stretchy so they can fit a 700c or 27" wheel, but the tires have to be the right ones. Harris Cyclery is the shop outside Boston where Sheldon Brown worked. They sell a lot of stuff for older bikes online so they may have the 27x1" tires you need. 27 inch wheels are the older British size, and were found on Japanese and American bikes up to the 1980s, but 700 c is the European size and it has become the international road bike standard. Still, there are a lot of older road bikes out there, so 27" tires are still being manufactured.
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