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Old 03-28-21, 12:40 PM
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Kelly Tires swap out?

Hi Guys,
I have a Columbia Twosome..... maybe..... 1968? vintage.
It has possibly original tires, with I think also an original tube in the back (schroeder, with metal valve stem).
I think it's time to get it some new tires finally, and maybe a tube too.

I only use it around Halloween, i have a medical grade skeleton on the back, that i've rigged up to pedal when i do.

anyhoo., are these tires one of those odd sizes? or can just swap in some standard sized (although vintage looking) 26" diam. sized tires?

they are 26x1.75

thank you in advance,


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You need a 26x something around 1.5 to 2". Tons available at Walmart or Dicks. Get new tubes at the same time.
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Walmart usually has 26 inch white-wall tires on the shelf. I'm not sure what the actual width is, but they fit a range from 1.5 to 2.25 inches.
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Be careful, not all 26-inch tires/rims are not the same. Before purchasing something see if you can find an ISO/ETRTO size on the tire. What you'll find at Wally World is probably ISO 559 (think 26-inch mountain bike). Sheldon Brown's site has a page with a table of most sizes.
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26 x any decimal size (as opposed to 26 x a fraction) will be a standard 559 mm "26 inch mountain bike size" tire, available pretty much anywhere bike tires are sold.
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Need to follow the topic - my understating of Kelly tires is what was on my mother's DeSoto.
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