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Old 03-24-08, 03:24 PM
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Pics of new whip, and need tire/wheel advice.

Tires are holding air fine but are a little weathered. I need advice on what to change too. The rims are 27 x 1 1/4, and the tire size on it are 27 x 1 1/8. My old miyata had 1 1/4 wide tires and I liked them because being that I am on the heavy side (250lbs.) they had a little more give. I guess I don't know that replacing what I have with the same size that is on it won't feel the same. Is there a noticeable difference between the two? Recommendations? Keep in mind it is used mainly for riding around town, not worried about the fatter tire = more contact = slower. Also probably not going to have for a real long time, so low buck would be nice.

Next question. The front rim has a slight wobble to it. I spin it and it just grazes the brake pad across about a 6" section. Can this be made perfect again? Can I do it?

And finally. I love reading the forum, but I have to imagine everyone gets sick of Newb questions all the time. And honestly, I use the search option a ton, but sifting through to find what I need to know can take hours. Is there a builders/maintenance guide book, or web site that maybe illustrates how to diagnose and fix common problems, or step by step instructions on preventative maintenance. Seems like when I was a kid I would "work" on my bike and everytime I finished it would ride just a little worse.

Thanks.

As promised, pics of my new to me, Raleigh Technium 450. Bare in mind I haven't cleaned her up yet.

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Old 03-24-08, 03:28 PM
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here's a great repair and maintanence resource for you-

http://www.parktool.com/repair/
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Old 03-24-08, 03:30 PM
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Originally Posted by -Joseph View Post
Next question. The front rim has a slight wobble to it. I spin it and it just grazes the brake pad across about a 6" section. Can this be made perfect again? Can I do it?
The wheels probably need truing, someone more experienced may be able to say about this.

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Is there a builders/maintenance guide book, or web site that maybe illustrates how to diagnose and fix common problems, or step by step instructions on preventative maintenance. Seems like when I was a kid I would "work" on my bike and everytime I finished it would ride just a little worse.

I use:
http://sheldonbrown.com/
http://www.parktool.com/repair/bikemap.asp

and these have helped me a lot over the past year

Hope this helped
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Thanks for the reference info, what about tire suggestions?

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I don't think too many people get tired of the newb posts, at least ones like yours (pictures, a good story about how you got it, and not just trolling for info to list it on ebay).

Congrats on the cool bike, btw
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Old 03-24-08, 05:45 PM
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Performance and Nashbar both frequently have 27" tires and they're usually cheap. Of course you have to factor shipping in also.

A good LBS should still have some 27s as well. You can't pick/choose as much as you can with 700C but choices still exist.


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I want to see this whip. I also bought a new one last fall.
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For a cut above the most inexpensive tires, I've had success with:

Michelin World Tours, $12.99 each at this site.

or

Panaracer Paselas, at $14.99 each

or, for slightly better flat protection,

Panaracer Paselas with Tourguard, for $17.99.

It's likely you can find some of these tires cheaper at other retailers, but this gives you a few options.
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I've put Forté GT2 Kevlar Road Tires on two old Schwinns recently (I used 27 x 1 1/8 but they also come in 27 x 1 1/4). They are $9.99 online but were $8.99 in the store. I'm 230 lbs. and they work well for me. Haven't flatted yet and I've ridden through a lot of stuff with them.

You can definately true your own wheel (at least get it close enough) with a little patience and a spoke wrench.
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Forté GT2 Kevlar Road Tires $10.00, 27 X 1-1/4, 1400 mIles no problems. I weight 212 lbs, the bike 34 lbs.
My lbs Trues rims for $10 bucks.
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