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Old 10-04-09, 07:31 AM   #1
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Kenda K40 Street Tire (27" x 1 3/8")

Has anybody tried these tires? Do they work in place of 27" x 1 1/4" tires? Do they present clearance problems with fenders as is possible with Panaracer Pasela tires? Would you recommend for an older road bike outfitted with fenders for communting & day trips? I have seen 26" x 1 3/8" tires, but not the 27" x 1 3/8" tires. Thanks for any information and/or insights.
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Has anybody tried these tires? Do they work in place of 27" x 1 1/4" tires? Do they present clearance problems with fenders as is possible with Panaracer Pasela tires? Would you recommend for an older road bike outfitted with fenders for communting & day trips? I have seen 26" x 1 3/8" tires, but not the 27" x 1 3/8" tires. Thanks for any information and/or insights.
I didn't have any clearance problems (but no fenders) when I put them on a Schwinn World Sport I sold earlier this year. I did not care for them, they seemed really heavy. I prefer the 27 1 1/4 tires, even the $5 pyramid tires Niagara sells (which actually are Kendas BTW). I used to find gum side wall tires on line for around $5, I have not found any in a while, and my stock is gone. So its Pyramid tires on flips til I find something better.

I don't know that a front fender would clear the tire on this bike. Bike is long gone, or I would take some pics of the clearance for you.


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Old 10-04-09, 08:32 AM   #3
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I agree that they're heavy (so much heavier than Paselas...) and they seemed taller than most 27x1-1/4" tires but not wider. I had to deflate them to install the rear wheel on the bike I put them on. Would probably have been incompatible with fenders in that instance.
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Sounds like a potential fender clearance problem ... getting creative with fenders can sometimes lead to headaches ... guess the "tried and true" 27" x 1/4" tires are the best way to go with fenders. Thank you for answering so quickly.
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I'm running that on the back of my Schwinn speedster. The bike originally had 26x 1 3/8 tires/rims, but the frame does handle the 27 x tires/rims with planet bike fenders. Fender to tire clearance is 1/4 to 3/8. by the way a 1 3/8 will handle more weight than a 1 1/4 at the same PSI. Tim
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