Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

Bike Tires Question..Help??

Notices
Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

Bike Tires Question..Help??

Old 10-20-10, 08:18 AM
  #1  
rayr0683
rayr0683
Thread Starter
 
rayr0683's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Blue Anchor, NJ
Posts: 31

Bikes: 1985 Schwinn Le Tour Luxe, Blue

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Bike Tires Question..Help??

Hello All,
I have a 1985 Schwinn Le Tour Luxe in very nice condition, I bought this new in 1985. The question I have is this...........The Tires on my Schwinn are 27" Tires, which are called Schwinn Passage Gumwall Touring Tires. The Tires have an inflation of 90 PSI. I had to recently change the innertubes, and when I had the Tires off of the rim, I noticed that the Sidewall/Gumwall felt kind of Hardened/Dry....not very elastic/rubbery. I was wondering about replacing them. I have seen typical Gumwall Tires at my Local Bike Shops, which are about $14.00 each....and then there are some 27" Tires that they sell which are $40.00 a tire.
The Bike Shop Tech. told me that the more expensive 27" Tires had some radial, or Kevlar belt built in, to help prevent flats. But I read on Sheldon Brown's Site that if you have a Classic Road Bike, such as this Schwinn LeTour Luxe, from the 1985 era, even if the tires feel kind of stiff or brittle, as long as they aren't all worn out, TREADWISE....that you may be replacing them with new tires that are way inferior to what you have on it....even when talking about the $40.00 a Tire..Tires! He said that the Special Dual Hard Schwinn Tires, from this time, were very good tires, and if still have tread, and can be mounted, and filled with no problems, then by all means, ride on them. They were excellent tires. Mine in Particular are called Passage Tires by Schwinn.

I have filled mine, and aside from my saddle issues, I notice that theese tires feels smooth on my neighborhood streets, but when I make turns, around corners, I get kinda stiff/nervous, because the tires sometimes slide a bit, like I may fall. I must admit, there is some sandy type dirt usually at corners of streets, I wondered if I should replace the Tires.

In 27" Inch Tires I have seen the basic gumwalls for $14.00.....then a better 27" Tire with Flat Protection built in, for about $27.00 per Tire....and Finally I see the Racing Tires that are in the $40.00 and up range...Continental, etc... But, There are also Kendas 27" Tires, that are Knobby Treaded Tires, that will fit my Bike, and are made more for any possible off road/Gravel Type Riding....Any recomendations for the Tires?? Keeping Original Passage?? Or, Getting new 27" Tires, if so, which kind ? I know the Knobby Treads wont be as smooth as what I have been using, but may be better when forced into dirt/grass areas alongside shoulders of the roads.......Thanks, Ray
rayr0683 is offline  
Old 10-20-10, 08:20 AM
  #2  
that_guy_zach
Senior Member
 
that_guy_zach's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: omicron persei 8
Posts: 808
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Panaracer's are the bees knees. Nashbar has them for 17.00 each right now.
that_guy_zach is offline  
Old 10-20-10, 09:34 AM
  #3  
bikemanbob
Senior Member
 
bikemanbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Metro Detroit
Posts: 860

Bikes: Bertoni Corsa Mondiale, Bridgestone T-700, Miyata 700 GT, Trek 600, Trek 560 Professional Series, Chrome Panasonic DX 2000, Peugeot PH12, Peugeot PX10, Schwinn World Voyageur, Schwinn Circuit, and Schwinn Voyageur

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Without seeing them, it is hard to say if you need to replace them. Did the bike tech say that you should replace them? I generally don't replace them if they are in good/fair condition. Or I keep the originals in a safe place and buy others to ride. Then if I want to change back to keep everything original, I can.
bikemanbob is offline  
Old 10-20-10, 09:41 AM
  #4  
auchencrow
Senior Member
 
auchencrow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Detroit
Posts: 10,327
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Originally Posted by rayr0683 View Post
.... I noticed that the Sidewall/Gumwall felt kind of Hardened/Dry....not very elastic/rubbery. I was wondering about replacing them. ...
Wonder no more : REPLACE them. Don't ride them.

+1 to the 27" Panaracer Pasellas.
__________________
- Auchen
auchencrow is offline  
Old 10-22-10, 12:59 AM
  #5  
sillygolem
No Money and No Sense
 
sillygolem's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Anderson, MO
Posts: 706
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I asked about this on this forum about a month ago and everyone recommended the Pasellas, but they were out of stock in 1 1/4" width everywhere I looked. I opted for Cheng Shin tires and I've been really happy with them so far.
sillygolem is offline  
Old 10-22-10, 02:57 AM
  #6  
Capecodder
Senior Member
 
Capecodder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Somewhere Between The Beginning And The End
Posts: 1,994
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Those tires are junk throw them out and get a new pair. For $12.00-$20.00 each you can buy fantastic tires and save yourself whole lot of trouble out on the road. I can tell you there is nothing worse than sitting on the side of the road with a blow-out that you can't repair due to a failed tire that should have been replaced.
Capecodder is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
cqlink
Classic & Vintage
2
06-23-19 08:19 PM
ReneV
Road Cycling
0
06-12-18 07:39 PM
SlimRider
General Cycling Discussion
11
11-26-12 12:10 PM
Daniel Perez
General Cycling Discussion
18
03-22-10 05:22 PM
KDC1956
Touring
0
12-08-09 10:13 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.