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smontanaro 09-27-16 08:45 AM

650A tires - what do you like?
 
I'm converting a Schwinn Speedster (steel, 597) to 650A (alloy, 590). What tires do people like in this size? (I figured this bunch would know what's out there.) Thx...

bazil4696 09-27-16 09:34 AM

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I like the Schwalbe Delta Cruiser whitewalls.
I have a set of Continental City Ride skins that are good, too, and look nice. I just wish they were gumwall. Blackwalls leave me wanting a little more pizzazz, and I compare them to my cheaper kendas on a CCM that I flipped

smontanaro 09-27-16 09:45 AM

Thanks for the suggestions. The Schwalbe website suggests they have a gumwall version of their Delta Cruiser, article number 11101084. The Continental website suggests they have a whitewall version of the City Ride, article number 0100705. That Delta Cruiser with "creme" sidewalls might be the ticket.

Edit: Never mind on the screme Schwalbe. That's a full white tire, not really my style...

noglider 09-27-16 10:57 AM

I had the Delta Cruiser tires on my 3-speed, and they felt like rocks to me. I switched to cheap Kenda tires and was happier. Your kilometerage may vary.

smontanaro 09-27-16 11:21 AM

Good to know, Tom. I realize I'm entering a space where there aren't a ton of choices (though there are more than for the completely obsolete 597 rims Schwinn used to use). Jan Heine, where are you when we really need you???

bazil4696 09-27-16 11:23 AM


Originally Posted by smontanaro (Post 19085065)
Thanks for the suggestions. The Schwalbe website suggests they have a gumwall version of their Delta Cruiser, article number 11101084. The Continental website suggests they have a whitewall version of the City Ride, article number 0100705. That Delta Cruiser with "creme" sidewalls might be the ticket.

Edit: Never mind on the screme Schwalbe. That's a full white tire, not really my style...

I've got the creme delta cruisers on my medium grey Gazelle, but it so needed the punch of some brightness. I wouldn't want them on my Raleighs. I was hoping to find a set of Panaracers, they get good raves from others who have them, but my LBS had the Continentals in stock, so I went with them.

SquidPuppet 09-27-16 11:35 AM


Originally Posted by noglider (Post 19085300)
Your kilometerage may vary.

:lol::lol:

BigChief 09-27-16 03:19 PM

There is also Road Sport in 590. Haven't heard a thing about them one way or the other. They look nice. No reflective strips at least. I've been happy with Kendas so far.
https://www.specialized.com/us/en/co...adsport/105857

gster 09-27-16 05:44 PM


Originally Posted by bazil4696 (Post 19085036)
I like the Schwalbe Delta Cruiser whitewalls.
I have a set of Continental City Ride skins that are good, too, and look nice. I just wish they were gumwall. Blackwalls leave me wanting a little more pizzazz, and I compare them to my cheaper kendas on a CCM that I flipped

Mini fenders! or as the refined say.. "Fenderettes".

gster 09-28-16 04:30 AM

Vintage Schwinn 3 Speed
 
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For sale locally (Toronto) I suspect a re-branded Raleigh product.

BigChief 09-28-16 05:27 AM

That's a Schwinn lightweight. Well... Not as light as a lugged Raleigh Sports, but for a Schwinn, it's lightweight.
Nice bikes though. They had different names over the years. Not sure which one this is. And...No cotter pins!

thumpism 09-28-16 05:36 AM


Originally Posted by BigChief (Post 19086920)
That's a Schwinn lightweight. Well... Not as light as a lugged Raleigh Sports, but for a Schwinn, it's lightweight.
Nice bikes though. They had different names over the years. Not sure which one this is. And...No cotter pins!

And this one appears to have a front wheel smaller than the rear, with a different brake to achieve the reach required. Looks like an early Parapull brake.

bazil4696 09-28-16 06:19 AM


Originally Posted by gster (Post 19086864)
For sale locally (Toronto) I suspect a re-branded Raleigh product.

The Raleigh frames are easy to spot because of the fender bolt hole and hole boss sticking straight out the back of the rear lug. They were the only mfg to do that.

BigChief 09-28-16 06:24 AM

I don't know enough about schwinns to say for sure, but this appears to be an earlier model. Early 60s maybe. A Traveler or World, something like that. You're right. The front wheel does look smaller. It's not just perspective. weird.

Velognome 09-28-16 06:32 AM

In defense of Delta Cruisers. I ran them slightly lower than the recommended pressure. They rode soft, like giant marshmallows. Great for Boardwalk rides or trips around the block, which is what I assume they were designed for.

My Kilometerage was dim....course I measured it through a Lucas lamp so what more could be expected?

browngw 09-28-16 10:13 AM

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Originally Posted by noglider (Post 19085300)
I had the Delta Cruiser tires on my 3-speed, and they felt like rocks to me. I switched to cheap Kenda tires and was happier. Your kilometerage may vary.

I replaced the cheap Kenda tires on my 3speed Robin Hood with Delta Cruisers and unlike Tom, liked the ride and feel of the slightly more volumous Schwalbe. Sure do look good on "Robin". Sorry Tom:)

noglider 09-28-16 10:56 AM

I don't understand why I had that experience with the Delta Cruisers. Most people report that the ride is soft. I should consider myself an outlier.

Salubrious 09-28-16 11:19 AM


Originally Posted by BigChief (Post 19087000)
I don't know enough about schwinns to say for sure, but this appears to be an earlier model. Early 60s maybe. A Traveler or World, something like that. You're right. The front wheel does look smaller. It's not just perspective. weird.

Its a Schwinn Racer with the more deluxe chrome package. The front wheel has been replaced.

michaelz28 09-28-16 04:46 PM

What is the story with a Handsworth ( UK ) built bike ? I always assumed my bike was built at Nottingham . The bike is a 74 Sports

SirMike1983 09-28-16 08:14 PM


Originally Posted by BigChief (Post 19087000)
I don't know enough about schwinns to say for sure, but this appears to be an earlier model. Early 60s maybe. A Traveler or World, something like that. You're right. The front wheel does look smaller. It's not just perspective. weird.

Probably so. Looks like a '63-64 Traveler to me with quite a bit wrong with it. The Raleigh 3 speed was the better bike by that time. Would pass on that Schwinn-- too much work and money for that bike to be complete again.

SirMike1983 09-28-16 08:15 PM

1958 Raleigh Sports with the FW hub. Brakes are the original holders with modified Kool Stop Mafac Tandem pads in them. Save your brake shoe holders. You can modify Kool Stop pads with a Dremel to fit.

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yxTZ6XGNF...925_175125.jpg
https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TVBVUgAAl...925_175140.jpghttps://1.bp.blogspot.com/-P8xXmacR0...925_174206.jpg

BigChief 09-28-16 08:30 PM


Originally Posted by SirMike1983 (Post 19088908)
1958 Raleigh Sports with the FW hub. Brakes are the original holders with modified Kool Stop Mafac Tandem pads in them. Save your brake shoe holders. You can modify Kool Stop pads with a Dremel to fit.

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yxTZ6XGNF...925_175125.jpg
https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TVBVUgAAl...925_175140.jpghttps://1.bp.blogspot.com/-P8xXmacR0...925_174206.jpg

Wow, what a beauty!! Doesn't get any better than this. Someday I'll find a 50s tall frame Sports.

gster 09-29-16 04:08 AM


Originally Posted by SirMike1983 (Post 19088908)
1958 Raleigh Sports with the FW hub. Brakes are the original holders with modified Kool Stop Mafac Tandem pads in them. Save your brake shoe holders. You can modify Kool Stop pads with a Dremel to fit.

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yxTZ6XGNF...925_175125.jpg
https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TVBVUgAAl...925_175140.jpghttps://1.bp.blogspot.com/-P8xXmacR0...925_174206.jpg

Fantastic!

Stadjer 09-29-16 06:40 AM


Originally Posted by browngw (Post 19087528)
I replaced the cheap Kenda tires on my 3speed Robin Hood with Delta Cruisers and unlike Tom, liked the ride and feel of the slightly more volumous Schwalbe. Sure do look good on "Robin". Sorry Tom:)

Great colour. I'd like to steel it and ride it to the poor.

bazil4696 09-30-16 09:11 AM

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I decided I liked the machined shifter cable pulley so much, that I'd like to see what it looks like in brass.
I included a shot of the stainless one I presented last week.
I'm tending to go with the brass one, because it makes the gold pinstriping pop.
Brass one is mounted on my '73 Raleigh superbe, the stainless one on my '71 Raleigh Superbe


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