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Old 10-16-21, 07:08 AM
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cheap source for 27" tires?

i have a bunch of old road bikes with rotting/flaking gumwalls on them. Is there a good way to find tires for a little less? Seems like the cheapest I see on ebay is $20 shipped. I'd like to buy 5-10 at a little less if possible. It's adding up to retread these old bikes.
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That's about as cheap as they get; here are quality 27" for that price. (20% off if new customer) My stash of $6 Nashbar 27's has run out.
https://www.westernbikeworks.com/pro...-4-tire?sg=500
https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...thread-12.html
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Originally Posted by 777funk View Post
i have a bunch of old road bikes with rotting/flaking gumwalls on them. Is there a good way to find tires for a little less? Seems like the cheapest I see on ebay is $20 shipped. I'd like to buy 5-10 at a little less if possible. It's adding up to retread these old bikes.
Are they all regular riders? No sense in buying new tires for a bike you're just going to hang up again.
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Old 10-16-21, 02:28 PM
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Are they all regular riders? No sense in buying new tires for a bike you're just going to hang up again.
It just happens that my favorite of them has one bad tire. But I'd like to keep a couple extra on hand for down the road.

And... I have 2 or 3 bikes I really like. Thus WANTing to keep them in the rotation. NEED? only one and maybe one spare for guests. But... family members etc. Good to have parts and spare tires on hand.
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Doesn't sound like you really like them. If you are looking at bottom of the barrel tires. I wouldn't be cheap tires on a bike I actually wish to ride often, cheap tires are there as quick stop gap or for a complete emergency not on a bike I like. I want a good ride and tires are a massive part of that.
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Doesn't sound like you really like them. If you are looking at bottom of the barrel tires. I wouldn't be cheap tires on a bike I actually wish to ride often, cheap tires are there as quick stop gap or for a complete emergency not on a bike I like. I want a good ride and tires are a massive part of that.
I guess I don't know better enough to know a difference. All my bike tires are around $20 (CST, other brands I don't know) and the existing good tire on that bike is a Bell and all ride just fine (for me). The bad tire has a rotting gum wall. I do know enough to know this is a problem (innertube is starting to have a hernia).
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Good tires make a noticeable difference in ride quality. At 27", your choices are more limited. I have enjoyed Panaracer Pasela road tires for number of years. The tour guard (TG) variant, or whatever designation is may have now, doesn't feel much less lively. The problem is the pliable sidewall which cuts easily, ruining the tire.

AliExpress has CST or equivalent 27 x 1 1/4 tires at ~$17.50 to ~18.50 delivered, but you'll have to wait for 90 days give or take.
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I don't see why folks don't check their local bike shop. My LBS has 27" CSTs for $18 per tire or a little less than the poster has found on the internet.
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Originally Posted by 777funk View Post
I guess I don't know better enough to know a difference. All my bike tires are around $20 (CST, other brands I don't know) and the existing good tire on that bike is a Bell and all ride just fine (for me). The bad tire has a rotting gum wall. I do know enough to know this is a problem (innertube is starting to have a hernia).
Good tires will make a huge difference in the ride of a bike. That is the whole reason for nicer tires. They may be more supple or maybe more puncture protectant and might also have great grip or certain other features. Bell is a helmet maker primarily I think the stuff found in Wally-Mart is probably branded product to give them illusion of some quality. Certainly in an emergency if I need a tire and am nowhere near a bike shop or for some reason that bike shop is out of any tire that will work and I need to get moving I would buy as a stop gap but I would much rather have a quality tire.

Schwalbe, Continental, Panaracer and Vittoria all make quality tires in 27" and probably most of them are going to be puncture protection oriented they will be much better rubber than the low end stuff.
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Originally Posted by ARider2 View Post
I don't see why folks don't check their local bike shop. My LBS has 27" CSTs for $18 per tire.
I'd rather pay $10 more per tire and get one online that I actually enjoy riding [Panaracer Pasela].
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