I had to replace the tires on my 45-50 year old Schwinn Continental bicycle. Found Bike Tires Direct, bought the tires, they arrived promptly, I installed them, I am very happy.
If you have 27 inch rims, this is the way to go Tan sidewalls, Black tred. Not only are the just like tires from the good old days, they have almost the same price!
For restoring old & vintage bikes this tire works great for all my ten speeds bikes. The price point is what keeps me rolling.
It had been so long since Id done much maintenance. on my bike. The tires were rotting on the rims. Put my bike in on my car when I took it to be repaired. When I went to ride it home found the front tire was flat. Now Im back in good shape again!
Although the tire is supposed to be desgned for rougher roads, i have had two tires fail with carcass tearing and splitting in one year, about 300 miles. I ride a mix of sidewalks, streets, paved paths, and crushed limestone. I inflate to the max, 85 psi. I weight 200 pounds. I didn't bash any curbs or potholes. But i do encounter the expected cracks, walnuts, etc. Tire is inexpensive, but not worth buying if it going to be so fragile. Don't be mislead by the sales description. Get some Continentals like i will be doing.
Bought a set June 2014, bike is kept indoors, and I've put less than 800 miles on them. Looked this weekend March 2016- the rear tire is splitting where the gum wall joins the black all around the tire on the rear one. The front tire is splitting here and there.
I had great expectations for these tires, but found they blew off my old rims- the original '70's rims with no hook. HOWEVER, on my new replacement Hook style rims, they are SWEET! More cush for the tush, and a great ride. THey can take proper pressure with a hook rim. I ran them at 70PSI on rough country roads, no problems. SUmmary Hook Rims Excellent value, old rims be careful, they will pop off.
ps, anybody have a tire that will stay on old school rims???
Still have my early eighties Fugi ( among others ) Has 27 non hooked rims and have had trouble with tires
blowing off the rim under pressure. So, years ago I was sold a pair of Chen Shin tires. Very heavy and
crude. Even had trouble centering the bead on the rim. Years go by, I've had enough ! I take a chance
and order the Kenda K40s ( gumwall good for classic authenticity ) Wow ! what a tire should be.
Mounts like a dream, no rim problems, It's light, flexible and rolls out smoooth. On first ride I immediatly
feel the reduced effort req'd to pedal. Feels like I gained 10 horsepower ! To top it off Bike Tires Direct
had them on sale. Value Five and one half stars ! Joel , Taos NM