26X1&3/8 tires best fit

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sam

I live for the CABE
May 24, 2006
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San Antonio, United States
Question: what is the best 26X1&38 tire for a non-hook rim? Or in other words what tire in this size fits rims the tightest?
 

Roger Henning

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 2, 2018
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Which if the 3 sizes are you looking for. 26 x 1 3/8 590 BSD Raleigh and department store bikes. 26 x 1 3/8 597 BSD post WW2 Schwinns and some Raleighs. 26 x 1.375 BSD. pre WW2 light weights including Schwinns. BSD is bead seat diameter. Roger
 
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bikewhorder

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Nov 9, 2011
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Question: what is the best 26X1&38 tire for a non-hook rim? Or in other words what tire in this size fits rims the tightest?
Yeah, in the bike tire world 26 x 1 3/8 and 26 x 1.375 are not the same
 

sam

I live for the CABE
May 24, 2006
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San Antonio, United States
The 590 size. Who makes a 589--ha ha. I just need the tightest fitting 590 made.
 

SirMike1983

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Jun 27, 2008
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I haven't tried all the different 590 tires out there, but I noticed the creme-colored Schwalbe Delta Cruisers were always tighter fitting than the Kenda or Panaracer tires I've used. I actually found them too tight - really hard to mount and remove on the Sun CR-18 rims I was using at the time. My experience at least.
 
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SKPC

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Feb 2, 2018
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All tires fit differently, even when marked the same size. The 26 x 1-3/8 (590bead) tires are made by many manufacturers. I saw this tire below on ebay, and wonder if it is true.....1.75 wide. Electric bike based, but this seems pretty wide, and the only one I have seen in 1.75" width...I wonder if it is a typo..

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Cst-Premium-Classic-Breaker-Tire-Cstp-Classic-Breaker-26x1-75-Bk-bk-Sc-apl/302341020484?_trkparms=aid=222007&algo=SIM.MBE&ao=2&asc=20160323102634&meid=b2fdf62751bf429ea372f4949fa2bba6&pid=100623&rk=4&rkt=6&sd=372655609454&itm=302341020484&_trksid=p2047675.c100623.m-1
 
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harpon

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 8, 2012
155
Jacksonville FL
I'm a big fan of putting 700c rims on the old lightweights- Alloy rims are much easier to come by and you have a wider variety of tires and can go much lighter and skinny. It may not be the main intent of this collectors forum-sorry- but they fit. If you need to change brakes around generally good inexpensive alloy calipers with shorter reach are out there. It all means a potential substantial weight savings on what are usually not bad frames.

below- 27 x 1 1/4 with 3 speed coaster from Schwinn World onto an old Hercules- tighter fit still more than 700c- note fork clearance
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sam

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May 24, 2006
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I haven't tried all the different 590 tires out there, but I noticed the creme-colored Schwalbe Delta Cruisers were always tighter fitting than the Kenda or Panaracer tires I've used. I actually found them too tight - really hard to mount and remove on the Sun CR-18 rims I was using at the time. My experience at least.
Thanks SirMike that's what I'm looking for. The rims I have are vintage Dunlops but seem to run small and are straight sides. So the Schwallabes night do the trick
 
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3-speeder

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sam

I live for the CABE
May 24, 2006
1,483
San Antonio, United States
I like the Schwalbe Delta Cruisers. I've used a few pair of these ones with K-guard:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Schwalbe-Delta-Cruiser-K-Guard-26-x-1-3-8-37-590-Tire-Black/401531759422
Bike wagon has treated me well when ordering from them. Just know that these tires have a larger girth and may need a slightly greater clearance. On my Raleighs I've had to spread out the front of the fender a bit to accommodate these tires. I really like them though.
Ordered the Delta Cruisers from Bike wagon. they came today and fit tight thanks 3-speeder and SirMike---sam
 
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