Cruisin' on my Bluebird
I noticed that these Kenda tires have been coming back into stock slowly, so more must have been produced and shipped over. Part of it is COVID shutting down production facilities for periods of time, and part of it is that there's a shipping and receiving back up in many of the west coast ports. The prices for these tires have significantly inflated since COVID started. Some years ago, $40 would buy you a set of tires and tubes, and the shipping needed to get them. Now it is $30 for just one tire, without shipping. The white walls have always seemed a little harder to find than the gum or the black. They're of OK quality, and tend to sell well because there appears to be no viable competition for new production tires. Old stock tires tended to be better made, but that's a different matter. Jumping from 590mm (English 3-speed size) to 597mm (Schwinn 3-speed size) causes you to drop from a few new tire options, to just the one. I wish something like a new Schwalbe or Panaracer mid-level quality was available for the Schwinn rims. You gain a lot by moving from a basic level tire like Kenda up to Schwalbe or Panaracer.