Okay, who can tell me about German balloon tires?

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lgrinnings

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 31, 2010
850
Newburyport, MA
Howdy folks... I now have two bikes from the late 30s that have original tires manufactured in Germany. One pair are Veith Extra Prima (on a 1937 CWC) and the other are Phoenix Harburg Extra Prima (on a 1939 Westfield). They strike me as being nicer than traditional US made tires. They’ve held up remarkably well and they ride super smooth. What’s the deal? Does anyone have experience with prewar German tires? Any info is greatly appreciated.

-Lester

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ccmerz

Wore out three sets of tires already!
May 1, 2009
543
70
Belleville, Ontario, Canada
Here is a set of NOS Continentals that my LBS gave me some years ago (seen here mounted on Black Hawk rims with wood core). Actually, there were 3 in total. long sold........ The widest whites I have seen. Superb quality construction!
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bobcycles

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 30, 2006
4,826
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so cal beaches
Does anyone know roughly when the Continental Tires from Germany were produced...I've owned these from
time to time. Always seemed like high quality !
 

lgrinnings

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 31, 2010
850
Newburyport, MA
Does anyone know roughly when the Continental Tires from Germany were produced...I've owned these from
time to time. Always seemed like high quality !
My guess is that they’re mid-late 30s prewar. At some point we stopped importing from Germany because of the war. I’m thinking that had they been produced post-war, they’d say West Germany. This is just a hypothesis.
 
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Pedaler

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 27, 2010
49
Dublin, VA, United States
I know this is an older post, but someone a few posts up said the 1937 Indian used German tires originally. Does anyone know what make of tires those bikes came with from the factory and the size? Were they Veith Balloon Cord extra Prima?Size 26x2.00 ?
Thank you,
 
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bike

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 26, 2007
6,726
Bicycleland
you would think so but I have heard of original bikes with Fisk USA tires on them...I have had some Continental Balloon tires from Germany that a guy bought for his German Indian - 20+ years ago
 
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Archie Sturmer

I live for the CABE
Jun 13, 2018
1,417
Los Angeles, CA, USA
I believe the Kriegens used Hydrogen in their balloons which was prone explosion.
Herbert Morrison: "oh the humanity... the worst thing I've ever witnessed".
 

Pedaler

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 27, 2010
49
Dublin, VA, United States
you would think so but I have heard of original bikes with Fisk USA tires on them...I have had some Continental Balloon tires from Germany that a guy bought for his German Indian - 20+ years ago
Ok, thats cool. I have some NOS prewar Veith tires and I was curious and wondering if there was any connection. Thank you "bike"
 

Pirate of the Plains

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 15, 2016
119
Kansas City
I picked up a Monark the other day that has a pair of Hamburg Phoenix Tires Extra Prima and I’m very impressed with them as well. I’m having a hard time finding any records of sales at all. Usually means either they’re super rare and will fetch a good price to the right person or theres no interest in them and nobody wants them. The first seems more likely in my opinion
 

Pirate of the Plains

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 15, 2016
119
Kansas City
Luckily Im too young to understand that reference so if your post was meant to have a negative or mocking connotation towards me Im oblivious to it and I prefer it that way so if you have any fresh Eddie Cantor or 3 stooges references you wana bust out feel free. Keep that topical comedy gold coming

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bricycle

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 18, 2009
23,466
Chicago area west
I had an Austrian made straightbar JC Higgins that had German tires on it.
 
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