Reproduction 28" tires


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Dayton Vintage Speed

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Jul 5, 2018
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#1
I'm looking for reproduction 28" single tube tires. I've found Robert Dean's contact info and sent him an email. Are there any others making 28" turn of the century reproduction single tube tires?
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
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Evans, GA
#2
There are some solid rubber tires around but if you plan on riding it these aren't gonna work. I'd just go with the Deans unless you want to have some custom made wood clinchers made. Then you can run modern rubber. Anyway you go it won't be cheap. V/r Shawn
 

Craig Allen

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 23, 2016
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Millville NJ
#3
Dean's tires are $175. each, shipping included. Dean's tires are a vast improvement over the old Harper tires and you should be well pleased with them. They are available in black, white and red, smooth or ribbed tire treads. Remember that they need to be glued on the rim and should be heated up first so that they can stretch onto the rim. It is also a good idea to chisel a little wood around the valve stem hole for clearance. Look closely at the tire's valve stem for what I am talking about.
 

rusty_apache

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 25, 2016
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Alamo city
#5
A-Dugast in the Netherlands also makes tubulars.
https://a-dugastusa.com/products/small-bird-all-around
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These are pipestrello 32s in blackwall, roughly 1-1/4” unglued for display on my 1901 National racer. They are vastly more lightweight than the Robert Deans on my other 28” bikes. They go flat every few months because I probably over tightened the valve stem.

I prefer The RDs for anything I want to actually ride. They are so thick, It would be very difficult to puncture them in spite of being for display only.
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mrkmcdonnell

Finally riding a big boys bike
Apr 3, 2013
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#8
A-Dugast in the Netherlands also makes tubulars.
https://a-dugastusa.com/products/small-bird-all-around
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These are pipestrello 32s in blackwall, roughly 1-1/4” unglued for display on my 1901 National racer. They are vastly more lightweight than the Robert Deans on my other 28” bikes. They go flat every few months because I probably over tightened the valve stem.

I prefer The RDs for anything I want to actually ride. They are so thick, It would be very difficult to puncture them in spite of being for display only.
View attachment 911385
Pipistrellos have been discontinued all sizes and colors. They go flat because of the lightweight latex tubes, not as leaky as heavier butyl rubber found in recreational wheels. They could be treated with a sealer injection.
 

rusty_apache

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 25, 2016
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Alamo city
#9
Pipistrellos have been discontinued all sizes and colors. They go flat because of the lightweight latex tubes, not as leaky as heavier butyl rubber found in recreational wheels. They could be treated with a sealer injection.
Thanks for the information!
What is the best type of sealer to look for.
Certainly not the dreaded 16oz can of Fix a Flat? !
 

mrkmcdonnell

Finally riding a big boys bike
Apr 3, 2013
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138
New Jersey, United States
#10
Thanks for the information!
What is the best type of sealer to look for.
Certainly not the dreaded 16oz can of Fix a Flat? !
I mis spoke... The latex tubes are not as leak proof as a butyl tube on rec bikes but preferred for racing due to weight. They seep naturally. They typically need a pump every day on your rider. I've never sealed a tubular but if you go to bike forums or a site for roadies there is likely a conversation on it.
 

locomotion

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 15, 2011
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#13
I like those Pipistrellos Dugasts.
too bad to hear that they don't make them no more ... didn't buy any lately
real high end tyres for racing and riding
and they look great.

I use the Universal tires for my show bikes that I don't ride
they look great, but are heavy as hell
I probably have 20 bikes with them on
the white tires are too white, so you have to stain them to get a more vintage look, same with the reds, red is too bright so staining is the way to go

Max
 

locomotion

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 15, 2011
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rusty_apache

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 25, 2016
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Alamo city
#15
I like those Pipistrellos Dugasts.
too bad to hear that they don't make them no more ... didn't buy any lately
real high end tyres for racing and riding
and they look great.

I use the Universal tires for my show bikes that I don't ride
they look great, but are heavy as hell
I probably have 20 bikes with them on
the white tires are too white, so you have to stain them to get a more vintage look, same with the reds, red is too bright so staining is the way to go

Max
I really like the Pipestrellos, they are very lightweight and are the perfect size for a race bicycle.
As it turns out, the mud at Camp Ben McCullough in Driftwood Tx, puts a nice patina on white rubber!
 
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rusty_apache

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 25, 2016
217
503
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Alamo city
#16
Beautiful bicycle your 1901 National!
Thanks to Bill Corbett, it’s previous caretaker who made it available to me.
I would ride it briefly, but the racing spokes are compromised by rust and while I am a small person I just don’t want to risk it.
It’s probably going on loan to the Texas Transportation Museum at some point so many people can see it!
 

locomotion

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 15, 2011
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#17
Thanks for the information!
What is the best type of sealer to look for.
Certainly not the dreaded 16oz can of Fix a Flat? !
Oh now I understand why you ask about flats. Texas!!!!
When I lived in Dallas, those damn thorns in the trails would be a headaches on every runs! You really need some tough tires if your are going to ride in Texas.
Max
 
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GiovanniLiCalsi

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 29, 2012
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1,392
Alameda, California
#20
I have almost 450 miles on a pair of 1 3/4 white smooth Deans that I stretched to 30 inch for a 1892 Victor very happy
Please tell us your story about how you installed the tires. I’m going to order some RD’s and stretch them ove 30” rims...
 
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