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Pedaltherapy

Finally riding a big boys bike
Those are old BF Goodrich tires. ill be replacing them in the spring with new kendas probably.
Which tires did you end up using? I've a 55 women's racer I'm rebuilding for my adult daughter and am confused over the tires. Existing tires are "Schwinn 26 x 1 3/8 for S5 or S6". I looked at Kenda 40s but reviewer said it wouldn't fit. You did great job cleaning that bike! I'm struggling getting my rims that clean though haven't tried a "chem" soak yet.
 

49autocycledeluxe

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Which tires did you end up using? I've a 55 women's racer I'm rebuilding for my adult daughter and am confused over the tires. Existing tires are "Schwinn 26 x 1 3/8 for S5 or S6". I looked at Kenda 40s but reviewer said it wouldn't fit. You did great job cleaning that bike! I'm struggling getting my rims that clean though haven't tried a "chem" soak yet.
I highly recommend finding original Schwinn tires as Kenda's are pretty much crap. they do not seat right on the rims and it is all but impossible to get them to roll well without bounce. there are still plenty of these tires out there, I just bought 4 at the last swap meet and the guy had even more Schwinn tires in a bunch of sizes.
 

SirMike1983

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
The size for that rim is a bead seat diameter of 597mm. The Kenda tire designation would be 37-597 (NOT 37-590). They are sometimes marketed as "K23" as well, but the ISO size designation of 37-597 is usually what to look for. The Kendas are OK tires, nothing great, but of passable quality. The other option is old stock tires, which were better-made, but of varying condition today depending on how they were used or stored over the years.
 

Pedaltherapy

Finally riding a big boys bike
I highly recommend finding original Schwinn tires as Kenda's are pretty much crap. they do not seat right on the rims and it is all but impossible to get them to roll well without bounce. there are still plenty of these tires out there, I just bought 4 at the last swap meet and the guy had even more Schwinn tires in a bunch of sizes.
Thank you for the insight. Didn't account for these issues when I bought the bike yet I like these Schwinns. I'll start my search!
 

Pedaltherapy

Finally riding a big boys bike
The size for that rim is a bead seat diameter of 597mm. The Kenda tire designation would be 37-597 (NOT 37-590). They are sometimes marketed as "K23" as well, but the ISO size designation of 37-597 is usually what to look for. The Kendas are OK tires, nothing great, but of passable quality. The other option is old stock tires, which were better-made, but of varying condition today depending on how they were used or stored over the years.
Really appreciate the info. I learn tons simply reading the comments posted by Cabers. I may simply buy a set of Kenda's for now then start looking for some old stock tires. Thnx again!
 
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