Friday, August 8, 2008

Jalopy Bikes With Techie Tires

From The NY Times

BICYCLE lovers, thrifty as well as trend conscious, are pulling neglected 10-speeds from storage and readying them for the road again. (Let the environmentally aware bragging rights begin.)

These bicycles, made in the 1970s and 80s, used 27-inch wheels, which have been replaced with the smaller 700c wheels by road bike manufacturers. But a recent surge in sales of 27-inch tires suggests that the lowly steeds of yore are gaining new life as commuter bikes and weekend cruisers. read more here


beardsarefun said...

you'd be better suited with a more conventional 700c or even a modern 26" (ie:not x1 3/8). Most 27" bikes have center-pull brakes which will allow you to run 700c wheels and still have the brake pads hit the rim. Then again, 27" tires are about $4 per tire less expensive if your wheels are in good shape.