Tires Worksman tire

Discussion in 'Bicycle Repair' started by butch27, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. butch27

    butch27 Guest

    Where can I buy a 26x2.125 Worksman tire without knobby tire look? Need something that looks like old boardtrack tire.
     

  2. DougC

    DougC Guest

    When I bought a Worksman bike (new) I picked the kevlar-reinforced tires option, which I think was $30/tire. The tires don't have any manufacturer name on them at all, but they look just like one of the regular street tread tires from Cheng Shin, in particular the Cheng Shin C241 Street Tire:
    http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_info.php?products_id=1384

    Many of the boardtrack-era cycles used tires commonly called "button tread".
    On the Coker site you can see pictures of their repro button-tread motorcycle tires, just to get an idea of what you're looking for:
    http://store.coker.com/cat/clincher-motorcycles-tires/
    Last time I checked (a few months ago) none of the button-tread tires from Coker would fit a modern 26" bicycle wheel except for the red BF Goodrich tires that are sold explicitly as bicycle tires.

    Cheng Shin has a tire that looks pretty close to a button tread--the Cheng Shin C693 Knobby in blackwall, shown here on Niagra Cycle Works site:
    http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_info.php?products_id=1383
    They call this a "knobby", but by dirt-riding standards it is really pretty mild tread and I think it'd do fine for street riding. I searched and asked around for a long time, and did not find any 26" bike tires that were true button-tread. The Cheng Shins above is the closest I ever found--and quite conveniently, are among the lowest-priced tires around.

    .....I ended up getting white Kenda tires for my bike, but they are not button-tread at all.

    None of the Cheng Shin tires cost a lot. Most of the ones shown on Amazon are coming from Niagra Cycle Works or BikeWorldUSA.

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    You can also find vintage bicycle tires on eBay and other places but if they are not the size you need (which is 26" x 2.125") then they will not fit the rims you have. There's a long explanation on the Sheldon Brown site about it, but basically--a bicycle tire that uses a fractional sizing specification (like 26" x 2-1/4") will not exchange with a tire that uses decimal sizing (such as 26" x 2.25"), even if by their dimensions the tires appear outwardly to be roughly the same size. The bead sizing for the two systems is not the same, so don't waste your money and time.

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    Further,,,, I looked around online at the time I received the Worksman and couldn't find any other place to buy Cheng Shin-branded tires that had the kevlar belts, so I don't know how Worksman was getting them. Maybe it was special order or something...... Most of the Cheng Shin tires also had the Cheng Shin name stamped on them, and the tires I got from Worksman didn't have that, or any other brand-name.
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  3. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    "There's a long explanation on the Sheldon Brown site about it, but basically--a bicycle tire that uses a fractional sizing specification (like 26" x 2-1/4") will not exchange with a tire that uses decimal sizing (such as 26" x 2.25"), even if by their dimensions the tires appear outwardly to be roughly the same size. The bead sizing for the two systems is not the same, so don't waste your money and time."

    26x21/4 is the exact same number as 26x2.25............I dont understand that
     
  4. DougC

    DougC Guest

    The outer dimensions of those tires would be the same size, but the bead diameters will not be.

    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire_sizing.html
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  5. DetonatorTuning

    DetonatorTuning Active Member

    have you looked at the Continental Town & Country ?

    may not be just what you are looking for but it's in the size range you mentioned.

    steve
     
  6. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    Thats good info to know when it comes time for a tire. I hate taking stuff back and I would have tried to put it on and probably nicked it a few times and then couldnt.
     
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