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Bell Road Bike Tire with KEVLAR

4.1 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
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Price: $7.95 - $51.82
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  • KEVLAR layer provides more strength and extra puncture resistance
  • Carbon steel bead allows tire to be folded without damage for easy storage
  • Inverted tread provides sure grip but less rolling resistance for easier pedaling on pavement
  • Wheel size: 26" x 1 3/8", 27" x 1.25", and 700c x 32-45c.

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Product Description

Our Bell Road Bike Tire with Kevlar features a rugged carbon steel bead and a layer of DuPont KEVLAR. The tire folds and unfolds without damage. KEVLAR layer provides extra protection against flats. Available in 26" x 1 3/8", 27" x 1.25", and 700c x 32-45c.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 4 x 6.5 inches ; 1.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B001UG4VCQ
  • Item model number: 1002019-PARENT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,640 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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There are several reviewers that are confused about bicycle tire measurements. For good web site that has a full description just look at Sheldon Brown's article [...]

These 27" and 26" tires are made to fit older 10 speed/english racer type bikes. You should remember that the 26"x1-3/8" size predates the MTB era by at least three decades, they came first. If you have an old Raleigh three speed or a 1970s Peugeot then these are the tires you need in the appropriate rim size. In general, if you have a Mountain bike or your bike is less then 20 years old, these are probably the wrong tires for you.

I have used both the 27" and 26" versions on my vintage bikes. I gave them 4 stars because they are about durability and puncture resistance. Both sizes are suited for commuting, city, country roads and heavier riders. If you are considering racing I would chose another tire, but then you wouldn't be on a 50 year old 3 speed bike would you?

As far as slipping off the rim, common installation problem. The bead on tires of that era has problems with the seating the inner tube. The inner tube around the filler valve is thicker so the tire sits on top of it if you aren't careful. Inflate the tire with any part of the bead resting on the tube, the tube will shove the tire off and explode. You can push the filler valve as far as you can into the tire after you mount it, partially inflate the tube when you mount it, stretch the tube, put it inside the tire and mount them together, to make sure there is no part of the tube under the bead.
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Size: 27" x 1 1/4" Verified Purchase
I recently bought this Bell 27 inch road tire and I'd say, I am pretty happy with it. I ride the roads of New York City and every morning, the roads are littered with broken glass and sharp pebbles and potholes. So far, my tires have held up to its reputation of repelling glass or any sharp items. I will inspect my tires after every ride and will see some glass lodged into it, and i will dust it off and it just falls off. One time a glass DID penetrate but not deep enough to affect my inner tubes. Its a little more difficult to put on than other tires but very much worth it. And as a little bit of info, this tire can be pumped 75 to 90 psi. Happy Riding!!!!

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More than a year (its now 8/8/11) after I bought these tires, and after miles and miles of riding, i finally got a flat. BUT--- the flat is not because the tires failed--a spoke poked through and punctured my tubes from the inside! The tires held and protected my tubes. Some people here said that Bell makes bad stuff. Maybe they do, but these tires are far from bad. Best tires and best purchase I ever made....
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Size: 27" x 1 1/4" Verified Purchase
These are the best tires on the market.They withstand alot of stress from the roads and wear wonderfully.Since we ride our bikes an average of 300 miles per week or more it is important to have good tires especially when you are riding to and from work.
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Size: 26" x 1 3/8" Verified Purchase
Nicely packaged, but the tire has conflicting information. Molded into the sidewall is the word Nylon. There is also a molded label on each tire that says Kevlar. Well, it can't be both. I guess since the tires are made in China that confusion reigns. The only way to find out is if they get punctured. If they puncture, the tire cord is Nylon, not Kevlar as advertised. Otherwise, the tires are just right. I'll be taking them out for their first ride in a couple days.
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Size: 27" x 1 1/4" Verified Purchase
I tried these as cheap replacements on my 1984 Bridgestone 400. It has the original Araya #18 rims that are straight-wall and have no hook for the bead. While I could get them looking evenly seated initially, riding they always developed a bulge as the bead worked loose. The result was frequent pinch flats (even at the max rated 90 psi) and a blowout, in addition to noticeable vibration. The photos show the contrast between the properly seated and where it has started to stretch and bulge outward (sorry for the lack of focus). I remounted the tires several times, keeping the labels aligned with the valve stems; they would bulge in unpredictable locations when riding, this one just happened to be near the valve stem.
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Size: 27" x 1 1/4" Verified Purchase
Ordered a pair and they worked great at first, but then both tires each picked up a nail, directly in the center (where the Kevlar is supposed to be). Absolutely zero flat protection compared to my old, non-Kevlar tires. Saw the reviews and said, "Well, Bell makes awful products, but this seems to have good reviews." I gambled and I lost. The first nail went into the tire directly above the logo that says "Bell with Kevlar"... oh, the irony!
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Size: 27" x 1 1/4" Verified Purchase
I bought these tires (27x1-1/4) as part of a restoration project on a vintage road bike. These are well worth the money. They're well made and they've really been holding up for the month or so that i've been riding on them. i'll update the review if i encounter any problems.
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This tire (700C size, which has a different tread than the one shown) is about twice as heavy as the OEM Trek Tires that came on my Trek Hybrid 720 (1994). The OEM tires held up for a very long time with very little problems. After not biking for about 8 years, I began biking again in 2011 at a heavier weight and the tires wore much more quickly. So the OEM tires lasted about 17 years and had 30k miles or more on them. I replaced the rear tire with the Kevlar Bell tire (700C) several months ago.
(edited Jan/2015) The significantly higher weight of this tire has a bigger effect than I first realized (it's also 3x the weight, not twice). Before putting this tire on, I generally kept my chain on the largest chain-ring of 48 teeth, even on steep hills. Since moving to this tire, I have noticed that I have to keep the chain-ring on the 38 toothed chain-ring. I didn't put the two together until I was looking to replace my front tire and looking at reviews where I found that other people were having the same problem (problems with hills and a heavier tire). This problem would be substantially worse if my bike had a suspension. The complaint's I've read correspond with my own experience of about 15-20% more effort on hills and it would be worse with a suspension, including just a front suspension if the tire was on the front. I don't fully understand it, but the fact that the weight is spinning make it worse and if it were on a suspension fork, it would become un-sprung mass which is even worse than that. I am going to try to replace this tire with an OEM or equivalent. I bought this tire because I desperately needed it in a pinch and didn't have time to look for a better tire.
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