Bell Road Bike Tire with KEVLAR
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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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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.
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....
(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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good pavement grip. Does not stop thorns appreciably better than standard tires, yet weights notably more.Published 19 hours ago by Jan Okabe
These are some heavy tires buuut... After my first day riding with them in NYC they proved very strong, very comfortable, and quick over the rough stuff. A very reassuring tire.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Received promptly, fits correctly, haven't used much as bike is a work in progress.Published 12 days ago by keith A. Lindstrom