[CR]English Tire Size Question

Example: Racing:Wayne Stetina

Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2003 10:40:36 -0700 (PDT)
From: Derek Willburn <morganx9@yahoo.com>
Subject: [CR]English Tire Size Question
To: VintageBikes <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>

Hello, An interesting English bike for sale uses tires that are 26" x 1-3/8". The seller said that this size tire was used on many English Lightweight bicycles of the 60s. I am not able to see the bike in person and would like to know if this is true or is this size just a weird tire measurement that is actually the same as a common 27" wheel or 700c. The picture of the bike looks like a standard racing bike but has nothing to
show scale.
Derek Willburn
Long Beach, CA