Tire Sizes - Confessions Of A Fool
So , I got to thinking about what I'd written yesterday . And I actually went and checked . I don't know how I could have forgotten the real facts so completely !
That wonderful 1948 Carlton Cycles Python , with Sturmey Archer AM rear hub , and dropped-style handlebar by GB . . .
Has tyres in size 26 x 1 1/4 = 597 mm .
Well of course it does !
What was I thinking ?
Genuine Michelins , as a matter of fact .
Tyres marked : MICHELIN MADE IN ENGLAND 5 32 - 597 ( 26 X 1 1/4 SPORTS ) INFLATE UP TO 60 P.S.I.
With a date code of Y 14 Z
Tubes marked : 26 - 5M AIRSTOP MICHELIN MADE IN ITALY ( 650 x 32A 26 x 1 3/8 x 1 1/4 ) 28 / 32 - 590 - 584 - 597
With those wonderful all-metal , all-threaded , valve stems , and mysterious valves which look sort of like a Woods valve converted at the factory to allow a Presta sized pump .
Apologies to Peter Paine , just in case he read what I wrote yesterday , and wondered how I could have gotten things so wrong !
And to Hilary Stone , who surely would have known the truth of the matter , just from his vast store of knowledge , if I'd been too lazy to look at the actual tyres , and asked him instead !
And thanks to Andrew Muzi , for providing the spark which got my memories going correctly again !
I'll try harder to pay more attention in the future !