Re: [CR]Pye tires


From: "ternst" <ternst1@cox.net>
To: <joebz@optonline.net>, "Tony & Shellie Welch" <tswelch@indy.net>
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Subject: Re: [CR]Pye tires
Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2006 18:39:14 -0800
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cc: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org

Joe might know something I didn't. I don't remember the tires being made out of silk. I was under the impression that they were cottons.
>From my experience The track riders always wanted cotton and not silk for their track racing. Some new stuff to chew on. Great! Ted Ernst Palos Verdes Estates, CA


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Subject: Re: [CR]Pye tires



> I'll tell you what little I know. Pye tires were made in Newark, NJ
> during the height of the velodrome activity there. The tire casings were
> made of parachute silk. There is a picture in "Hearts of Lions" by Peter
> Nye showing a part of the Pye process involving winding the casing on a
> large drum.
>
> Given that they were made from top quality silk and reputed to be well
> made, I suspect that any blowouts were due to light weight and high
> pressures.
>
>
> Joe Bender-Zanoni
> Great Noth, NJ
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Tony & Shellie Welch <tswelch@indy.net>
> Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 7:52 pm
> Subject: [CR]Pye tires
>
>> I just finished the book Six Days of Madness by Ted Harper. In the
>> book
>> he said that he has yet (1993) to see a tire to compare to the old
>> Pye
>> track tires. He also said blowouts were common then.
>>
>> Anyone know why there were so many blowouts if the tires were so good?
>>
>> Tony Welch
>> Indianapolis, IN
>> USA