I aksed Peter off-list what tyres he would recommend, and he told me that any of the Japanese 27x1's which appear on eBay from time to time will be fine. He sent me the following url of some currently on eBay in the US as an example (but as Peter, told me, you can search for '27" tires', and make sure they're 27x1):
This link worked for me, but let me know if you experience a problem.
By the way, you need to be sure to get suitable brake blocks for steel rims, and be aware that when wet, steel rims can take more stopping than in the dry.
Neil Foddering Weymouth, Dorset, England
>From: dima <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Reply-To: dima <email@example.com>
>To: "ternst" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Re: [Bulk] Re: [CR]Wired-on vs. clincher
>Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2007 11:09:54 -0400
>Monday, July 23, 2007, 12:01:46 AM, Ted Ernst wrote:
> > Well, I guess I should put my two cts. worth in.
> > The word clincher is tricky.
> > They had "clincher" type tires in the 1890's.
> > The wood rims were routed out and the tires had a sort of
> > notch/groove that held the tire in place as the tire had a matching
> > to size that was a male female type "hook" or groove.
> > I don't know if all the tires at that time were wire bead or only rubber
> > fabrick.
> > For almost a hundred years the Euros had "clincher"tires that had no
> > bead but clinched the rim notch to hold the pressure and position.
> > Many of these old type tires had about a 1/2" flap on each side that lay
> > across the rim bed and protected the tube from nipple heads.It was a
> > pinching job as the tire was pulled and stretched over the rim into
> > one side at a time with the tube inside.
> > Later these tires would in our time be called hook edge bead tires and
> > wire bead.
> > This was prewar and is today.
> > Before the war the wired on I think were named because of the bead
> > construction but were straight side rims without hookedge rims or tires.
> > It has now being used as a generic term for non sew-ups.
> > The cruiser bikes still are straight side rims as are the 26x1-3/8th and
> > 1-1/4 sizes for our use, and many of the Fench stock metric sizes, et.,
> > Cauition must be used when straight size rims are fit with hook edge
> > tires as most will creep off the rim and "Thar she Blows!".
> > Many straight side tires can be fit into hookedge bead rims but it takes
> > general experience knowledge or experimentation to know this, and I
> > think the johnny come latelys 20 years ago in Bicycling mag had that
> > of research.
> > If I'm wrong, not having the article, I 'll eat crow now. If I'm not
> > then i'll crow about it now, too.
> > OK you pundits, time to chime in.
>Thanks for all the info. What you say above (about the danger of tires
>blowing off) is confirmed by Sheldon Brown - on his site, he says that
>modern hi-pressure tires, while they can be used on old wired-on rims,
>should not be pumped above 70-75psi.
>Practically, last night I won the Dunlop special lightweight rims
>pointed to by Neil:
>Now, the question is what tires to get for these? Recommendations are