WANTED:   I want 28 x 1 1/2" tyres like the old Dunlops posted by: David Poston on 7/31/2008 at 9:35:45 PM
I'm curious what the consensus is regarding the best repro tyre out there that best mimics the original Dunlops, with the correct block-pattern tread and generous width. I have ran across tyres that are wide and sturdy (e.g., Schwalbes) but lack the correct tread pattern, as well as tyres with the correct tread pattern (e.g., Indian brands)--even those that read "Inflate Hard"--but are rather narrow and lacking in quality.

So what's the verdict? What's the best tyre out there?

So far, I'm aware that Sheldon sells Kendas with a "block tread," but no pics of tyres to verify this. The Old Bicycle Company has pics of some with block tread, but I have yet to see them in person, so I don't know if they are the cheap, skinny ones.

I'm sure with our collective knowledge here we can nail this down. I know some of us are still riding around on the old Dunlops, but they are bound to give way sooner or later.


   RE:WANTED: I want 28 x 1 1/2 posted by Matthew on 8/1/2008 at 12:44:14 PM
Hi David,

Have you thought about Michelin? My trade bike is on two year old Michs with good looking tread. I also have hanging up some 26 X 1 & 1/2 from old Bicycle good quality and good looking too.

Matthew - often two tired.

PS Kenda are good quality nice riding tyres.

   RE:RE:WANTED: I want 28 x 1 1/2 posted by David Poston on 8/3/2008 at 10:07:38 AM

Do your Michelins have the correct block tread pattern? (Pics?) I noticed both Cycles of Yesteryear and The Old Bicycle Company have tyres with block tread, has anyone tried these?

I just ordered a pair of Kendas with block tread from Harris Cyclery, I'll let you know how those work out.


   RE:WANTED:   I want 28 x 1 1/2 posted by David on 8/3/2008 at 10:15:31 AM
I have Kendas on my DL-1 and they seem perfectly good.

   RE:WANTED: I want 28 x 1 1/2 posted by Matthew on 8/4/2008 at 11:36:23 AM
Hi David,

look for an e-mail with tread in the title coming soon from my Hotmail address.

Matthew - on the trail of the lonesome tyre

AGE / VALUE:    posted by: sh on 7/31/2008 at 3:46:08 PM
Sorry Chris,as Steve said I probably misunderstood you.Looking back I can see what you meant!Sorry again.Do enjoy this site,will tell you when I do find another bike!

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Front rod brake guide needed for Phillips bike posted by: David Poston on 7/31/2008 at 3:01:56 PM
If anyone happens to have an extra rod brake guide (the thing that clamps onto your front fork to support the rod brake stirrup) for a c. 1950s Phillips roadster bike, please let me know. I'm trying to put together my bike (after buying it almost a year ago), and it seems to be missing.

I know aftermarket versions are available, but I want the real deal.


   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Front rod brake guide needed for Phillips bike posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 8/4/2008 at 2:27:50 AM
Methinks this may be the same "hand" as the one you've pictured... might be worth a look though:



Larry "Boneman" Bone - Sometimes we all need a brake....

   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Front rod brake guide needed for Phillips bike posted by David Poston on 8/6/2008 at 8:43:03 PM
Alas, this is the Raleigh version...(sigh)...I may as well just use a Raleigh-type brake guide (which I already have)...I'm just trying to use authentic Phillip-style parts.


MISC:   Have you sen this? posted by: Matthew on 7/31/2008 at 11:25:55 AM
Hi Folks,

The last week on this DB has been good, valuable opinions, honest arguments and apologies if required. It is beyond doubt the most genteel and polite place on the cycling web. I have made genuine friends in the ten years I have been using this DB. the only time I removed myself was after a spell of 'limey bashing' a rare and unexpected monster which has not been let loose since.

However here's what I really wanted to share......

A chap at work recommended www.bicycletutor.com which I have looked at very briefly and can see it is a well put together site, possibly more modern than our bicycles but still worth a look.

Matthew - its a happy place to be.

   RE:MISC:   Have you sen this? posted by Steve on 7/31/2008 at 1:56:54 PM
I know a little bit about old bikes and even less about modern bikes...so it's quite useful for a flame throwing
rod releasing hammer wielding agent like me !

Taking four bikes away on holiday (complete with a treasure chest of spares and a spare pair of pants in the cradle of one bike) using the train next Monday !

Steve - lifes a challenge !

   RE:MISC:   Have you sen this? posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 8/1/2008 at 1:50:35 AM
Matthew, I daresay I consummately agree... this is pretty much one of the most singularly civil DB's on the web in general.

Limey bashing.... ? Wow.... I don't recall the episode and am actually quite surprised.... firstly that it occured and secondly that it was allowed to continue for any length of time.

I'll have to check out the link you've posted as anything informative and edifying can always be of value.

What I do find interesting... is that here oft times we have the same spirited discussions as on motorbike and motorcar DB's... albeit here we're far more civilized about it. My experience is if you want to "stir the soup" per se in any of the aforementioned groups.... start a thread on either OIL... or TYRES...


Larry "Boneman" Bone - Musta been a Squarehead or a Kraut... hey wait.... that's ME dammit... :-S

   RE:MISC:   Have you sen this? posted by JDuck on 8/1/2008 at 8:08:52 AM
Limey bashing? Wouldn't anyone interested in English Roadsters either be a "Limey" themselves or an anglophyle like me?

   RE:MISC: Have you sen this? posted by Matthew on 8/1/2008 at 1:41:54 PM
Hi Folks,

I spent ages looking at the archives and I can see that I came back about 21st June 02 after some LB and there had obviously been some before 8th July 01 as well but no matter it wouldn't happen now. Some of the old posts were quite nasty (not towards me) I am glad we lost that element. Whilst researching I was happily reminded of friends who don't seem to post anymore, Calvert, Mario Romano, Edward in Vancouver, Stacey and many more. Chris I can still recall your star mail address. Where are our old pals? I lost touch with Calvert (of cycletruck fame) does anyone have contact with the ohter guys?

Matthew - somewhere out there.

   RE:MISC: Have you sen this? posted by Matthew on 8/2/2008 at 2:20:03 AM
Perhaps the other guys went looking for my correct spelling?

Matthew - lexographically challenged

   RE:RE:MISC: Have you sen this? posted by Larry ~Boneman" Bone on 8/2/2008 at 7:12:06 AM
>lexographically challenged

LOL.... nicely done, sir!


Larry "Boneman" Bone - Lexicographically encumbered


ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   "Raleigh" DL-1 of unknown lineage posted by: spencer on 7/31/2008 at 11:07:28 AM
I took no offense, after all, we Americans are "mongrels" in a way as well. I like the sign at the US/Canada border in Washington state which says "children of the same mother" but how we have grown!
No, I do like history and have had a new portal of history opened for me to look into. Perhaps I will hear from someone in Nassau who can give me information on their sources of "Raleigh" cycles. The same cycles were popular in Jamacia and the name of the same cycle in Cuba, before the Castro-related introduction of brakeless Chinese bikes, was "Niagra", don't misspell it, its not "Viagra". Maybe they were Canadian imports to Cuba in the 50's and 60's. I do not know the name of the bikes in Colombia or Argentina but they might well have been direct European imports.