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Older Shogun womens bike, uses a 700x250 ??tire
Says Silver Star on it.

Where I can I locate these? dont need the most pricy just one that holds air & goes round and round.

Figured theres a bunch of you on here that know the best place to buy
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Originally Posted by cuisinartvette View Post
Older Shogun womens bike, uses a 700x250 ??tire
Says Silver Star on it.

Where I can I locate these? dont need the most pricy just one that holds air & goes round and round.

Figured theres a bunch of you on here that know the best place to buy
700x250 will be a very wide tire (250 mm wide, almost two feet wide). It's probably a 700x25.0 (25.0 mm wide, typical road race style tire).

If you want a wide tire, the 700c rim size is the same as a mountain bike 29-inch rim (with many wide tire sizes).

A local bicycle shop has these common sizes, as do many mail order internet shopping sites.
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Probably the 25 its pretty skinny
Called 2 bike shops they said they dont carry them anymore, someone has to.

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Originally Posted by cuisinartvette View Post
Probably the 25 its pretty skinny
Called 2 bike shops they said they dont carry them anymore, someone has to.
https://www.biketiresdirect.com/prod...t-ii-wire-bead
https://www.biketiresdirect.com/prod...tire-wire-bead

Pick your width under the specs tab, as they are cheap. 25 mm is the most popular stock width, sometimes resulting in a backorder wait.

Current thought is to use a wider tire for comfort while training, and a set of skinny tires for road competition. A 28 mm will be more comfortable.
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I'm thinking it says 25c not 250. On an old tire it may not be completely legible. You can pick one up anywhere, but if you are in doubt, you can take it to a bike shop.
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700x250 will be a very wide tire (250 mm wide, almost two feet wide). It's probably a 700x25.0 (25.0 mm wide, typical road race style tire).

If you want a wide tire, the 700c rim size is the same as a mountain bike 29-inch rim (with many wide tire sizes).

A local bicycle shop has these common sizes, as do many mail order internet shopping sites.
A little math trouble here, but this is generally right. There are about 25.4 mm in an inch, so a 250 mm wide tire would be a little under 10 inches wide, not 2 feet. Not that it matters, since both are ridiculously wide.

A 25 mm tire will be about an inch, this was a common size on older racing bikes. For comparison, my 1981 Schwinn road bike came with 1 1/4" wide tires, but it is a road bike, so I would expect somewhat wider tires. 700C diameter was pretty much universal for any non-American manufacturer until the 1990s, when even the "American" brands changed from 27 inch to 700C. It is actually getting harder to find 27" tires now, which is what I run on my Schwinn. Of course, changing my wheels to 700C would be easy enough if I can't get them any more.

If you have trouble, contact Steve at The Bike Stand: http://thebikestand.com/

He stocks a lot of stuff for vintage bikes as a lot of his customers are into them. He is fine with doing business over the phone or email and shipping stuff.
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Originally Posted by cuisinartvette View Post
Older Shogun womens bike, uses a 700x250 ??tire
Says Silver Star on it.

Where I can I locate these? dont need the most pricy just one that holds air & goes round and round.

Figured theres a bunch of you on here that know the best place to buy
CST makes a pile of 700x25 tires most at around 20 dollars each
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Of course, changing my wheels to 700C would be easy enough if I can't get them any more.
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Brakes may not line up.
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Brakes may not line up.
They won't, I'll have to adjust the brake pads.
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Yeah, 700x25 is a very common tire size. Maybe 700x23 is a bit more common for road bikes, but certainly 700x25 is readily available. Maybe the store you talked to thought you were insisting on the same brand of tire as before? Plenty of good brands out there - I have been using Continental Gatorskins on my road bike, as they are pretty good in terms of puncture-resistance (at the expense of a few grams of weight).

The harder things to find are old 27" x 1", or 1 1/8" tires, for old-school Raleighs and Schwinns, from the 1960's and 1970's. Especially if you want that look of the original "gum wall" tires that those old "10 speed" bikes had.

I have an old Raleigh that I just use on a trainer stand, and I was able to find some Kenda 27" x 1 1/8" tires, that even had the "gum wall"....
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I own a bicycle shop and always have a few 27x1 1/4" gum tires in stock. sometimes I even have the 27x1 1/8" but any shop can get them for you. thebikestand.com
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I own a bicycle shop and always have a few 27x1 1/4" gum tires in stock. sometimes I even have the 27x1 1/8" but any shop can get them for you. thebikestand.com
For those who didn't put it together, this ^^^^^^^ is Steve from The Bike Stand I mentioned in an earlier post. He is undoubtedly the "go to" guy for anything for a vintage bicycle around here, and probably a lot further than that!
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Originally Posted by cuisinartvette View Post
Probably the 25 its pretty skinny
Called 2 bike shops they said they dont carry them anymore, someone has to.
No photo of the bike? 80's vintage Shogun, made in Japan?

Try searching " 700c x 25 " on Amazon. You'll find stuff like this:
https://amzn.to/2SmDVPi
or the Gatorskins that were mentioned.

Wire beads (such as this example) will ship flat. Kevlar beads can be folded, but Amazon Prime doesn't care either way.

For old-timey service and obscure bike parts, try Harris Cyclery:
https://www.harriscyclery.net/produc...01/tires-1103/

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I own a bicycle shop and always have a few 27x1 1/4" gum tires in stock. sometimes I even have the 27x1 1/8" but any shop can get them for you. thebikestand.com

Steve, if you ever have any bike related questions or need an obscure tool send me a pm. I have all kinds tools and crazy mechanic skills.

Jim aka miamijim on the bikeforum
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Ill contact him.

Think a road type tire would be best, no racing going on here just around the neighborhood type stuff.
80's vintage Shogun, made in Japan?

Yup, Ill try and get some pics, in super nice shape just a little dusty.Plan on doing a light resto wont take much

Theres about an index fingers space between the top of tire and the caliper, can someone recommend a non race type tire? Nothing high end just holds air and is safe.

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Originally Posted by cuisinartvette View Post
Ill contact him.

Think a road type tire would be best, no racing going on here just around the neighborhood type stuff.



Yup, Ill try and get some pics, in super nice shape just a little dusty.

Theres about an index fingers space between the top of tire and the caliper, can someone recommend a non race type tire? Nothing high end just holds air and is safe.
Continental Gatorskin. Good tire for resisting punctures while still having good rolling characteristics. BTW 700 X 25C is the most common size road bike tire.
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BTW A Shogun with 700C tires was not a bottom end, entry level bike. 700C indicates a better, either a upper entry level or a mid level bike. Probably made with double butted, chromoly steel. Possibly Tange Infinity or Tange 2. There should be a decal on the seat tube stating what tubing was used. Bottom end bikes had 27" tires, not 700C. Would certainly like to see pics.

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Ill get some pics today it is super lite and all original.

Sure would like to find some tires that arent the race only type. Need to order asap nothing in town here.
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