I restored this 1985 miyata 210. It looks very sexy and rides awesome. It was kept in a garage by some collector for most of its life and pretty much had like new original parts. I replaced all drive-train components, and replaced or fixed a ton of miscellaneous other parts and screws and what have you. Heres the issue. It had the ORIGINAL miyata tires on it. They are 27x 1 1/8. The rims say 27 x 1 1/4 which gives me a little more wiggle room. I rode it 50 miles in a day and have been doing 10-25 a day on it with the old school tires. But ya know, they're fricken 30 years old, and I'd like to replace them before I take this thing on a 600 mile tour.
In my research, the available tires for this size that seem decent are the Continental Gatorskins, which I used on my old bike (with 26 x 1 wheels.. when will I get a regular size?), and Continental Tour Ride tires.
Because I love gatorskins, despite the fact that they are pain in the arse to take on and off for me, I would just get those. But my trip is going to be from Cleveland OH to Albany NY, and a huge 365 mile chunk of that is along the Erie Canalway trail. A lot of that is gravely and stone dust, but some is paved. I could avoid the canalway and take ny bike route 5 which goes along highway 31, all paved. But c'mon, its fun to ride along the canal! So, the Conti Tour Ride tires have tread. The gatorskins dont. The gators are maybe a little higher quality though. Whats a girl to do?
Any advice? Any other tire ideas besides what I listed? And yes, I considered replacing the wheels, but what a pain in the butt/wallet.