A while back i started a thread on how it always seems to me that bikes equipped with 27″ wheels ride so much smoother than ones equipped with 700c’s . I had all sorts of comments saying that was because the 1 1/4″ tyres would soak up the bumps and irregularities in the road surface better than 700c x 23’s or 25’s would do .
I was reminded by this yesterday evening as i rode my latest addition to the stable a mid to late 80’s Carlton Corsair on its first maiden outing after having fresh grease in all bearings and a tweak on both wheels to straighten them up a bit not that they needed a lot .
I grew up riding 27″ wheeled bikes so not sure if that has any bearing on my thoughts but no matter what every time i throw my leg over a bike equipped with 27″ wheels i always feel the same be it the bike above or the one below another 80’s machine this time a Roy Thame tourer
Having ridden 700c equipped bikes for the last year i feel able to make a judgement on the difference between the two specs , yes the wider and lower pressure tyres will soak up the bumps better allowing for a less nervous and twitchy ride but i cant be sure thats the only reason could it be the more relaxed frame angles on older bikes ? Having said that this 700c equipped bike below never feels nervous and twitchy no matter what i throw at it