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Thursday, April 19, 2012

When warranties work

You may have remembered that last month I replaced the rear Schwalbe Delta Cruiser tire on the Raleigh Wayfarer. The tire was getting long in the tooth and I knew it would need to be replaced, so I went ahead and ordered a new one. When I removed the old tire, I noticed that the wire bead was way broken:

I thought it was odd, since I never saw a bead break like that before. But I didn't think much beyond it...until I came across this blog post on Bike Tinker. Philip also had a broken bead on his Schwalbe Big Apple, and Schwalbe replaced it under warranty. And he wasn't even the original owner! 

So I went ahead and contacted Schwalbe. And they agreed to warrant it! Tuesday I received the package.

Now I have an extra creme Delta Cruiser tire. I don't have any immediate need, but I'm going to keep it as a backup for when one of the tires on the Wayfarer need replacing. Creme Delta Cruisers aren't always easy to find, and throwing on a different tire will be quite noticeable. Originally I thought I would put creme Delta Cruisers on the Rudge Sports, as the white tire would contrast the black frame, but I've grown to like the gumwall tires.


  1. Sweet!!!

    The Disabled Cyclist

  2. Agreed, wire beads should not break like that. Schwalbe is stand-up for replacing it.

  3. The creame tires look really good on an orange bike. I have them on my 1974 Peugeot fixed gear, and I really like how they ride, as well.

    Schwalbe tires aren't cheap, but the warranty issue shows that you are getting what you pay for, with them...


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