Looking to upgrade my tyres on an old roadie mash up to something chunkier so I can handle some off road sections on a ride coming up, currently it has a 27 x 1 1/4 front tyre and a 27 x 1 3/8 rear with plenty of clearance all round*.
I've got a set of 700c rims (internal width 15mm) that I am looking at putting on in place of what's already there because the tyres are cheaper for it, so would the wider 47c tyres be suitable for these rims? They have had a set of 32c tyres on them for ages no problems but it still looks like they'd fit a wider tyre quite fine, Just want to make sure first.
Also if wouldn't mind knowing what would be a minimum size tube to use, hoping to avoid having to buy new ones because I am on a $50 budget to get the bike suitable for the ride. At home I already have a number of thinner tubes that I doubt would work (up to 28c I believe) but also a pair of 27 x 1.25" tubes, Would these work for the 700 x 47c tyres? or would I need fatter tubes also?
*should be noted that the tyres already on the 27" rims are slicks or near enough and are falling apart due to being left out in the weather for many years.