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fmbp said:
ARGH! I went into 3, yes 3, different shops yesterday to purchase one 700x27 or 700x28 tire. I came out empty handed each time! Are tires this width that uncommon? Two of the shops were smaller, more unique shops, and the third was a big box chain type bike shop.

Just wanted to vent a little!
27mm is not that common, but I can usually find a 28mm tire in an Armadillo or Gatorskin. My normal setup for commuting with my old wheels is a 25mm in front and a 28mm in the back. I want a larger tire due to the rough roads, but cannot fit a 28mm on the front due to fender clearance. There is not much difference between a 25 and 28mm gatorskin. I have had them side by side and had to check the sidewall to know which was which.
 
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