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Tires for Tandem(7 posts)

Tires for Tandempaulg
Jul 14, 2003 6:41 AM
Looking for some recommendations for more puncture resistant tires for a tandem. Husband and wife team I ride with experience a puncture virtually every ride (rear wheel). Seems like their LBS has been "experimenting" with different tires each time, but the result seems to be the same. He (is lean) rides in front, she in back and she's petite! This weekend they were using 23's. Orginally they tried 32's.

If anyone is riding a tandem and is using tires they're happy with, I would like to hear about it and pass it along to my partners.

Thanks,
Paul
Hmmmm.Spoke Wrench
Jul 14, 2003 9:41 AM
If they are getting a flat on nearly every ride, my first thought would be to analyze the problem to try to figure out where all the flats are coming from.

If they're a lightweight team like you say, I'd think 23mm tires should be OK although I'd probably recommend at least 25mm tires for a tandem. I'd think the test would be if they are getting pinch flats.

If they are getting a lot of punctures, I'd use something like Continental Gatorskins. Actually, I use Specialized Armadillos on mine, but we're a pretty low performance team and puncture resistance is a real high proprity for me on the tandem.

If they brought that bike to me, the first thing I'd check would be the rim strips. In my experience flat tires every ride are almost always the result of either a rim strip that leaves a tiny sliver of spoke hole uncovered or a tire that has a hidden piece of glass embedded.
Good advice........and some more.TWD
Jul 14, 2003 10:02 AM
Depending on the type of flat they are getting it may not be a problem with a tire as mentioned.

If they are running the tire pressure too low they could be getting pinch flats.

On my tandem, I run 28mm specialized nimbus EX tires, which were the predecessor to the Armadillos. They have the flat resistant casing and the tread a bit thicker than you will find on most 23mm tires.

They aren't flat proof though, if you pick up some glass, it will get imbedded in the rubber and stay there until it eventually chews its way through the "flat proof" casing.

Even if they are a light team, I'd say 25mm or 28mm would be a better choice. They won't notice a difference in rolling resistance, but most likely will notice a difference in comfort from the bigger tires. Much less likely to get pinch flats and rim damage as well.
re: Tires for TandemMrCelloBoy
Jul 14, 2003 10:15 AM
We've had great results from 25mm Specialized Armadillo's. They're really closer to 23mm. Going on our second year with no punctures.
They ought to check their tire casing for a foreign object lodged in the rubber. Even a tiny rose thorn can cause ongoing problems like this.
Not a tandem, but I'm as heavy as two lightweights...cory
Jul 14, 2003 3:31 PM
I'm actually a single rider pushing 240 pounds (found a great restaurant on vacation), and I've been really happy with Panaracer Pasela TGs on my Atlantis, which I use for everything from centuries to fire trails. They're widely available in 28, 32 and 35 for ~$20, and Rivendell has them in 37 for about 30 bucks.
My opinion is probably colored by my heft, but I dunno why anybody would use 23s on a tandem.
re: Tires for Tandempaulg
Jul 15, 2003 7:05 AM
Thanks, All. Sounds like some great tips. I will definitely pass these along!

Paul.
re: flats or pinch flats?cyclopathic
Jul 15, 2003 9:02 AM
if your friends have wide tandem rim like CR18, Dyard or T-520 it will cause pinch flats on smaller tires. You need wide tire 32 or even 35.

I am happy with Panaracer Pasela TG, 32 (actual size 28), no flats (Aramid belt), cheap (22$ at NB). If I go loaded I'd up them to 35 or 37mm.