Tandem Cycling - TREK T100 Tire Choice
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08-05-09, 12:03 AM
I recently purchased a Trek T100 that needs some work, with new tires being the first priority. The bike seems to be stock, with "IRC Cross Country" 700x38C (38-622) tires installed. They are very knobby-textured tires, I suppose for off some off-road use, which we wouldn't be doing.
Since these tires may be original (15 years old), I wondered if anyone had any current tire suggestions. We will be only be doing road riding.
08-05-09, 10:23 AM
We like 700x28 puncture proof tires like Specialized Armadillos (just not the Nimbus). Our team weight is 380 lbs not including bike. Many like the Continental Gators. Experimenting with a Panaracer T-SERV Protex, and will try their Ribmo next.
08-05-09, 10:32 AM
Start by determining the inside width of your rim. Then go to one of the charts (Sheldon Brown has one) indicating tire widths compatible with that rim width.
The usual criterion for tandems is flat resistance (two people inconvenienced, rather than one). Assuming you are typical in that way, Armadillos (as mentioned above), if they come in a wide enough size are a good choice. Also mentioned above is Continental. You can go to Continental's web site to see your choices in a puncture resistant tire for your rim diameter and width. Gatorskins are good (and popular), as are a number of others in their lineup.
08-05-09, 10:33 AM
There's a short thread on puncture proof tires on the commuter forum, 4.21.09. Link <http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=533614&highlight=ribmo>
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