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Old 09-08-03, 04:15 PM   #1
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Tires for Bents?

Considering a BikeE & am wondering how much choice there is in tires, & what are future prospects for being able to get them?
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Lots of sources, though not necessarily local. There are 4-5 major mail order suppliers to the recumbent trade. Tires are limited in selection but in general there are 3 to 5 different options in any given size. Be aware that there are two different "20 inch" tires differentiated by their Erto sizes: 406 (more common and versatile) and 451 (fewer selections, uncommon). As the tires get larger more selection is available. Tires are not a big problem with the internet. Go to www.bentrideronline.com and there is a list somewhere on the site of venders. Steve

Addendum: well I thought BROL had a list but it seems to be manufacturers. If you need a list and others don't provide I can repost when I get home and have access to home PC. Look for
Poweron cycles, Gaerlan, Hostelshoppe, Calhoun on google for starters. Steve

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Thanks, Steve.:-> Please post the list.
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Try the Kenda Kwest for recumbents. I believe you can them in 16", 20" & 26" sizes. They are the replacement tires on my Vision and I like them so far. They hold up to 100 psi.
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The Bike E uses a 406 20" tire on the rear. If you have to you can pick up a spare tire at any large chain store. BUt N_C is right about the Kenda Kwest, great tires.
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406 tires are also known as "BMX", but BMX bikes use a balloon type: 1.75" or 2.0" sizes. These types of tires are indeed available from Walmart etc. My bent has 406 wheels and I use a Stelvio 25mm in front and Primo comet 1.35" in the rear. Note the confusion of inches and mm, the Erto sizing on the tire is your best guide, it will be molded in place.

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One thing about the Kenda Kwest for recumbents that I like anyway is they are a 1.5 wide tire but still hold 100 psi.

The bike came with 1.25 primos. While they are a good tire the bike at times felt unstable.

With the wider Kenda's I have the same psi so there is no resistance or loss of speed, etc. & it is a more stable platform for the bike. It does not get nearly as "wobbly" as when I had the primo's.
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Just a heads up.

You know Bike E is in history books?

There is very little that is specialized only for Bike E so other componets will fit. If for some reason you ever damage one of the special parts it might be a problem but shy of a major crash that is a long shot.

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