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Old 04-26-05, 10:13 AM   #1
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Tire recommendations

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I'm looking for a tire recommendation for our tandem. Its a road bike that I ride with my son. I'm 170 lbs. and he is 100 lbs. We are not a heavy team. Our longest rides are 50 miles or less. We are riding Panaracer Pasela's now and they are OK. I'm wondering if there is a better choice out there. Also, what tire width do you guys ride? Thanks.
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278lbs - fast recreational riders - Vredestein Fortezza 700x23 and 700x25
Great performance tire, but somewhat pricey and fast wearing. We can get away with these tires here in Georgia primarily because we ride primarily on smooth asphalt roads that don't suffer from winter ground freeze problems.

For Central New Jersey, I suspect your roads aren't as smooth as ours and may demand a meatier tire. Paselas are definitely durable, but they lack ride personality as a result of that durable construction and hard rubber compounds. Therefore, two suggestions come to mind:

1. Consider trying a Continental Gatorskin in 700x25 or 700x28. Some folks have had a few problems with the earlier models of Conti's but, of late, the Gatorskin tires seem to be fairly popular as a default "all round sport tire" and are purportedly more durable than earlier Continental tire models.

2. Contact the folks at your local Tandem Club, the "Doubles of the Garden State" (a.k.a., the DOGS), and see what they might recommend. Web site with contact info: http://d-o-g-s.org/
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We have found that the Conti Ultra Gatorskins last longer than the Paselas. Also, while climbing a steep hill in the rain last Sunday using Paselas, the rear wheel actually broke grip and started spinning (which in seconds removed the rubber right down to the threads). We never had anything like that happen with the Gatorskins (although, obviously, there's no telling what would happen under identical conditions). Now that the rainy season is winding down, I am thinking of trying Michelin Pro Race 25s to get better performance (although they will certainly wear out much more quickly).
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I was also using the Panaracer Pasela (700 x 28) and recently upgraded my front tire to a Panaracer Pasela Tour Guard. It had better TPI and I think a different bead type.
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We weigh in as a team at 250 lbs.
Currently using the Maxxis Detonator 700x25 folding tires.
Some mileage results on various tires on our road tandem in the past 3 years:
Rear:Kenda Koncept Light: 832 miles
Front: Kenda Koncept Light: 781 miles (bulge)
Front: Maxxis Detonator 700x25 3,830 miles
Rear: Maxxis Detonator: 2,014 miles
Rear: Performance GT: 294 miles (big bulge)
front: Performance GT: 785 miles
Rear: Michelin Axial: 2,539 mile
Rear; Michelin Axial:1,295 miles (blowout)
Front: Michelin Sport: 1,123 miles
Rear: Panaracer Pasella: 2,284 miles
Front: Panaracer Pasella: 3,376 miles
This is 'real world' riding on paved roads primaraly in southern Arizona, 3 months in northern Minnesotta and and 3 months in northern Utah.
In our younger days we rode 27 x 1 1/8s or 27 x 1 1/4s; then 700 x 23s; now we have switched to 70 x 25s.
Hope this helps!

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