Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Grand Prairie, TX
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I have used the following tires on Aerospoke tandem wheels:
Avocet Fasgrip 20K's in 700 X 28, 700 X 32, and 700 X 35. All of these with the kevlar belt. All of the wired-on variety. Sidewalls were too fragile for me. Stopped using them. Would be willing to use folders (if they exist) for racing-type special events.
Panaracer Paselas, 700 X 32. All of the wired-on variety. Tread delaminated on one, sidewall failure (railroad tracks, arguably my fault, pump gauge was reading 20 psi high, so the tire was 20 psi too low. pinch-flatted on tracks, then found defective pump gauge later. there is a lesson there...) on the other. Stopped using them.
Panaracer T-Serv for Messenger, size 700 X 32. Limited use so far, they seem to be sufficiently robust. Folders.
For some reason I always put in 120 psi. Don't know why that is....gross weight tends to run around 375-390 lbs, depending on how bad I've been lately. Experience suggests that wired-on tires will come off the rim after going flat and folders don't. I'm not using wired-on tires any more until I have a bad experience I can blame on folders. Bill McCready considers wired-on tires safer than folders because they are less likely to come off the rim and then flat when exposed to heat.
Is your question "What kind of brakes should I get for $100?"? I have no experience with disk brakes, so of V-brakes and cantilevers and double-pivot sidepulls, I would get sidepulls.
There has been one report on tandem@hobbes of an Arai drum brake melting the thermoplastic wheel around the hub of an Aerospoke. Probably not a good idea to use an Arai with an Aerospoke wheel. This shouldn't be a problem with disks.