Another tire recommendation question
BIKE: '04 Co-motion Speedster Co-pilot, W/U CF fork, Ultegra/XTR, Rolf Vigors
TEAM: 280 lbs total, experienced roadies and mtb'ers
RIDING STYLE: Casual rides with kids in trailer (50%), fast training rides (40%), loaded touring with BOB Yak (10%)
PREFERENCES: Kevlar bead, Black sidewall, 28 mm (to soften the ride a bit; my wife is pregnant), good road feel, decent durability.
COMMENTS: Continental seems to make a decent Kevlar tire (Ultra Gatorskins, 4-season GPs) but I'd prefer a black sidewall (rather than the reddish color). I know it's just a cosmetic issue; But if I can have my druthers all other things being equal, I'd like it to be black (looks better on the wheels). Conti make an Ultra 2000 (black) but only with a wire bead. Considering Michelin Races but only come in a max 25 mm and seem to be a durability issue.
QUESTIONS: Are wire bead tires on a tandem that much of a rotational weight problem? I have always run kevlars on my single; and honestly never have tried wire beads. Any other brands out there a decent choice?
Any suggestions? Thanks!