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Old 05-22-05, 04:17 PM
John E
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I have the same problem. I have a beautiful wheelset I would like to use with the Capo, Weinmann smooth-walled rims and Normandy Luxe Competition hubs, but I am extremely concerned about modern high-pressure tires blowing off the rims. Using a reduced pressure can avoid blow-off, but it will also break down the sidewalls.

I traded emails on this subject with Sheldon Brown, who recommended that I look for tires rated at around 70 or 80 PSI, like what we rode in the "good old days," and I came up with these on the Harris Cyclery website: Continental Top Touring 2000, rec. pressure 70 PSI, max 80 PSI (BINGO!).
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Capo: 1960 Sieger (2), S/N 42624, 42597
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