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Old 01-29-13, 07:11 AM
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raleigh Randonneur 531 what max size tires?

Hi everyone!

I just bought a raleigh Randonneur 531 and it currently has 32mm tires, what l was wondering is if it will fit a 37? does anyone know what the max size tires on a raleigh Randonneur 531 is?

Any advice is greatly appreciated!
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Old 01-29-13, 08:05 AM
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Please post photos. I've been curious about the Raleigh Randonneur model ever since I stumbled across it in a catalog. IIRC, the original spec was for 32's (but my memory ain't what it used to be, so don't take that as gospel.)
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Whip out your allen wrenches and use them as feeler gauges to see where the tightest spot is between the tires, brake calipers, and frame tubes. If you have at least 5mm of clearance to the underside of the brake calipers, there's a chance you can run 37s.
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Hello Ninalykin, Welcome to the forums. At this point it may, unfortunately, be a trial and error sort of thing. I like Scott's idea. Where do you live? It is a longshot but maybe somebody lives near you and you could meet up and try their wheel/tire combo.

Personally I find even x32 tires to be a bit too fat for my taste.
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Originally Posted by ninalykin View Post
Hi everyone!

I just bought a raleigh Randonneur 531 and it currently has 32mm tires, what l was wondering is if it will fit a 37? does anyone know what the max size tires on a raleigh Randonneur 531 is?

Any advice is greatly appreciated!
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The 87 Randonneur came with 700x28c.

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Old 02-05-13, 05:30 AM
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Thanks for the feedback guys! When l first got the bike it had 22 tires and l put on 32, everyone has said it wont fit more, but l was just curious if anyone had a similar model and had experience with bigger tires Oh and l live in ireland
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Wow, sweet bike.
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Wow, sweet bike.
I concur, and one of these just went on my "gotta find one list".
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You might be able to fit 37s on there but I doubt it will fit with fenders. I'm not an expert though, just someone who puts fat tires on roadbikes.

Nice looking bike!
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That is a really neat model, and I'm intrigued by the plastic inserts they offered for the pedals. Based on the second picture, I wouldn't get too optimistic about larger tires, though. Looks like the chainstay clearance is already pretty close.
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
Whip out your allen wrenches and use them as feeler gauges to see where the tightest spot is between the tires, brake calipers, and frame tubes. If you have at least 5mm of clearance to the underside of the brake calipers, there's a chance you can run 37s.
This is simply a brilliant idea. I will have to file this one away for when I might need it someday.
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ThermionicScott, you win the forum today. I came here with just that problem to be solved, and you nailed it. It's one of those ideas that seem really obvious after someone's shared it. Thanks!

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Glad to help! Of course, real feeler gauges would be better, but most of us already have 3, 4, 5, 6mm allen wrenches lying around.
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ThermionicScott, you win the forum today. I came here with just that problem to be solved, and you nailed it. It's one of those ideas that seem really obvious after someone's shared it. Thanks!
+1. But how much clearance DOES one need? What's a safe margin?
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+1. But how much clearance DOES one need? What's a safe margin?
I think if your wheels are true and have good tension (or you are handy with the spoke wrench you keep in your tool pouch ), you can get away with less clearance. 5mm is probably a good minimum for most people, but I dunno.
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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
The 87 Randonneur came with 700x28c.
My 1991 Randonneur (which I still have as my main bike, now restored and in near-perfect condition) also had 700x28cs. (I swapped them later for 25cs as I wasn't doing much laden touring on them.)
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