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Which of these two tires is best for beach at low tide?

Old 06-23-19, 06:19 PM
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Which of these two tires is best for beach at low tide?

Left: wtb Horozion 650b x 47mm
Right: Clement X'plor mso 650b x 50mm
I will be covering 15-20 miles of beach sand at low tide and riding near the water where the sand will be firm.

Slicks or All Terrain?
Ideal Psi range?

Thanks!

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I'd vote for the knobby. But I doubt it'll actually make much difference.
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Another option is the Schwalbe G-One. That one was designed for Dutch and Belgian beach races and will work pretty well as a gravel tyre as well.

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It really depends on the sand. The sand on Long Island's barrier island (Fire Island) where I've tried this, is simply too soft to ride a bike on. You can go a while, but when you hit a soft spot you sink immediately. No fun.

I hear down south they have better sand.

The knobs won't make any difference, I'd go with the smooth tread, and pressure can be very low. Let some air out when you get to the beach, pump up again when you get back on the road.
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Originally Posted by JaccoW View Post
Another option is the Schwalbe G-One. That one was designed for Dutch and Belgian beach races and will work pretty well as a gravel tyre as well.

I've heard good things about the Shwalbes you recommend. However, I already own the two types of tires in th OP. So those are my only choices for this particular ride.

Odd that I lived near beaches in Cali for decades, and rode all over the place, but I've never ridden on a bike on the beach.
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Well, the Koga Beachracer comes fitted with Schwalbe Big Ones, so I don't think tread really matters. The widest slick you can fit seems to be the way to go.
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Psi: <20. Unless you're on a fat bike, I'd cram the widest possible tire into the frame. Tread in the corners can improve flotation on sand once you've maxed out the tire casing size.
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It really depends on the sand. The sand on Long Island's barrier island (Fire Island) where I've tried this, is simply too soft to ride a bike on. You can go a while, but when you hit a soft spot you sink immediately. No fun.

I hear down south they have better sand.

The knobs won't make any difference, I'd go with the smooth tread, and pressure can be very low. Let some air out when you get to the beach, pump up again when you get back on the road.
The sandy stretch will be the final leg of a 300k ride from Philly to Chincoteague, VA. The beach in question is Assateague Island (yes, that's the actual name) along the northern coastline of Virginia. I should be hitting the Assateague just as afternoon low tide is settling in. I've no idea what the sand is like on that beach though.
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Right, I think I've heard that that beach is good for riding. No first hand experience, but I think you'll be okay.

At any rate, choose the tire that's best for the majority of the ride. I assume that's the smooth one.

If the beach is bad for riding, it will slow you down occasionally, but you'll probably be able to ride most of the way. If you have to get off and walk two or three times, no big deal.

When's this ride? I hope you'll report back, I'd like to hear how it went.
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