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Tandem Tire Width - What is yours?

Old 09-05-19, 03:27 PM
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The new Donnelly 30 mm in the back as it's the biggest that will fit under the brake bridge, even had to file a little off the bottom face with a half-round file. (Bike has short-reach side-pull brakes.) 28 up front. 28 in back worked fine for "good" gravel with clear tracks of hardpack but 30 is a little more comfortable for stoker and still gives smooth rolling on pavement. She likes it a lot. (Well, the chip and seal that passes for pavement here.) The 28 ploughs through most gravel better than I thought it would, enough that we don't exclude gravel roads outright from our local rides any more. Like getting a visa to a new country! 280?-lb team.
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Originally Posted by PedalingWalrus View Post
Our tandem tire width is 32 (Schwalbe Marathon Plus). We just returned from a 10 day tour on which Google Maps was sending us on mixed terrain from regular roads to pretty bumpy gravel paths. I wished for a wider tire on some of the sections as well as during some of the steep downhill turny roads. I'm kind of considering 35 or 42. Anyone riding those widths on pavement and how do You like it?
We like 1.5" M+ for mostly on paved roads and 2" duremes when more off pavement. We have sufficient clearance (26") that our fenders work for both. Tried 1.5" panaracers for 2000 miles, they are lighter but not robust. At 65 psi, the casing ripped on two different tires and they were prone to flats, which is a PITA on tours. We run the M+ at 70-75 psi, a noticeable improvement in comfort over the 95 psi of our older tandem with 32's.
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We are running 26x2.35" Bontrager XR3s right now. They are a on the edge of what our frame fits, but when it gets sandy, I'm glad to have all the rubber I can get.

I am going to try a Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 26x2 next. I had the 26x1.6 on another bike but I prefer the volume for tandeming.
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We have schwalbe marathon plus 28x1.50 700x38c , 5bar/75psi. We are a 165kg/365lbs couple both over sixty, with a triple nine gear tandem of roughly 30kg/65lbs ( including arai drag brake, filled bidons and so on) which we use on Pavel roads on the flat and in the mountains
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Originally Posted by hortan View Post
Pavel road
error: I ment:
PAVED roads
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700 x 44 RH Snoqualmie Pass on our Jack Taylor.
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We currently have a 50mm Specialized something or other on the rear and a 47mm Schwalbe Marathon Plus on the front. I have a set of 42mm Marathon Supremes ready to be installed but I really dislike replacing perfectly good usable tires.
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Our weekly group ride switches to gravel after Labor Day, so this year for the first time we decided to join them on our tandem. We’re running Conti RideTours, 700x42c at 60psi. We removed the Thudbuster from the stoker position and are using a standard rigid seatpost again. So far so good, I don’t think we could go any larger on this frame and I wouldn’t want to go any narrower on gravel. Not yet tried our usual 20mi road route with these tires, but so far they seem comfy on pavement.

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26x1.75 Marathons.
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