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Tyre Choice

Posted By: Phil Heywood
Date: 24 October 2008

Hi - We're still relatively new to tandems but thoroughly enjoying riding a Cannondale mountain tandem on mixture of Devon lanes and loose surface/wet muddy bridle ways. I've never been completely convinced by the 'out of the box' tyres that arrived with the bike as I think the tread pattern is probably more aggressive than necessary (and therefore of high rolling resistance) for the terrain we're riding over. Rear tyre already start to show signs of wear so wondering about changing the pair. Usual crew is myself up front with Sam, who's 12, on the back.

My other bike is full suspension MTB that spends most of its time on the muddiest and steepest tracks I can find - which means chunky tyres at relatively low pressures - while I've managed to work out that this probably isn't the best frame for reference for approaching the what goes on to the rims of a tandem (!) I haven't a clue what is. I'd welcome advice on tyre brand, model and running pressures that more seasoned tandem owners have found work well on the kind of territory we cover.

Current tyres are Hutchinson Spiders 26 x 2.30 running at around 45PSI.

Phil.

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