I recently installed a 2.35 big apple on my rear wheel after enjoying one on my front wheel for about a month now. I use a Roller brake so I had no issue with brake pads, but I had a big problem with my kickback which was rubbing the tire in a bad way. It was late and I was tired but I needed to be able to ride into work the next morning. My quick fix was to tie a length of twine between the tongue of the freeradical and the leg of the kickback such that the kickback would stop just short of the tire. This managed to get me to work, and halfway back before it failed. I'm imagining a more permanent solution involving a bit of wood hose clamped to the front bridge with a nut set in it and a bolt running thru that would function like a dérailleur limit screw.
Long story short, Fat tires are dope, but they can cause issues.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, David Chase <dr2chase@...> wrote:
> I might go all the way to a 2.35 Big Apple in the rear. That gets you
> even closer to the diameter of the front wheel, and it gives you a few
> more kilos of "rated load" in the back. It also rolls very easily.
> 2.5" hookworms would be even better, but from recent comments, you
> would need to deflate them to get them past the brakes (Big Apples
> bind a little already). I have no trouble with flats (someone else
> DID report a flat, however) and the larger the tire and the lower the
> pressure (60 psi) the longer you go between needing to top up the
> On 2009-04-24, at 8:48 AM, Cathode Ray wrote:
> > At 5:16 AM -0600 24/4/09, Connie Gordon wrote:
> > >So, what happens if you try and put a 26" free radical on a bike
> > >with 700 x35c tires?
> > Buy a good solid 26" rear wheel, eg Sun Rhyno Lite and good tire. I
> > recommend Schwalbe Marathon 2" tire.
> > Leave the 700C x 35 on the front.
> > Ends up looking something like this (one freeloader removed for
> > better rear wheel view)
> > http://www.retrovox.com.au/hpv/images/xcycle_1.jpg
> > I used this setup for about three years. Runs really well.
> > ray