Yes I think it's quite possible that a pair of 587mm tyres would fit OK on
584 rims but it is also possible that someone had re-rimmed the Lejeune with
587 rims 584 tyres are presuambly difficult to find the US. I would not
have thought Araya to make 584 rims.
Regards Hilary Stone
>From: Jerry Moos <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>To: Classic Rendezvous <Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
>Subject: [CR]Tandem Tire Size
>Date: Thu, Feb 15, 2001, 5:39 pm
> I just received an early 70's LeJeune tandem I bought on eBay, mostly
> undamaged despite the worst packing job I've seen in a while. The
> seller didn't know a lot about it and said the wheels were 24", which,
> as I suspected, was not accurate. The bike has Japanese rims (Arraya I
> think) and the tires are marked "700D x 1.40". According to Sheldon's
> web site, 700D was 587mm and used only on a few GT brand bikes.
> Sheldon's site says French tandems typically had 650B or 584mm wheels.
> I can't find a size on the rims, but they are laced to what look like
> original Campy Tipo hubs and the rims themselves look like 70's style
> Arrayas, when this brand first appear in the US and Europe. Could the
> previous owner have gotten away with 700D tires on 650B rims? (If the
> seller installed these tires, he could easily have put the wrong ones on
> as he was calling these 24"). Someone have a good method of measuring
> rim bead diameter that will differentiate between a 584mm and 587mm?
> Jerry Moos