T&C=Town & Country; was [CR]Strange tire size

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Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2006 15:45:06 -0400
From: "Harvey M Sachs" <sachshm@cox.net>
To: freitas1@pacbell.net, classicrendezvous@bikelist.org, captbike <captbike@sheldonbrown.com>
Subject: T&C=Town & Country; was [CR]Strange tire size

For those who don't know the "Town and Country" that Bob Freitas referred to, there is a bunch in the archives. As a summary, it was the best tandem Schwinn offered in the early 50s. I've owned at least 4, plus one in the triplet variation, but down to none, now. They were made of proper 4130 chrome-moly steel, with a curved rear seat tube, and very tight (61" or so) wheelbase. The headset was oversized, and I don't know of a source. There were fair numbers of them, and they still turn up occasionally at swap meets and garage sales, worth keeping the eye out for. Down-equipped (coaster brake) tandems and triplets became boardwalk rentals in NJ. It is possible to do lots of modifications to these; I even converted some to vertical drops to clear 700c wheels, added Shimano E disk brakes, etc. Modern style is for much longer wheelbases, but these can still be a hoot. harvey sachs mcLean va At 6:35 PM -0700 7/15/06, Bob Freitas wrote:
>>Today at the "Trips for Kids" swap here in Mill Valley I saw an
>>interesting tire size on a Schwinn Town and Country tandem(my pick
>>this year for steal of the show).
>>It sported 650D tires!! I was expecting 26" the rims were Schwinn any ideas?

Sure it's not 650B? I know Schwinn did use these on some tandems. They _are_ "26 inch" but "26 inch" is _not_ a tire/wheel size. It refers to one of at least 5 _different_ sizes.

See: http://sheldonbrown.com/26 for the detailed poop on this.

Sheldon "Never Heard Of 650D" Brown