Re: [CR] 650b Tire/Rim Fit "Issues"

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From: Ben Kamenjas <>
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Date: Sat, 2 May 2009 14:14:06 +1000
Subject: Re: [CR] 650b Tire/Rim Fit "Issues"

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>> Palos Verdes Estates


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Re: 650b panaracers.

Stephen first check that your rims are genuinely 650b's ... I've had friends trying this on 650a's with the same problem. or was it 650a tires on 650b rims? Anyway, you see what I'm getting at.

Secondly, I have bought the same tires and know first hand that they were a tight fit and my Araya rims are a good deal wider than your Rigida's. It doesn't feel good or make sense but sometimes you gotta muscle a tire onto the rim. In time I've learnt that this has it's benefits and it's not something to alarmed over.

If everything were a perfect fit divorce lawyers would be broke and the world would seem like some Mills & Boon novel.


Ben "Dale, my intentions were good" Kamenjas Kensington, Australia

On 02/05/2009, at 12:12 PM, <> wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "sandranian" <>
> To: "Rendezvous Classic" <>
> Sent: Friday, May 01, 2009 3:24 PM
> Subject: [CR] 650b Tire/Rim Fit "Issues"
> I just purchased a c1960 Gitane with 650b wheels/rims. I replaced
> the tires,
> purchasing (from Harris Cyclery) a pair of new Panaracer 650b tires.
> However, they don't seem to set right in the rims, specially the
> rear (I
> don't think the front rim is a problem). The rear rim is a steel
> Rigida 650b
> rim (at least that's what's stamped into it). The problem is that
> the bead
> of the tire doesn't seem to want to fit all the way around: It almost
> appears a bit small for the wheel. What is the problem here? What is
> the
> fix? Can I "stretch" the bead at all?
> It all appears to be right, but just doesn't fit that way, even when
> inflated, it creates a "bump" (low) in the tire, but the rim is true
> (no
> hops).
> Stephan Andranian
> Costa Mesa, California USA