Originally Posted by woody's wheel works
your analysis is spot on,,,,,
a bigger footprint in the sand allows you to float on top easier,,,also lowering the tire pressure allows the tire to widen and spread the load to the sand in a manner that minimizes sinking in,,,and picking the right tires becomes important to the point that the 'sand specialists' even only buy special thread styles and paddle tires for increased grip and flotation,,,
we build wheels/rim tire combinations for a broad spectrum of special interests,,,i DO NEED to KNOW your intended application,,,,i know customers that have 5 different sets of wheels for their bike
OK, so I'm not about to have 5 sets of wheels, but may have to look at making my stockers bullet proof.
I lower the pressures significantly, but I suspect that because the tires are rolled in so much for the narrow rim that the sidewalls are not flexing as much as they could/should, particularly with a strong tires like the Dunlop D908 RR...would this also be a correct observation?
If I was to bring my stock wheels over in September (be in USA for 4 weeks) what rims would you recomend for travelling outback Australia and sand?
Here's a good example of conditions... http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=152387
but maybe with a little more sand.
No intention of running paddles (except for maybe one play day). Probably more things like Dunlop D908RR's, Michelin Deserts and stock Scorpions for light off road/street. Runninmg 140/80 & 90/90.