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    Well, not an 'off-road' but,

    But I've been using Scwalbe Cruiser Bike tires, the Big Apple and the Big Ben for several year now.
    55-559 {26 x 2.15) mounted on standard 1" wheelchair rims.

    I've gone through about 5 or six pairs and love them for all around use.

    I've gone back to skinny tires just for a reality check but prefer the fatties for everyday use.

    Prior to the Cruiser bike tires i used the Kenda 2" knobbies.

    I use them with a 'dumb' drive pusher unit that, in current configuration, cruises at about 14 mph
    (with a FreeWheel attached).

    The big tires really help soften the bumps and are more stable at speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by funklab View Post
    Embarrassingly I don’t think I even know what a spacer looks like when it comes to my wheelchair. I can’t think of a way that this could be easily swapped. How hard is it to change out a spacer?
    I use spacers that have an allen head set screw so they always stay on the extra axles and don't slide like washers would. I think sportaid has them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad09 View Post
    I use spacers that have an allen head set screw so they always stay on the extra axles and don't slide like washers would. I think sportaid has them.
    Yeah, Sportaid sells those!

    https://www.sportaid.com/rear-wheel-axle-spacer.html
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    Running 60-559 (26*2.35) 30-55psi Big Apple Schwalbes as my everyday tire.

    For context, on the same axle as a 27" 622 (27"/28") sun wheel with a grey non-marking Cheng Shin tire (700x28c 28-622) 700c - same outside diameter fully inflated etc.






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    Quote Originally Posted by Oddity View Post
    So I can buy a couple of these and a set of 508 wheels (I'll probably just look for a deal on some used Spinergy's on ebay). The axle is probably adjustable enough that I can set the smaller wheels (with bigger tires) to fit properly without having to buy an extra-long axel or something, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by funklab View Post
    So I can buy a couple of these and a set of 508 wheels (I'll probably just look for a deal on some used Spinergy's on ebay). The axle is probably adjustable enough that I can set the smaller wheels (with bigger tires) to fit properly without having to buy an extra-long axel or something, right?
    Probably but it's hard to say for 100% certain without a lot more detail about the parts. Worst case you might need to order a longer set of axle pins. I dunno if Spinergy make 508. They might. My rims are Syncros. Sportaid sells a Sun set in 508. Gotta make sure the tires are tall enough too. 508 with Maxxis Holy Roller is a near perfect match to 559 with Marathons but can't say the same for sure about other setups.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oddity View Post
    Probably but it's hard to say for 100% certain without a lot more detail about the parts. Worst case you might need to order a longer set of axle pins. I dunno if Spinergy make 508. They might. My rims are Syncros. Sportaid sells a Sun set in 508. Gotta make sure the tires are tall enough too. 508 with Maxxis Holy Roller is a near perfect match to 559 with Marathons but can't say the same for sure about other setups.
    Oh, whoops, I thought 508 was the "wheelchair" 24 inch size... I just looked it up so I guess it's not. That makes it a tad more complicated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad09 View Post
    I use spacers that have an allen head set screw so they always stay on the extra axles and don't slide like washers would. I think sportaid has them.
    Your local bearing or engineer supply outlet should also have them -Bearing or shaft collars.
    Or just fit a set of bearings as spacers- they are not going anywhere past the detente balls unless you press the release button.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slow_runner View Post
    Your local bearing or engineer supply outlet should also have them -Bearing or shaft collars.
    Or just fit a set of bearings as spacers- they are not going anywhere past the detente balls unless you press the release button.
    Using hub bearings is a terrific idea.
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    I use 1/2 inch slip fittings for copper pipe. They’re 1 1/8 and I cut them to the length I want with a tube cutter. I’ve been doing it for different wheels for the last twenty years.

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