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    Why 700x23?

    Why is this the standard?
    "When you are chewing the bars at the business end of a 90 mile road race you really dont care what gear you have hanging from your bike so long as it works."
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    It's not a standard. Most clinchers come in sizes ranging from 700X18 to 700X25. 23 just happens to be the most popular. Or are you aksed about the 700 part?
    You're just trying to start an argument to show how smart you are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdcheung
    Why is this the standard?
    why ask why?

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    Why is the sky blue, why is up up and down down, why am i not wearning any pants?. All these questions do not really have answers - they are just the way things are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto
    why ask why?
    drink bud dry?

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    The smaller the wheel, the more variable the frame. 26,27 & 700 were the 3 "biggest " sizes. Europe used mostly 27s and 700s. Italy mostly, Japan on their better bikes have used 700s for 50 or so years ,more really. By the late 80s,most companies went with 700s across the board, 26s for ATBs, some tourers had 27s. 700 allows for tighter frame angles, as well as less problems in good frame design overall because it is smaller than 27". 700 is not an actual measurement, it's derived from a formula in dimensions. After 100 years all concluded that 700c is best, other sizes had al ong run, I see no problem with that, do you ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StanSeven
    It's not a standard. Most clinchers come in sizes ranging from 700X18 to 700X25. 23 just happens to be the most popular. Or are you aksed about the 700 part?
    Both.
    "When you are chewing the bars at the business end of a 90 mile road race you really dont care what gear you have hanging from your bike so long as it works."
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