Folding Bikes - bad law in NJ against 20" wheels
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06-12-07, 05:50 PM
Apparently there's a law pending against selling bikes with 20" wheels in NJ. It is intended against child bikes for some reason, but to make the language work they changed it to 20" wheels, not thinking adults ride folders and recumbents with 20" or smaller wheels. If you are in NJ, check it out and respond to your legislators:
what do they want kids to ride, if not 20" bikes? Seems like NJ has quite the raft of anti-bike legislation disguised as 'public safety' issues pending (see thread on proposed NJ law banning quick release wheels in A&S), what's up with that???
06-12-07, 06:54 PM
You are slightly misinterpreting the law.
Basically, the prohibition is against selling bikes with 20" wheels and a quick release. No QR, no problem. I assume it will add $5 - $10 to the cost of a folder, and I don't see why the shop can't separately throw in the QR that comes in the bike kit.
Still sucks, but not that big a deal.
06-12-07, 07:20 PM
Ok, this is the first time that I actually looked up the unit conversion from mm to inches. Am I guessing wrong that the ERTO 406 stands for 406 mm? and same for the 451? I just tried converting this, and they came out to approx 16" and 17.75" respectively.
What's the actual diameter on a 406" wheel? Does the law include tire width, or just the rim? If the inflated tire is actually more than 20", does it pass the litmus test of "still OK to sell with a QR"?
It's just a stupid law. I have written to my assemblymen (one of whom is a co-sponsor of this bill) and presented my arguments against it (in my usual verbose fashion-- which means they probably won't read it. Oh, well).
I encourage other NJ residents to do the same. The bill is called A2686.
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