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Old 07-01-09, 08:12 AM   #1
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Bike with small rear wheel/larger front wheel.

I was looking at this video and there was a small bike that had a small (16"?) wheel in the back and a larger one in the front (looked like a 26"). I'm not sure if it was a folder.

What would be the advantage of this?

Here's the video if you want to check it out. The woman riding this bike appears somewhere in the middle. Cool video nontheless.:

http://vimeo.com/5072421
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Old 07-01-09, 11:04 AM   #2
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I think the advantage is 'looking cool' as that is the net result of such a combination!
Nice vid. Everything is so clean in Tokyo. Nice to see some minibikes in there...
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And not a single helmet to been seen on any of the riders.

Oh, the horror !!!
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The front wheel is responsible for the main disadvantage of small wheels, namely relatively squirrely steering. So a bigger front wheel would minimize this.
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The front wheel is responsible for the main disadvantage of small wheels, namely relatively squirrely steering. So a bigger front wheel would minimize this.
well, the fork trail changes slightly, so yes, bigger front would stabilize the bike more.
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And not a single helmet to been seen on any of the riders.

Oh, the horror !!!
yes. that's my observation, too and no Blinkies.....what i noticed alos is the cars, bikes and people seem to be on a slow pace. is it the video in slow motion mode ??
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Ok, maybe a bit exaggerated but here's one I saw with a huge front wheel (must at least 46")....

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or does no one like AOL at all?
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It's like a miniature penny farthing... except it has a chain and modern brakes. Neat.

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