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    Riding a 20" wheeled bicycle in the winter - good? Bad?

    Does anybody have experience riding their 20" folders in the winter? Hard? Easy? Good idea? Bad idea? How about using 20" winter tires or studded tires?

    I know there's a winter riding forum, but I figure the size of the bike/tire would more of a defining characteristic.
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    No problems riding in the Australian winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jur View Post
    No problems riding in the Australian winter.
    Ho ho ho...
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    I put studded tires on mine and rode it through an Iowa winter... I like the fact the bike is close to the ground and it is easy to get a foot down in a hurry. Deep snow can be an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozonation View Post
    Does anybody have experience riding their 20" folders in the winter? Hard? Easy? Good idea? Bad idea? How about using 20" winter tires or studded tires?

    I know there's a winter riding forum, but I figure the size of the bike/tire would more of a defining characteristic.
    I never noticed any big-small wheel difference with the cold. My studded tires on big wheel bikes are about 5mm wider. I hardly ever ride through the snow; but the studded tires make a big difference on ice.

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    I do.. there are even studded tires made in 406-20".. Schwalbe. maybe others .... Suomi-Nokia?

    A Norwegian friend says there is a studded tire in 349 now too, for Bromptons & Tikits.

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    20" tires are good for winter riding -- studded tire availability.

    18" tires, not so much...
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    Talkin winter in July? Criminal!!

    I've tried, but I find it hard to go through mounds of hard packed snow with ice on a small wheel. I use my MTB for winter riding.
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