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Old 07-04-13, 01:39 PM   #1
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24" or 26" Tires?

I have a bike with 24" tires and am considering buying a bike with 26" tires. I have read that one accelerates faster while the other is a better ride. I don't race so acceleration isn't a problem (unless a crazed dog comes charging after me). I plan on riding trails more so comfort is more important. What do you think? I am 5' 10" by the way. (This isn't a poll)

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Old 07-04-13, 05:22 PM   #2
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24" wheels are made basically for kids. I suggest you to get a 26" with an small frame, you will feel better while riding.
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Old 07-04-13, 05:50 PM   #3
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Hi,

It would be very unusual for a 24" bike to fit a 5'10" person,
basically your bike doesn't fit you and you want one that does.

26", and large (not small) is usually the right size for 5'10".

rgds, sreten.

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Old 07-05-13, 08:34 AM   #4
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sreten is right, your frame size is L =18 inch (I missreaded and thought you were 5'1").
You can even try 29inch wheels, I use a 29er and it is great!
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Old 07-05-13, 09:27 AM   #5
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What are you doing? Unless you're riding cruiser class BMX or dirt jumping, at 5'10, I would take 24" off the table as an option at all. Even with DJ and urban, the majority of people seem to go 26".

This is from the perspective of someone who loves her 24" playbike....but is also 7 inches shorter than you.
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Old 07-05-13, 03:14 PM   #6
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What are you doing?
I am considering fixing up a bike I got real cheap. It's looking less and less like it's worth it each day. But until I have the money for a new one I will keep messing with this one.
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Old 07-05-13, 05:07 PM   #7
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How can you even ride a bike that small?

Adjust the brakes as discussed in the other thread and sell the bike for at least what you paid for it.

Then buy a bike that fits. Here is one for a hundred bucks: http://annarbor.craigslist.org/bik/3915228435.html
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Does your bike with 24" wheels fit you? With the pedal at the bottom of the stroke is your leg almost straight? Without extending the seat post above the 'minimum insertion' marking? That's just one rough measure of fitting the person to the bike.
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Old 07-06-13, 03:40 PM   #9
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Does your bike with 24" wheels fit you? With the pedal at the bottom of the stroke is your leg almost straight? Without extending the seat post above the 'minimum insertion' marking? That's just one rough measure of fitting the person to the bike.
Yes it fits with the seat up high, I haven't looked to see if it's up to that mark. My leg has a slight bend in it at the bottom stroke like it's supposed to. I can't say it feels too small. I had a 26" BSO for about a week(it was s o bad I took it back) and only rode it a couple of times so can't really compare the two sizes.
For me it's a bit of a trade off. I live in a third floor apartment with no elevators. I have to carry the bike up and down each time. This bike is easier to get up and down the stairs.
The ride of this bike doesn't feel bad and one of my main questions is "is the ride of the bigger tires that much better"? I wanted to look at a 29"er tomorrow just to see how big they are.
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Two things: First, there's NO WAY a bike with 24" wheels fits you correctly. Second, even if it did, get a bike with 26" wheels anyway. It makes zero sense to try to polish poop, so don't. Ride that 'til you have money for something decent... keep looking on CL. And figure out your frame size while you're at it, too. Guessing 54-58cm or so. There're plenty of threads and guides on bike fit if you need help with that.
Oh, and as for a 29er, they're nice, but the difference isn't that big. Plus, tubes/tires tend to be more expensive with less selection. I didn't think you had the money to go buy a bike from your LBS anyway?
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Old 07-06-13, 06:29 PM   #11
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Hi,

The general opinion on MTB's is unless you are very tall
the latest fad for 29"/622mm wheeled MTB's is just that.

For most the standard size is the best size.

At least they make nice used 26"/559mm MTB's a little cheaper.

rgds, sreten.

24"/507mm is too small for 5'10" in any sort of
standard frame. Most frames will be junior sized.

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Old 07-07-13, 10:43 AM   #12
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Well, the votes are and tallied, this bike is toooo small. I tried to make it work but...... I got up early today to ride it before the rain set in. I rode for about three miles. It took about 100 yards to decide it is too small. It put too much strain on my legs when I ride and that's not good. It was a fun and inexpensive experiment. I know a lot more about mountain bikes and how to work on them now.

goldfinch, thanks for the link to that bike but it is already sold.

After I was done riding I went to a store to look at bikes. It's amazing the difference two inches can make. With all the overtime I am working right now I hope to have a new 26" bike soon.
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It's amazing the difference two inches can make. With all the overtime I am working right now I hope to have a new 26" bike soon.
When you're looking for that new bike, be sure to look at the frame size and not just the tire size. Figure you probably know but just in case...
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Old 07-07-13, 11:50 PM   #14
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Hi,

The general opinion on MTB's is unless you are very tall
the latest fad for 29"/622mm wheeled MTB's is just that.
I really don't think that is the case. Now 650b on the other hand
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FYI, my husband is your height and he rides a 18" framed mountain bike. He thinks a 19" would be a hair better. He rides a flat bar road bike that is 54cm. Everyone and every bike is different but that might be a starting point for sizes to check.
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Old 07-08-13, 04:03 PM   #16
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When you're looking for that new bike, be sure to look at the frame size and not just the tire size.
I sort of know about it, have been learning about it recently. Thanks for the advice every one. I have been looking at 26" bikes with 18" frames and seems about the limit for stand-over height. That is one of the reasons I gave the the 24" a try, it seemed not being as big was better.

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DOn't think just about weight (although it is very important) but about how comfortable you feel while riding.
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