Join Date: Jan 2001
Bikes: Specialized Stumpie, Bianchi Pista, Optima Baron
A LWB TourEasy is undeniably fast and uses a 700c rear wheel, however, it is more cumbersome to turn at low speeds and more difficult to transport and store than a SWB. Most SWBs use 20"/20" or 20"/26" wheels, although the Lightning bikes I believe use a 700c rear wheel (the P-38 is legendary for its speed and climbing performance.)
Your BB-to-seat height varies not only by manufacturer's design, but also by wheel configuration. I've heard that dual 26"-wheeled bents are better for touring and more suited to long-limbed riders.
I find my Optima Lynx (20"/26") provides a great mix of stability, maneuverablity, speed, climbing (and comfort, of course!) The 46" wheelbase is longish for a SWB, but I feel this provides stablity at high speed while not detracting from nimble handling qualities at low speed. The BB height is horizontal relative to the seat and not as radically raised as the lowracer configuration. With the ergonomic rigid seat, I find this combination to be a good driving platform for climbing and acceleration.
I like the cushioned rigid seat of Dutch bikes but many others prefer the ventilation of mesh-back seats, especially in the hotter climates. You should ride in both to decide.
This is only my experience but I hope you find it useful.
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