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Old 04-18-17, 04:45 PM   #1
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I can't find 26" urban bikes?

Why is all "commuter" or "urban" bikes made with 700c wheel?

I am short (5'7")...so I never ever liked 700c...just feel wierd to me.

When I ride 26"...everything feels right.

Anyone makes a 26" commuter/urban bike with multi-speed derailler?

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Old 04-18-17, 04:54 PM   #2
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Marin Muirwoods 26".

By the way, I'm also 5'7" and I bought the 29er in size 17". It fits me to a T.
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FWIW, the founder of Niner Bikes, also 5'7", also rode a 29er. I rode the S back in the day.
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Why is all "commuter" or "urban" bikes made with 700c wheel?

I am short (5'7")...so I never ever liked 700c...just feel wierd to me.

When I ride 26"...everything feels right.

Anyone makes a 26" commuter/urban bike with multi-speed derailler?
Pretty scarce, unless you order something in from the UK (expensive). However, you might look at this as an option:

https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/atx-lite
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Surly Troll, LHT and Disc Trucker are all available with 26" wheels in various sizes.
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What Patrick said, but also you are a few years late for 26ers in general.
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What Patrick said, but also you are a few years late for 26ers in general.
Which means a lot of used MTBs show up on Craigslist, if that is what one desires.
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What about Cannondale Bad Boy?
Seems still to be available in 26"
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What about Cannondale Bad Boy?
Seems still to be available in 26"
The Bad Boy hasn't been made in 26" for years, they went to 700. I owned one of the originals and I loved the bike if you can find one second hand. Have you thought about 650b? There are plenty of bikes that are great for converting. I know a conversion may not be as fun as a new bike but it might be an option. The other thing I see being done is taking an old mountain bike and converting it with drop bars. Bikes like the Rockhopper make great conversions. There is a thread on this I think in the Classic and Vintage section.

A few years back I met someone commuting on a hand built True North where they used 26" wheels for a commuter bike. It was very nice but I am sure very expensive.
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Isn't the entire Breezer line 26 inch?
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A 26" wheeled hardtail MTB with smooth tires (good variety of them on the market) makes a fine commuter- personally have two for that very purpose. As a bonus the tires pop off easily for fixing flats.

Admittedly the newer hybrid/ commuter type bikes with 700c wheels inspire a serious case of bike desire though.
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a 26" wheeled hardtail mtb with smooth tires (good variety of them on the market) makes a fine commuter- personally have two for that very purpose. As a bonus the tires pop off easily for fixing flats.
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+2, if I may - exactly what I use for commuting in weather.
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Surly Troll, LHT and Disc Trucker are all available with 26" wheels in various sizes.
Too expensive...for a commuter that get left outside all day. I will always feel insecure while running errands and leaving bike parked in front of stores.
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What Patrick said, but also you are a few years late for 26ers in general.
Man...I hope it makes a come back soon.
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Which means a lot of used MTBs show up on Craigslist, if that is what one desires.
I'm feeling that Cragslist is gotting really expensive...people demanding a lot of money...then I still have to replace worn/undesirable components...ends up with a 10 year old bike costing more than a new bike.
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Isn't the entire Breezer line 26 inch?
Awesome!!! Exactly what I'm looking for. Thank you!!!
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A 26" wheeled hardtail MTB with smooth tires (good variety of them on the market) makes a fine commuter- personally have two for that very purpose. As a bonus the tires pop off easily for fixing flats. Admittedly the newer hybrid/ commuter type bikes with 700c wheels inspire a serious case of bike desire though.
But I don't want suspension fork.

Wow option is really limited...looks like the Breezer Uptown is the only bike still available in 26er.

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But I don't want suspension fork.

Wow option is really limited...looks like the Breezer Uptown is the only bike still available in 26er.
The look ...older.

https://charlotte.craigslist.org/bik/6093679774.html

Obviously, not your size and I don't know where you live. However, Older fully rigid MTB's don't keep value, and often get stashed in the garage for 20 years. Some tires, maybe a tune up? You can find them for way cheaper...

https://charlotte.craigslist.org/bik/6078981328.html

This one will need some love, but not a ton. Shifter is probably gummed up with dry grease. These are all fine bikes.
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The look ...older.

https://charlotte.craigslist.org/bik/6093679774.html

Obviously, not your size and I don't know where you live. However, Older fully rigid MTB's don't keep value, and often get stashed in the garage for 20 years. Some tires, maybe a tune up? You can find them for way cheaper...

https://charlotte.craigslist.org/bik/6078981328.html

This one will need some love, but not a ton. Shifter is probably gummed up with dry grease. These are all fine bikes.
Craigslist is tough to deal with for me. I live outside of a mega town. Driving into town to see used bikes is a really hassle, if I have to see many bikes before finding the one. So bad traffic. Cost of gas to drive. Out here in the suburb, don't find many good bikes except the road racing kind.
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OP, if you get the Breezer, we demand pics! Agree with the poster above. Used hardtail rigid fork mtb's aren't at all difficult to find- I use one for Winter riding. It's hardly a finely tuned machine either.. It's got good brakes though. Having a couple bikes- something to consider during ugly conditions. You don't want to muck up that Purdy new Breezer, right?
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Craigslist is tough to deal with for me. I live outside of a mega town. Driving into town to see used bikes is a really hassle, if I have to see many bikes before finding the one. So bad traffic. Cost of gas to drive. Out here in the suburb, don't find many good bikes except the road racing kind.
What region are you in? But if you want to find a reason not to get one, you'll find a reason.
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What region are you in? But if you want to find a reason not to get one, you'll find a reason.
Houston...traffic really bad...don't go into town except on Sundays. Lol.
I guess just too many bad experiences of driving an hour of traffic jam, to see a bike that is no where near "very clean".

But I notice Craigslist now have higher resolution photo...might start looking again.
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https://houston.craigslist.org/bik/6094648814.html

https://houston.craigslist.org/bik/6088300287.html

My wife is from Pearland. The one seller has multiple listings, different bikes. He may have additional bikes.
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Breezer
too bad you don't live in Old Lyme, CT

https://newlondon.craigslist.org/bik/6014805001.html
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Curious; have you ever tried a 27.5 bike? (Are 'commuter'/'urban' bikes offered in 27.5, or just mountain/trail bikes?)
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The look ...older.

https://charlotte.craigslist.org/bik/6093679774.html

Obviously, not your size and I don't know where you live. However, Older fully rigid MTB's don't keep value, and often get stashed in the garage for 20 years. Some tires, maybe a tune up? You can find them for way cheaper...

https://charlotte.craigslist.org/bik/6078981328.html

This one will need some love, but not a ton. Shifter is probably gummed up with dry grease. These are all fine bikes.
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Curious; have you ever tried a 27.5 bike? (Are 'commuter'/'urban' bikes offered in 27.5, or just mountain/trail bikes?)
No, don't want to get involved in odd ball sizing.
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An odd opinion for a self-professed MTB addict. 27.5 is here to stay. Already I find it harder to shop for 29er mtb tires than 27.5
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