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Old 10-21-17, 11:42 PM   #26
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I am more of a value guy. I ran a bike shop for 30+ years and sold it to my son. I really like my 20" folders. I put Schwalbe 1.1" tires on my Dahon Mu d10. It is certainly much much harsher ride than the 2" tires it came with. The speed difference is significant also---way faster. I live in Montana --the 4th largest state in the US---I doubt any shop in the state has an 18" or 14" tire or tube in stock. But every one of them will have 406 tires and tubes.

I ride in the dark early mornings a lot. I ride my 26" mountain bike converted to an e bike at night with 2.1 smooth tires. I'm worried about bumps I don't see at night.

But as a tire seller I am totally into 406. The variety and price of 451 and the 16" and 18" tires are so limiting. All three of my folders are 406. (Swift, Mu d10, IGH 8 Mu).

Broken Pelvis man--12boy----Heal up---my mother broke her pelvis several years ago. The most connected bone in the body. Your torso moves with muscles and leverage from the torso and your legs also.--

Yeah, 406 is the most versatile of the lot.
18" isn't too bad with choices for slicks, knobby, puncture resistant, wider tires.
Not as much in selection, but rather adequate (provided the bike frame can take them).
451 is certainly the worst and its the limiting factor on my Bike Friday Pocket Rocket being mainly for road event uses.


MTB with the plush tires and suspension is certainly the best choice in case of bumps/holes/uneven roads.

Hope your pelvis has healed up well.
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Old 10-24-17, 10:11 PM   #27
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Lots of great input here everyone. I jump between 16 (305) and 20 (406) wheeled bikes. The 16's travel super easy and they work nicely in the city. The 20's ride bigger, carry gear with racks better, and can still travel. I suppose if I could only have one, I would go with the 20" Visc D18. I really like my compact 16" too though and they are both in the quiver.
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