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Old 07-11-12, 01:57 PM
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why not many 24" wheeled bikes?

I ride a 20" wheeled folder or a 700, and have sometimes wished for something in between.

I'm curious why there are pitifully few 24" wheeled bikes out there (besides kid bikes).

Any interesting historical or scientific reasons why?
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Old 07-11-12, 02:05 PM
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In order to make it difficult to find a tire for my wife's Miyata? I really don't have a clue.
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I don't know which came first in this case - the chicken or the egg - but tire choices for 24" wheels pretty much sucks.
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Old 07-11-12, 06:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Velo Dog View Post
Rivendell has a pretty good selection of 650B wheels, tires and bikes. That's a rough equivalent. Www.rivbike.com
No it isn't. A 650B is between a 26" and 29" (700C) mountain bike rim. 24" wheels (bead seat diameter of 507mm) are used on some BMX bikes and kid's mountain bikes. Here's some info on wheel/tire sizes: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html
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24" is a really nice size for petite women and many children. You can get 24" youth race bikes (which are a bit cyclo-crossy), there is a shopper-style folder from Dahon and a performance one from Airnimal. I cant think of any good quality, normal bike in 24".
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Originally Posted by bikebreak View Post
I ride a 20" wheeled folder or a 700, and have sometimes wished for something in between.

I'm curious why there are pitifully few 24" wheeled bikes out there (besides kid bikes).

Any interesting historical or scientific reasons why?
It's a good bet that it's all about marketing and manufacturing cost that killed the 24" wheels.

IF more people rode bikes in the U.S. the market for the 24" size would pick up a bit.....maybe.
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Airnimal, fold, suspension bikes..http://www.airnimal.eu/News/Home.php

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