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Old 02-21-19, 04:20 AM
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The 26 Inch Wheel Flat Earth Society

The 26 Inch Wheel Flat Earth Society
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"This new learning amazes me, Sir Bedevere. Explain again how sheep's bladders may be employed to prevent earthquakes."
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I've been known to use a 26in wheeled bike to go buy groceries which includes Pita bread, maybe it's my fault.
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26" wheels are fine. When the current fad for oversized 700c wheels has run its course, the industry will trot out 26" as new technology and everyone will have to get a new bike again.

In the mean time there are enough old rims to keep you rolling for a long time.

And some really excellent tires.

I had this frame custom made a few years ago so I could take advantage of Compass Rat Trap Pass tires (26 x 2.3). 4000 miles in 2018, though mostly randonneuring rather than touring.


But the world is not flat. I have to draw the line somewhere.
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ISO 559, 571, 584, 587, 590, 597 or 599?
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Originally Posted by pakeboi
The 26 Inch Wheel Flat Earth Society
You omit the 29" flat earth society.

I've ridden both quite a bit.

I'll take 26" for a variety of reasons.

Ms. Cools concurs.
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I roll on 406, 559 and 622 MM rims, tire sizes vary from 25-60MM.

Every wheel size is a compromise of some sort.
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If I were to ever tour a flat earth 26" is definitely the tire size i'd go with.

Also a member of the Silca frame pump expanding universe advisory council. Our main focus is countering the radical CO2 cartridge collapsing factions.
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Originally Posted by Happy Feet
If I were to ever tour a flat earth 26" is definitely the tire size i'd go with.

Also a member of the Silca frame pump expanding universe advisory council. Our main focus is countering the radical CO2 cartridge collapsing factions.
Amen brothers and sisters
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Originally Posted by rhm
26" wheels are fine. When the current fad for oversized 700c wheels has run its course, the industry will trot out 26" as new technology and everyone will have to get a new bike again.

In the mean time there are enough old rims to keep you rolling for a long time.

And some really excellent tires.

I had this frame custom made a few years ago so I could take advantage of Compass Rat Trap Pass tires (26 x 2.3). 4000 miles in 2018, though mostly randonneuring rather than touring.


But the world is not flat. I have to draw the line somewhere.
29 has been replaced by 27.5. Do try to keep up.
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Originally Posted by rhm
26" wheels are fine. When the current fad for oversized 700c wheels has run its course, the industry will trot out 26" as new technology and everyone will have to get a new bike again.

In the mean time there are enough old rims to keep you rolling for a long time.

And some really excellent tires.

I had this frame custom made a few years ago so I could take advantage of Compass Rat Trap Pass tires (26 x 2.3). 4000 miles in 2018, though mostly randonneuring rather than touring.


But the world is not flat. I have to draw the line somewhere.
Nice bike ! Which shop made the frame ?
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Originally Posted by tcs
iso 559, 571, 584, 587, 590, 597 or 599?
559
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Originally Posted by alan s


29 has been replaced by 27.5. Do try to keep up.


ack! I have three 650b bikes now. I think the newest one will fit 26" wheels better, though, so if anything happens to the present rims, I'm upgrading to 26".


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Nice bike ! Which shop made the frame ?
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Watched the UCI Cross country MTB world championship races in Switzerland last Autumn?

World Tour R'off..

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Rim brakes all day and I propose we tour with rolled up sleeping bags bungied to the rack.
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Originally Posted by Happy Feet
If I were to ever tour a flat earth 26" is definitely the tire size i'd go with.
Suggested flat earth world tour route:


Stay away from the edge!

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I've toured 15,000+ miles on 26" and the majority of the time I was going uphill...the world is not flat!

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Originally Posted by Lemond1985
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Originally Posted by BigAura
I've toured 15,000+ miles on 26" and the majority of the time I was going uphill...the world is not flat!
holy kadoodles you said it Mr A.
wheels schmeels, they are just round things with rubber stuff on them, but I'll take the lower gearing that comes as a bonus with 26 any day of the week.
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