[Yak] "Clown bike"?
trevay at massbike.org
Wed Dec 5 15:15:03 CST 2007
Laura Lane Bender wrote:
>We want bikes suitable for 20-30 mile rides. My husband is 6'2" and
feels he needs a 24" wheel.
>We laughingly refer to the small wheeled bikes as "clown bikes".
They don't look that they could
>go very far and that peddling it would be exhausting!
This question gets asked a lot, and it'll probably get answered by
lots of folks, but suffice to say --
* The gears on the bike determine the difficulty of pedaling, not the
wheel size. (If it were up to the wheel size, we'd all be riding big
wheeled "penny-farthings," like Mark Twain owned in the 1880s.)
* Small wheels actually roll more easily than larger wheels, because
they have less mass, and therefore, less inertia.
* Small wheels are stronger and stiffer than larger wheels, too.
It's pretty hard to bend spokes on a 20" wheel. So a bigger wheel
isn't necessarily better for a bigger guy.
* The versatility of being able to fold this bike and put it in the
trunk of a car, or bring it on public transport, or pack it into a
suitcase and bring it to my ma-in-law's house in Ireland has made my
Friday my favorite. (I also own two full-sized fixed gears and a
But about the "clown bike" issue --
Despite the fact that my wife is the person who bought me Tessie --
that's my New World Tourist -- as an early Christmas present in 2004,
despite the fact that since obtaining this Red Sox Red beauty, our
little baseball team team has twice won the World Series,
my wife continues to refer to Tessie as my "clown bike"!
She even tends to imitate a calliope when I'm riding it ... yeah,
she's like that, they call it the Irish wit, along with some other
more, eh, exciting terms. ('Nuf 'ced!)
But still, this is a pretty odd coincidence that the only other time
I've ever run into "clown bike" is in this forum, today. Nobody but
my wife ever used that description when it came to my Friday. Until
Which just makes me wonder --
-- HEY, SYL! Is that YOU? What's for dinner?
About a half mile from Fenway Park.
"Tessie, you are the only, only, oh-only!"
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