Do large diameter wheels mean faster speeds?

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4 Responses to Do large diameter wheels mean faster speeds?

  1. Frank_V says:

    The only size that matters to me while out cycling is the size of the smile on my face. Whether I’m riding my 26″ wheeled trekking bike or my trike with 20″ wheels, as long as I’m enjoying the ride it doesn’t matter.
    I ride for fun! ;)

  2. trike hobo says:

    Best advice yet Frank! Yep, riding for fun is what it’s all about!

  3. This discussion was invalid the moment derailleurs enterred the scene. Yes, larger wheels are faster than shorter ones when both are rotating at the same rpm. But by varying cogs and cranks all speed differences become negligible.

  4. Mary says:

    You’ve got the right idea Frank. As for me, when I’m commuting, the harder it rains the bigger my smile. I just like to make the drivers think I’m nuts.

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