Shark of the Month August 13
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Northern SF BayArea
23 or 26, when done right, both are gonna ride the same for all intents and purposes......its solely a matter of person preference
As far as the tire being available on the road goes, I keep a spare at home in case the need ever a rises. Most places we travel to are unlikely to even have a 21" tire in stock so I'd be waiting regardless, pack a tube in your bag on trips and call it cheap insurance.
My bike with the 26 handles great, parking lot speeds it's a little "heavy" and by a little I mean it take roughly 15 seconds to get used to it after you jump on for the first time and after that it's never a second thought.
As far as wheel base and being able to park, that has never.....ever....been an issue. Maybe if you were into trailering your bike that could be an issue, but street parking not at all
My bike is a 7* neck and 9* trees (I did mine before short necks) rear air only and I've happily ridden it into every western state in the US lol
Good ain't cheap, cheap ain't good.......
West coast ANTI SW IV - CA spring ride.....
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