From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jobst Brandt)
Subject: Re: Kestrel 500
Date: 11 Jun 1998 01:28:16 GMT
Dan Rishworth writes:
>> If you buy any bike, realize that it may not be a "life-time" bike.
>> However, I think many of the newer carbon bikes from many of the
>> top manufacturers (such as Kestrel) are built as well as any out
>> Of course, the 500 has smaller wheels than your typical 700C
>> wheeled road bike -- you might find that you have great
>> acceleration, but you're working harder to keep the same speed over
>> the long haul.
> This is a common misconception about smaller wheels. There will be
> no difference in the amount of power required to maintain a constant
> speed. They will be easier to accellerate and will decellerate more
> quickly, but if your speed remains constant there will be no
> difference between 650 and 700 wheels in the power required to
> maintain that speed.
There is a difference and that lies in the rolling resistance and
losses of riding over road roughness. You'll also not that most
Moulton like bicycles have suspension, not because it is a feature,
but because it is a necessity if you don't use soft balloon tires. An
additional drawback is the unusually large chainwheels required to
give a conventional set of gears with small wheels. There are reasons
why wheels are the size they are. It is not by coincidence.
Jobst Brandt <email@example.com>