Friday, June 13, 2008

Now those are some big wheels

I took this photo on a ride between Northfield and Faribault, MN. It's nice being back under the big sky of Minnesota. On this ride, I swung by Mill Town Cycles to say Ben Witt who owns the place. I know Ben from college back when he worked at the local shop in Northfield before he decided to strike out on his own and open his own shop. I was especially impressed by Ben's bike, which has 36 inch wheels! Forget the debate about 26 inch wheels vs. 29 inch wheels, Ben says it's all about the 36 inch wheeled bike, of which there are only about 6 in the country.

Ben worked with Mike Pofahl to design this bike, which he says has a wheel base that is only 2 inches longer than his normal bike. All of the measurements between his seat, handlebars, bottom bracket, etc. are exactly the same as on his regular 26 inch wheel bike. I didn't get a chance to ride the bike or find out where he gets the wheels/tires, but this sure looks like one fun bike to ride.

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