20" wheels and my wish list

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by boyntonstu, Jan 2, 2015.

  1. boyntonstu

    boyntonstu Member

    This video shows a way to mount the engine behind the seat.

    If you have a motorized 20, I am interested in how you mounted your engine.

    I love 20" wheels. I ride a 5 speed mountain bike with raised seat and extension raised handlebars every day for exercise. I am 76 and I have been clocked at 18 MPH over a short distance.

    Up to 33 MPH a 20" wheel is equal or faster than bigger wheeled bikes.

    20" bikes are also more nimble and stronger as well.

    AFAIK The only disadvantage is that 20" bike are harder to ride with no hands.

    Surprisingly, there is more pedal to wheel clearance.

    A 20" stores in a small space and can fit into many car trunks.

    I want both a pedal and a motorized bike.

    I am willing to trade my Honda-GX31 custom recumbent for a motorized 20".

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  2. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    Thats the cleanest BMX install I've seen.
  3. boyntonstu

    boyntonstu Member

    That engine setup is my goal.

    A mountain bike with front suspension and 5 speeds would be better for comfort and for pedaling without the motor.
  4. professor

    professor Active Member

    I have a 20 inch bike that I lengthend the frame on, it is just a pedaler now but is not twitchey down the road.
    Long frames rule.
  5. boyntonstu

    boyntonstu Member

    One picture is worth 1,00 words, please.
  6. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    Neat bike but seems awfully small. Why not consider a 26in wheeled bike with say a 14in frame? Bigger wheels = better ride.
  7. boyntonstu

    boyntonstu Member

    I love BMX sized bikes. I ride it every day.

    Bigger wheels = better ride????

    IMO A 27" 105 psi tire does not offer a better ride than a 20" 50 psi bike tire, especially with front shocks.

    Nimbleness, storage, acceleration directs me to a 20" wheel bike.
  8. butre

    butre Well-Known Member

    I've put 20 inch wheels on a 26 inch bike before for storage reasons, and other than the miserable ground clearance it rode well

    Also I have a 27.5 inch MTB that I run at 20 PSI, the roughest rootiest trails feel like riding on velvet with that setup even though it's a hardtail.