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Old 2011-05-01, 08:34 PM   #1
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Trouble with riding 20" after riding larger wheels

I've been mostly riding 29" and 36" lately, and now I've found that I have a hard time riding my 20"! I'm so used to pushing the weight and mass of a 36 that when I ride my 20" I look like I don't even know how to ride because I am jerking all over the place.

Has anyone else had issues with this? Do I just need to ride my 20" more often to keep it in memory?
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Old 2011-05-01, 09:28 PM   #2
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I've been mostly riding 29" and 36" lately, and now I've found that I have a hard time riding my 20"! I'm so used to pushing the weight and mass of a 36 that when I ride my 20" I look like I don't even know how to ride because I am jerking all over the place.

Has anyone else had issues with this? Do I just need to ride my 20" more often to keep it in memory?
I think you'll adjust easy enough. Happens to me all the time after riding my 29'er.
Means your riding a lot....and that is good.
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Old 2011-05-01, 10:25 PM   #3
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I get the feeling simply by wearing a different pair of shoes. I don't think there's anything you can do about it.
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Old 2011-05-01, 10:45 PM   #4
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at this point i ride my 20 the most to big wheels feel weird
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Old 2011-05-01, 11:27 PM   #5
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^^What?^^

If I ride one a bunch then get on the other there is always an adjustment period. If I only ride my Muni for a few weeks it can take ~ 5 min to readjust. I sometimes like to commute on the 20 (because it's lower to the ground and harder to roll over stuff). I'll do that all week for the first few revs I can barely ride at all.

This was more prevelant in my first couple of years.

Riding and switching between them regularly helps, esp. from the extremes ie ride the 36 & 20 regularly then jump on the 24 or 29 and you are at home.

Edit: the same is true w/ different riding styles and particular tricks. Ride each style you have interest in (flat, Muni, road, etc) and practice all your tricks regularly (a few times a month for each works for me).
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Old 2011-05-02, 04:56 AM   #6
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at this point i ride my 20 the most to big wheels feel weird
Isn't your largest wheel a 24"?..
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Old 2011-05-02, 11:59 AM   #7
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I ride my uncles prehistoric big wheel
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I ride my uncles prehistoric big wheel
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can get some when i see him next
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