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This was not a newsletter submission, it was an offering on the discussion forum. There was a question about wheel sizes. Kevin's response reproduced here because it contains vital information. Photo from Buccaneer 200, April 17.

Looks like Kevin chose the 700s for the brevet.

650 vs 700
by Kevin Bruce

I have both a 700 and a 650 bike. I do not prefer one over the other and will not take sides in what can become a passionate debate. That being said, here are my thoughts on wheel size by way of direct comparisons:

Speed: 700
Comfort: 650

Agility: 700
Stability: 650

Climbing: 700
Descending: 650

Impressing girls: 700
Carrying the groceries: 650

That's all you really need to know in order to make a decision on which wheel size to choose.

Plus an afterthought from Chris Cullum:

At my house the best way to "impress girls" is to be "carrying the groceries", so your mileage may vary.


May 10, 2010