• 08-03-2018
    jaks
    looking for compact NOT folding bike for commuting
    Anyone have any suggestions on a commuter bike that is super compact (compact frame, small wheels) but still fits a medium size rider reasonably, and has good brakes? I don't want the weight and complexity of a folding bike.

    The use case is commuting less than 1 mile in the city, flat with no hills.

    So far any bike that I've been able to find that are designed to be compact are folding bikes.
  • 08-03-2018
    Taroroot
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jaks View Post
    Anyone have any suggestions on a commuter bike that is super compact (compact frame, small wheels) but still fits a medium size rider reasonably, and has good brakes? I don't want the weight and complexity of a folding bike.

    The use case is commuting less than 1 mile in the city, flat with no hills.

    So far any bike that I've been able to find that are designed to be compact are folding bikes.

    If it doesnt fold, it wont get that much ch smaller. I do recall a Canondale that used 20 slicks, not sure if they still make it. I do see some people using 20 BMXs to, 1 mile you could ride just about anything. Even a skateboard or scooter.
  • 08-03-2018
    chazpat
    Learn to ride a unicycle?
  • 08-03-2018
    cyclingdutchman
    Did you google yourself? I just did a quick search on "20 inch compact bike" and it came up with at least 3 brands/models. It just wont help you much because I am in germany/europe and therefore get local results.

    I also have memories of a cannondale bike but there is nothing listed on their website anymore. Must be a retired model.

    I would also suggest to look in stores that have stuff for car / RV camping. I have seen some of those bikes and always in tourist areas where a lot of RVs are riding around.

    Good luck.

    CU, CD
  • 08-04-2018
    jaks
    When I google it, I get nothing but folding bikes
  • 08-04-2018
    chazpat
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jaks View Post
    When I google it, I get nothing but folding bikes

    Why do you need something super compact?

    Just get a folding bike and don't fold it. Here's one right at 30 lbs. Pretty sure you can handle that for a 1 mile commute on flat land.

    https://www.rei.com/product/114554/t...8-folding-bike

    As you mentioned, if designed to be compact than they are folders. Not much demand for full side bikes with small wheels.
  • 08-04-2018
    j102
    looking for compact NOT folding bike for commuting
    Why compact? If you are just commuting, why not get a regular bike?
  • 08-06-2018
    formula4speed
    Cannondale Hooligan was the 20 inch bike, not sure if it is still in production or not.
  • 08-07-2018
    mtbxplorer
    My BMX cruiser is pretty small compared to my other bikes. They have 24 inch wheels, and are a breeze to maintain being just one speed.