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# How does the size of a bicycle's tire affect how far it travels given a specific amount of pedaling?

Updated: 9/27/2023

Wiki User

13y ago

The diameter, together with the gearing ratio between the chain ring by the pedals and the sprocket at the rear wheel is what decides how far the bike will travel for each full turn of the pedals.

If you keep the gearing ratio the same, but switch to a bigger wheel the bike can go farther - but pushing the pedals will become harder.

If you keep the gearing ratio the same but switch to a smaller wheel the bike will go shorter, but pushing the pedals will get easier.

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11y ago

Wiki User

14y ago

Assuming that the gear ratio between pedals and wheel is the same, the bigger wheel will cover a greater distance for each turn of the pedals.

Wiki User

13y ago

The bigger the wheel, the longer the circumference, The longer the circumference the farther the wheel will travel during one rotation.

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