1788Re: [rootsradicals] Re: Two questions...
- Oct 5, 2007Some of the flexiness remarked on may not be the bike and free-radical,
but the way the load was packed. I've a stokemonkey with the huge
batterypack. When I put that pack in the freeloaders, I get 'flex' and
wobble. The pack can swing in the freeloaders. When I cram that pack
into the pocket of the freeloaders (deluxe), then I don't get the
wobble. One of my freeloaders has a smaller pocket than the other one.
I get less wobble with the tighter pocket (but that means I have to
remove the entire freeloader when I need to bring the batterypack inside
Some of my other loads, I've noticed some wobble. I've attributed that
much more to the way I had the load packed than to the material of my
I used to have the freeradical attached to an aluminum frame. It's now
attached to a Surly-instigator. My real reason for changing was, I
wanted a frame that was a better fit for me, not because I was concerned
about aluminum vs steel. Hearing about the strength, durability, and
repairability of steel, though, helped me decided to get a steel frame.
The current set-up is a sweet ride and looks really classy. I get
complements all the time. I had to put the tongue of the freeradical
below the chainstay bridge so I could squeeze in a stokemonkey (I got
the small instigator frame). This changes the dynamics of the bike a
little, but the ride is still good. I also made the mistake of letting
the bike shop cut about 2 inches off the top of the fork (the way I
ride, those two inches are missed). With this set up, I don't do much
'no hands,' but I have had no problem hauling friends up the hill to home.
> Hi Mark,--
> No need to convince me of the general case for steel. My road bike is steel, a Lemond
> Buenos Aires from before the Carbon era. I went out of my way to find that, an older pre-
> carbon one on Craig's list. And my favorite mountain bike is my steel Yo Eddy, full rigid
> (and even though I have a nice full susp aluminum as well). And I jumped on the
> Stumpjumper last night at the auction specifically because it was steel (I would not have
> paid ~$200 for a 14 year old aluminum bike).
> However, I have seen it mentioned by people in various forums sometimes complaining
> that steel + xtracycle is too flexy. That is my one and only concern about steel (actually,
> rust is a second one, since I had to have the seat tube of my Yo Eddy replaced due to rust
> - but now I use FrameSaver).
> So my comment is not a question about steel *in general*, but specifically as it applies to
> being combined with the Freeradical kit. I don't want to spend a bunch of time moving the
> parts over if it is going to make for an inferior loaded ride.... that's all. My alternative is
> just to leave the Fisher Aluminum hooked to the Freerad, and convert the Stumpjumper to
> a singlespeed for fun. I converted an old Fuji mtn bike to singlespeed last year, but it
> ended up being too small for me, so I sold it...
> Thanks, and I hope your family health issues get sorted out!
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Mark Garvey" <lazybee45@...> wrote:
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