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Re: [rootsradicals] Re: freerad adjustment help

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  • henry
    I don t know if many riders do this, but if you do a lot of heavy loading it would be a wise idea to periodically check the weldments on your freeradical. I
    Message 1 of 5 , Oct 18, 2010
      I don't know if many riders do this, but if you do a lot of heavy loading it would be a wise idea to periodically check the weldments on your freeradical. I run mine during the winter here in Minnesota and try to do a good cleaning so the salts don't reek too much havic. Sometimes it's hard to detect a fracture in the metal when inspecting by sight. Usually most failures are not the welds themselves but the adjacent material. And as it goes it's not what you see, but what you feel. Just a thought and hopefully not the issue you are contending with. Henry.

      On Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 4:24 PM, GeoffA <geoffabbas@...> wrote:

      i am not observing any play, but when i lift the front end and turn the handlebars they do fall off to the left more than the right.

      i'll check this more thoroughly tonight...


      --- In rootsradicals@yahoogroups.com, jj velvetackbar <jj@...> wrote:
      > Have you checked out your headset? It almost sounds like its too loose. Lift
      > up the front end, turn the handlebars slightly to one side or the other off
      > the main vector of the frame and see if they fall to one side.
      > Check for play by lifting the bike up and down slightly.
      > If its loose, either take it into a shop (this is standard across all bikes)
      > or consult a good technical manual (I refer my friends to Chainbreaker, but
      > there are other competent manuals out there.) Then, when you are done:
      > DOUBLE CHECK YOUR WORK. A faulty headset, under load, can be near-deadly.
      > JJ
      > On Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 1:02 PM, GeoffA <geoffabbas@...> wrote:
      > >
      > >
      > > what's out of whack with my x?
      > >
      > > problem:
      > > as i turn front wheel slightly to left, it pulls on me to turn to 90
      > > degrees. same is true for turning right.
      > >
      > > history:
      > > i assembled my freerad kit myself (GT hybrid 700c donor) and have been
      > > riding reasonably trouble free for 2+ years now. wheels appear true.
      > >
      > > story:
      > > i gave a passenger a ride this morning. made some tight turns to avoid some
      > > obstacles. when i dropped the passenger off, i noticed my bike kind of
      > > drifting to the right. (to ride without hands i had to lean my bike
      > > substantially to the left.)
      > > i assumed in the course of my morning ride with extra weight the alignment
      > > of my freerad must have shifted (mount moved in bike's dropouts or
      > > something).
      > > when i arrived at work i took a few minutes to loosen the freerad bolts in
      > > my bike's drop outs and the bolt that goes through the freerad tongue and
      > > FAP. i settled everything back in seeming straight and secure, tightened
      > > everything back down and jumped on to see if that fixed it.
      > > of course what i experienced was something even worse.
      > > now as i ride when i turn my front wheel a little to the left or right, it
      > > pulls to turn all the way.
      > >
      > > just more proof that i know just enough about working on bikes to be
      > > dangerous.
      > >
      > > thanks for any suggestions as my LBS that was best for helping with the
      > > unconventional nature of the freerad closed.
      > >
      > >
      > >

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