Re: [rootsradicals] Digest Number 151
> --- In email@example.com, "alexbknight" <Alexbknight@...>You're in a different position on the Xtracycle, and it takes a bit of
> > The angle change seems to give me "oversteer", i.e. the bike would
> > tend to continue steering more sharply given the choice.
getting used to. Your weight is nearly 50/50 distributed between each
wheel, putting much more weight on the front wheel and causing the
"self-steer" effect. You'll get used to it, don't worry. A word of
warning: This effect is dramatically increased by carrying heavy stuff
forward of the rear axle. Take the corners carefully when you're
loaded. I have had good luck using a seatpost suspension to keep me
farther back and in the saddle to help improve the handling, and
discourage me from popping out of the saddle. Extra low gearing helps
when trying to stay in the saddle, also.
> > I tried my wife and child (2 years) on the snap deck, and have toIt varies a lot with the passenger! It's nearly impossible to balance
> > say I had a fair amount of "whip" in the ride at low speed. Is this
> > the Xtracycle configuration or my back wheel being too weedy? With
> > the baby in a frame mounted seat and no wife no problem. Same whip
> > experienced today carrying my dry cleaning (20 kg) home tonight.
a drunk college boy on the back(tried - they like neon) but most
people are alright as long as you get them to sit forward on the
snapdeck and to stop trying to balance the bike themselves.
I experienced some nasty speed wobble while flying down a hill at
38mph(61kph) with 40kg on the back, mostly because about 15 kilos were
behind the rear axle(and somewhat loose, too).