Hybrid Bicycles - handling differences
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03-11-10, 09:44 AM
I have a Trek 7000 that I got last spring. I really like the bike, but when I got it, it took me about a month to really get accustomed to the handling differences between it and my 90's Huffy MTB. I was really liking it by the end of the summer, then I switched back to the MTB for winter. After the first few days, it felt like home again.
Now I'm back on the Trek and I'm going through the same acclimation period. I'm trying to figure out what may contributed to the handling differences I'm experiencing. It seems as if the bike is twitchier in regard to it's handling. It seems less nimble but I'm also more likely to veer off the straight line with it.
Is it all geometry? Or if I got different handlebars might that help?
03-11-10, 10:52 AM
Good question. I have several different bikes I ride and I've noticed the same thing. I think part of it is geometry, and changing the handlebars and/or seat position may help that. But you can only do so much with those kind of adjustments. Seat tube and head tube angles, fork rake, and overall wheelbase are what they are and you have to just adjust to them.
Most of my bikes are pretty upgright. When I got an old Schwinn Prelude with downtube shifters recently, I had a bear of a time trying to get comfortable on that thing. My solution is to keep the physical adjustments to a minimum and just try to get used to each bike for what it is.
03-11-10, 10:58 AM
A lot of things make a difference. Wheel size, wheel base, trail, etc. The MTB and the 7000 are gonna be different in many regards.
03-11-10, 11:08 AM
The 7000 sits you pretty upright, as does my old Schwinn Woodlands MTB. Fine for putting around the town, but I dont like the handling one bit. My Sirrus handles like my mountain bike, quick and nimble! Bikes that are pretty upright are not designed for much speed. Of course, I am more comfortable doing high speeds on my mountain bike over any other bike. I have had it up to 50mph and felt fine, The road bike I had (specialized allez) I got up to about 40 and was very uncomfortable.
Each person is comfortable with handling on different bikes. Maybe your more comfortable on a mountain geometry bike rather than a comfort/hybrid?
03-11-10, 11:10 AM
Well, after I rode it for a month last summer I bonded with my bike and was much more comfortable. I really didn't expect to feel uncomfortable this morning since I had already ridden the bike about 3000 miles last summer. So I'm trying to figure out if there's a why and if I can fix it?
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