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Old 08-13-12, 01:54 PM   #1
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Alternate source for VO Wheel Stabilizer?

I know it's not necessarily a C&V item, but I know a lot of folks here visit Velo Orange on occasion, so I thought I'd ask. I have one of their wheel stabilizer spring thingies and was looking to get another for a bike I'm putting together for my wife (useful as she'll have a center mounted dual legged kickstand from them). Unfortunately, they're out of stock at the moment. Knowing how they tend to restock in fits and spurts and then sell out of certain items quickly, I thought I'd ask and see if anyone knew of another source for such a spring. Thanks.
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Old 08-13-12, 02:04 PM   #2
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Why not asks them if a bike shop they sell to ordered some?
They might have some stock.
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Old 08-13-12, 02:25 PM   #3
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Heck, I'd forgotten that they sell through qbp these days. Looks like you can even get them (the velo orange branded version) through amazon. I wonder if there's a similar product anyone else sells that I should try or if I should go with this as I know it works.
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I had a spare motorcycle exhaust spring, and made one with that.-works perfect and they come in stainless

just google "exhaust spring"
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VO just had a container arrive today, so those might be back in stock. Herbie makes a stabilizer too, http://www.dutchbikebits.com/index.p...product_id=150 but the cost + shipping is likely more than getting VO's version.
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I'm kind of ignorant with this item, but I've seen it online. I assume it's used to help the bike keep a straight line with less work. I've never had a problem with the front wheel wanting to turn that much when riding. Does it make a huge difference when used?
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It's for when you are off the bike.
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Mine didn't really feel much (if any) different while riding, but if you have a center-mounted dual-legged kickstand, it'll leave your front wheel up in the air (a little bit) and one of these can stop your wheel from flopping to one side quickly (and making the bike fall over). It's also helpful when you're loading a front rack and don't want the things to flip everywhere. Not a real need, but it does have certain defined uses that make it nice.
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I had a spare motorcycle exhaust spring, and made one with that.-works perfect and they come in stainless

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There were motorcycle steering dampers sold of a very similar design.
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It's for when you are off the bike.
On motorcycles a device like that is to prevent shimmy at speed.
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VO just had a container arrive today, so those might be back in stock.
Yup, back in stock, thanks.
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On motorcycles a device like that is to prevent shimmy at speed.
The main purpose is to allow the use of a high mounted load (like a handlebar bag) on a fork with an ordinary amount of trail.

Normally this combination is unstable because the load mass is above the steering axis. It can be fixed by reducing trail towards zero, thus also removing wheel flop which is what causes the instability, or by adding a force which opposes the tendency to flop which is what the spring does.
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I have one of these and it prevents wheel flop especially with handle bar bag. Keeps my daily commuter from falling over when on the kick stand.
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How is this spring thing better than the NLA Rhode Gear Flickstand?
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How is this spring thing better than the NLA Rhode Gear Flickstand?
Probably no additional stability benefit, but it works with fenders (not sure about the flickstand, but don't think so) and it's currently manufactured and easily available (when in stock). But yeah, serves pretty much the same function.
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