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Old 08-18-13, 02:16 PM   #1
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I keep bending rims

I think the problem is that I'm leaning the bike to the side when I go off curbs. So dont do like I do and coast, standing up at an angle


This is probably common knowledge that I failed to realize, but for those of you who don't know, don't coast over a bump or curve with the bike leaned to the side. Puts a lot of horizontal force on that rim.

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Old 08-18-13, 03:13 PM   #2
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Or like most of us, avoid them!
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Bill, I would avoid them if I had the choice. Thank you
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Jump a little bit without leaving the pedals as you go off the bump, so the wheel lands lightly, then let your weight down onto the pedals, so there is no hard impact.
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How much do you weigh? On big bumps or potholes, you should try to get off the saddle and bend your knees and elbows so your body can act as a shock absorber like when mountain biking, instead of just letting the bike take all the impact joules.
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You didn't specify tire size & your weight.
Maybe you need a larger tire and/or more pressure so you aren't bottoming out on the rim.
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How much do you weigh? On big bumps or potholes, you should try to get off the saddle and bend your knees and elbows so your body can act as a shock absorber like when mountain biking, instead of just letting the bike take all the impact joules.
I agree with your suggestions for how to handle impacts but weight has little or nothing to do with it. I'm not little by any means but I can land a jump on a mountain bike that has butterflies wishing they could land that lightly.

As to going over a bump at an angle, I do it all the time. Again, it's about how lightly you ride the bike. Sit on the saddle like it's seat and you'll damage the bike. But it you use the saddle for support and use your legs for shock absorption, the bike will float over impacts.
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I think the problem is that I'm leaning the bike to the side when I go off curbs. So dont do like I do and coast, standing up at an angle


This is probably common knowledge that I failed to realize, but for those of you who don't know, don't coast over a bump or curve with the bike leaned to the side. Puts a lot of horizontal force on that rim.

Why do you do this?Not being a smart**s just can't see the benefit.
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