Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: northern michigan
Bikes: '77 Colnago Super, '76 Fuji The Finest, '88 Cannondale Criterium, '86 Trek 760
Whoa...What A Rush!
Today I tested the handling parameters of my Raleigh PRE and I am glad to have had that bike under my butt. We live in the hilliest of the hilly in our hilly county. My home is on a country lane (fresh blacktop) with a nasty 20mph corner just down the road at the bottom of a 1/2mi descent. This is my first time riding down this hill as I have typically come from the opposite direction (important little detail). I was in a racers tuck coasting along at 27mph with a car following me as I set up for the corner. In a car it is a true 20mph short radius turn. I sat up to scrub speed, then ducked down with my knee out....so far so good...no oncoming traffic...crap, here comes the shoulder!!! I was still back in the saddle so the backend wasnt going to kick out but what about the front? I tugged hard on the forks, the Michelin Krylion bit hard, the fork skittered twice and I was left with 3" of blacktop to spare as I shot out of the corner and I celebrated with a big grin. My neighbors passed me by after watching the whole thing. Now I know how much this aluminum/Tange epoxied frame can handle.
(Not that I'm real eager to hit that at 25+ again)