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Old 05-17-13, 03:09 PM   #1
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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)
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Old 05-17-13, 03:21 PM   #2
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I did that and hit a wet spot at the turn. 3 cracked ribs a new helmet, bibs and new jersey later. OUCH.
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Old 05-17-13, 06:06 PM   #3
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I did that and hit a wet spot at the turn. 3 cracked ribs a new helmet, bibs and new jersey later. OUCH.
Ouch for sure. Wet pavement is enough to frighten me with this racing/training type tire. You just cant tell when it will let go on you.
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Old 05-18-13, 01:01 AM   #4
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Some bikes give you confidence and others you are wary of. Sounds like this bike is sorted so good on ya.
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Old 05-18-13, 11:57 AM   #5
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Some bikes give you confidence and others you are wary of. Sounds like this bike is sorted so good on ya.
Yes, thank you.

If I were riding the Trek 460 or a friend's C-Dale Crit 3.0 I had in my shop for refurbing....there may have been a different outcome.
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