Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-15-13, 10:37 PM   #1
lambo2124
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Bikes:
Posts: 52
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Suddenly can't ride with no hands on my bike , what's wrong?

I use to be able to bike for like 10 minutes straight with no hands at all, up hills, turning, everything perfectly straight at any normal speed.
Starting Around last week, when I let go of the handle bars, I can't seem to ride with no hands at all unless I'm going SUPER SUPER fast. It just suddenly sways to the left.
What is wrong?
lambo2124 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-13, 10:42 PM   #2
Waxbytes
Senior Member
 
Waxbytes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Bikes:
Posts: 520
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Bent frame, misaligned forks, inner ear infection, new medication, stroke, etc.

Does this happen on all bikes or just one?
Waxbytes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-13, 10:50 PM   #3
agent pombero
Mmm hm!
 
agent pombero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Portland, Oregon
Bikes:
Posts: 1,164
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Fear.
agent pombero is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-13, 10:59 PM   #4
lambo2124
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Bikes:
Posts: 52
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Just this one. It's not me. It's something with the bike but I don't quite know what.
lambo2124 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-13, 11:20 PM   #5
Darth Lefty 
Disco Infiltrator
 
Darth Lefty's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Orangevale CA
Bikes: '76 Paramount, 02 Hardrock, '98 C'Dale XR800, '04 Burley Samba, '15 Priority Classic
Posts: 6,233
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 313 Post(s)
If it's mechanical, it's not safe and you shouldn't ride it til you figure it out and get it fixed. People get killed by screwed up forks.
Darth Lefty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-13, 11:48 PM   #6
joejeweler
Banned.
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Bikes:
Posts: 360
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Check your headset adjustment. I've had that happen if the headset is binding.

If it's worked it's way to being too tight, or possible dry bearings, it tends to "hold" the steerer into position. The natural tendency of the rake in the fork to straighten out the wheel will no longer work.
joejeweler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-13, 12:26 AM   #7
no1mad
Thunder Whisperer
 
no1mad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: NE OK
Bikes: '06 Kona Smoke
Posts: 8,800
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 201 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Waxbytes View Post
Bent frame, misaligned forks, inner ear infection, new medication, stroke, etc.

Does this happen on all bikes or just one?
Quote:
Originally Posted by lambo2124 View Post
Just this one. It's not me. It's something with the bike but I don't quite know what.
Since you have stated that you haven't had this issue before with other bikes and that this just started about a week ago... I gotta ask- how long have you had this bike?
__________________
Community guidelines
no1mad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-13, 08:28 AM   #8
Looigi
Senior Member
 
Looigi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 8,951
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Loose or tight headset. Loose front skewer. Loose wheel bearings. Cracked axle, fork, or frame. Very loose spokes. Flat tire.
Looigi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-13, 08:49 AM   #9
fietsbob 
coprolite
 
fietsbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Bikes: 7
Posts: 22,134
Mentioned: 18 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1125 Post(s)
Hold on to the handlebars , with at least one hand... problem solved.
fietsbob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-13, 10:49 AM   #10
J.C. Koto
apocryphal sobriquet
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Star City, NE
Bikes: 2008 Surly Long Haul Trucker "The Truckerino"
Posts: 1,072
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Have you removed either of the wheels recently?
J.C. Koto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-13, 11:17 AM   #11
Wilfred Laurier
Seņor Member
 
Wilfred Laurier's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Bikes:
Posts: 3,921
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 154 Post(s)
i was thinking wheel not in straight
as j c koto is implying

otherwise
all the other mechanical problems mentioned above are possible
as is bent frame or fork from a recent crash
or other abuse
Wilfred Laurier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-13, 11:22 AM   #12
ahsposo 
Titanic Member
 
ahsposo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Deep in the North Atlantic
Bikes: A Home Built All Rounder, Bianchi 928, Specialized Langster, Dahon Folder
Posts: 7,073
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 410 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by joejeweler View Post
Check your headset adjustment. I've had that happen if the headset is binding.

If it's worked it's way to being too tight, or possible dry bearings, it tends to "hold" the steerer into position. The natural tendency of the rake in the fork to straighten out the wheel will no longer work.
Here you go.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by thelmatimynagle View Post
i glad turn hobbits
ahsposo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-13, 01:01 PM   #13
Artkansas 
Pedaled too far.
 
Artkansas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: La Petite Roche
Bikes:
Posts: 12,855
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Rear wheel slightly out of alignment was my first thought.
__________________
"He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.
Artkansas is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:17 PM.