Great State of Varmint
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Dante's Third Ring
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Originally Posted by ntime60
It is real twitchy though. I've taken my hands off the bars a couple times, but a puff of wind or a knee twitch will send it in another direction real quick.
May I ask: Is this your first aluminum-framed bike? I'm always seeing people crash on their brand new Cannondale and such. The last one was a Cannondale also. He tried to take a corner in front of my place and the bike threw him off. He wasn't wearing a helmet. As a EMT-trained first responder, I ran across the road to him and gave him the check. He was dazed but unwilling to go to the hospital. He sat on my doorstep - right across from the Fire Department ambulance and several large fire-trucks. He was concerned about the bike. He'd just bought it. It was okay - just the handlebars had, as they should, rotated on impact. I went and got a hex-wrench. Then I began my "interrogation:"
Did the bike-shop you got it from warn you about the difference in response of the aluminum-frame? Nope.
Did they tell you it was an aluminum-frame? Nope.
Is this your first new bicycle? Yup.
I explained to him the differences and sent him off, along with medical advice, to learn how his aluminum-framed Cannondale would respond. In an empty parking-lot. And to buy a helmet - head's being one-to-a-customer.
Then I went off to ride my Trek. And I found a guy dusting himself off. Another Cannondale had struck. This was the third time this week it had pitched him off. He was around 55 and also not wearing a helmet. I let him try on mine for comfort - he loved it! - and took down the address of where to get one. TODAY! he said. And I sent him off to a parking-lot as well.
And the list goes on and on how many people I've had to do this for. Bike-shops just don't explain these things to their clientele who are buying an aluminum-framed bike. They didn't tell me when I bought my Trek - fortunately I already knew. And they don't try to get you to buy a helmet. Sell you expensive lycra-clothing and crud - no helmets. I made a firm commitment to try to educate people on these matters BEFORE
I have to scoop 'em up.
Now get a helmet and go to the empty parking-lot!