First, the bike. For my general utility bike I ride an old Schwinn c.1984. This a lugged steel bike with 27” road tires. It has a Wald rack and two folding Wald baskets.
I had an odd condition today. I rode down to the bus stop to get my daughter (20) and she hopped on the rack, sidesaddle, and we rode off. However, it was extremely wobbly. Almost to the point of being unworkable (but it was that or walk a mile and a half in flip-flops).
Any ideas what may have been wrong? This is the first time we ever did this in the US. However, we rode this way often in P.R. China. This bike seems a bit more flexy (older steel v. a newer bike) that the ones I had in China. We considered that the tires on this bike are narrower.
The Wald, steel, rack is as good, if not better, than the ones we had in China. There was the issue that I am a bit out of practice, having not ridden with a passenger in over six months. It did get smoother, but it never felt as stable as I remember.
Any thoughts? Has any one else had something similar and what did you think the difference was?