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Old 11-12-02, 09:38 AM   #1
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Front Wheel Slideout

Had something new happen yesterday. Daughter and I were riding down a bike path towards the San Jac river, where it had been underwater last week due to flooding. The bike path had places where there was still wet mud about 1/4 -1/2 inch deep on it. My front tire on my LWB started slipping out sideways. I was going slow (6-8 MPH) and could catch myself each time, but I moved to the road where there was no mud. I have never experienced anything like this, as my rear wheel kept tight to the surface, mud or not. I have had both wheels slide out from under me in my wedgie days on snow/ice, things like that, but never just the one. Anyone else ever have this happen?
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The front wheel on most LWB carries much less of the load then the front of an SWB or upright.

Get two bathroom scales, put one under each wheel and sit on the bike. The rear wheel will carry about 75% of the weight. try the same with a SWB and an upright.

I was riding my Longbikes Slipstream when I hit a manhole cover going around a bend, don't know how I saved it, I got lucky I guess.
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i did the same thing on my Bike E the other day, it was the weirdest feeling. i'm not sure if i want to put some weight on the front tire to solve the problem. i really haven't taken the time to think much about it. let me know if anyone comes up with a solution...

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i did the same thing on my Bike E the other day, it was the weirdest feeling. i'm not sure if i want to put some weight on the front tire to solve the problem. i really haven't taken the time to think much about it. let me know if anyone comes up with a solution...

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I would check:
tire pressure (high pressure cuts deep, low pressure floats over)
tread
and position

i'm not real sure about slow but going through sand pits fast you should scoutch back on the saddle in an almost downhill position with feet parallel to the ground. You want the as much weight over the back tire as possible. This way the rear has traction and cuts down to the ground and the front will "float" over the sand and act like a rudder.

Thick deep knobbies are best for sand with a wide tire like a 2.1 or so (2.1 panaracer fire xc pro's are great of the area)
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I would check:
tire pressure (high pressure cuts deep, low pressure floats over)
tread
and position

i'm not real sure about slow but going through sand pits fast you should scoutch back on the saddle in an almost downhill position with feet parallel to the ground. You want the as much weight over the back tire as possible. This way the rear has traction and cuts down to the ground and the front will "float" over the sand and act like a rudder.

Thick deep knobbies are best for sand with a wide tire like a 2.1 or so (2.1 panaracer fire xc pro's are great of the area)
OOPS SORRY i just saw this post on the "new" board and didnt realize it was in the recumbent section. I think tire pressure and tread would still apply
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