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    Funny bike handling

    I'm going to buy an old 80s TT bike SS conversion with a 700c rear and 24" front wheel. How do these bikes tend to handle? I have heard from some people that they are really only good for riding in close to a straight line, but I have heard from others that they are actually very twitchy and sensitive. I'm sure it probably depends on the model, but what is it generally like?
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    at low speeds it's quick and sensitive to direction change (so i guess what some may call "twitchy") but at higher speeds it's very stable in a straight line. I found it to be very nice for dodging crowds of pedestrians on campus. they have a very positive acceleration feel too. the only think i didn't care too much for is the big drop. I guess i could have raised the stem or run risers, but I didn't like how it looked and i'm a poser fashion *****.

    very fun bikes though. I just had too many and ended up selling it. slightly regret that, but it's freed up time and space for my other bikes

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    thank you very much! that is just what i needed to know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LupinIII View Post
    at low speeds it's quick and sensitive to direction change (so i guess what some may call "twitchy") but at higher speeds it's very stable in a straight line. I found it to be very nice for dodging crowds of pedestrians on campus. they have a very positive acceleration feel too. the only think i didn't care too much for is the big drop. I guess i could have raised the stem or run risers, but I didn't like how it looked and i'm a poser fashion *****.

    very fun bikes though. I just had too many and ended up selling it. slightly regret that, but it's freed up time and space for my other bikes
    is that because of the wheel size? a steep head tube and low rake, which it likely has, will do the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adriano View Post
    is that because of the wheel size? a steep head tube and low rake, which it likely has, will do the same.
    more rake would make the bike less stable, a zero rake fork would make a steep head tube'd bike about as stable as it's going to get.
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    they handle funny.
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    well I bought it! should be here in about a week. Thanks for the info. one thing I'm kind of curious about is how it handles climbing and descending hills. I know funny bikes were not really designed for this, but does anyone have experience doing this? do they start to get wobbly and scary at high speeds?

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    i think you'll find out soon enough if yours acts that way.

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    ha ha yeah thats true i was just curious because at first i was wondering if I should get one or not, but then i found one for 275 on ebay so i just went for it.

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