Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Iowa City, IA
Bikes: Burley Rumba Softride, Trek 1000, Vision R-40
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Handling problems at higher speed?
I'm wondering if it's my imagination or if I had a bit of handling problems yesterday at around 37 mph.
The bike: '98 Burley Rumba Softride, Conti UltraGatorskin 28s, inflated to 120 lbs.
The team: 190 lb captain, 145 lb stoker
The road: Chipseal, hilly, 88 degrees and sunny, no wind
What happened was that we were heading down a hill and when we got close to our top speed of 37 mph, I felt that the front wheel was floating just a little bit. I kept the front wheel straight and when we slowed down as the hill leveled off, the floating feel went away.
I've had the bike up to this speed before, even a bit higher (I keep promising myself that I'll watch the speed, though!), and haven't noticed this happening. Was it the pavement? The tire? The heat? My active imagination?