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Old 08-02-15, 04:02 PM
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Wobbly racer . . . .

Bought it 5 years ago, never any bother. It`s just a road bike really, but looks the part and has racing steering geometry. Now, I never knew about this, not that I was interested. I wasn`t, the thing runs well in a straight line, and corners great at speed.

But you come to a junction, wanting to turn right. Across the traffic in the UK. You slow down, and flick your head round to check stuff coming up behind you.

And you wobble! I have a thing about kerbs at the moment. If they`re not ripping my alloys to shreds (on the car) they`re gonna put me in Accident and Emergency. I blame my age really; a sojourn into the local pilates class had the instructor laughing out loud at my attempts to balance on one leg . . .

Because what I did 5 years ago I struggle to do now. I`m in the process of getting a mirror to facilitate this everyday manouvre relatively safely . . .But on my upright shopping bike, I don`t seem to have the same issues. It doesn`t wobble much at all.

Some of you older guys may like to comment . . .
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Old 08-02-15, 06:38 PM
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Since I'm not a Weeble, I do wobble and on occasion do fall down. Use of an eye glass mirror has helped but not 100%.
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Old 08-02-15, 07:41 PM
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I have three bikes, each of them with more or less racing geometry. All of them are very stable at speed and very twitchy when riding slowly. Twisting my stiff neck around to see what's behind me leads to wobbles, unless I'm going fairly fast -- then I just swerve.
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I don't wobble a great deal when coming to a stop or riding in slow traffic, but I must admit that I still find it very difficult to keep riding in a forward line when I look over my shoulder. I always veer to one side or the other depending on which shoulder I look over.
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Practice looking back without swerving the bike - I mean don't wait until you're in traffic and tight up against a curb, find a straight side empty open street and practice. You may find you need to let go of the handlebar with one hand.
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Originally Posted by peterws View Post
Bought it 5 years ago, never any bother. It`s just a road bike really, but looks the part and has racing steering geometry. Now, I never knew about this, not that I was interested. I wasn`t, the thing runs well in a straight line, and corners great at speed.

But you come to a junction, wanting to turn right. Across the traffic in the UK. You slow down, and flick your head round to check stuff coming up behind you.

And you wobble! I have a thing about kerbs at the moment. If they`re not ripping my alloys to shreds (on the car) they`re gonna put me in Accident and Emergency. I blame my age really; a sojourn into the local pilates class had the instructor laughing out loud at my attempts to balance on one leg . . .

Because what I did 5 years ago I struggle to do now. I`m in the process of getting a mirror to facilitate this everyday manouvre relatively safely . . .But on my upright shopping bike, I don`t seem to have the same issues. It doesn`t wobble much at all.

Some of you older guys may like to comment . . .
You already hit on it. You need to work on your core. Even more important as you age.

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Old 08-03-15, 07:01 AM
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I have this problem with bells on it.

There's a technique I'm working on that helps. As you're about to look (in the US here it would be over one's left shoulder) straighten your left arm and lock it solid at the elbow.

I think the wobble comes from soft arms flexing at the joint....lock the elbow and it seems to help a lot.
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The fact that you`re leaning forwards more on the racer may not help . . .
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