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Losting Control - Normal?

Old 07-13-05, 07:53 AM
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Losting Control - Normal?

So I'm coming down my normal route, something I've done for 1/2 of a year now. The route is a really curving climb. I climb it and then I get to go down it both of which are alot of fun.

Something I have noticed since switching to a Bianchi Eros from my Mongoose XR-100 is that lightest of winds seem to really effect me and in a negative way. Today I was coming down the hill, attempting to do my best considering its very old paved gravel so the whole bike is rattling to the bones and as I'm coming around the curve I start seeming to hit winds. It gets to the point such that I am literally pushed across 1 1/2 lanes. I am braking and about to cross over into oncoming traffic before being able to pull myself back into the shoulder (a lane 1/2 away). Now thankfully I did not have any traffic but I am wondering if this is normal? Do i just need to be really ultra-aware of wind and what it does to my new bike?

I've tried lowering myself to make myself smaller but last night it just did not seem to make much of a difference, and I know the wind was not that bad last night.
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Old 07-13-05, 08:32 AM
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Are you using deep aero rims?
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Old 07-13-05, 08:37 AM
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You might just be going too fast...drifting like that is usually a sign you aren't entering the corner under control.
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Bianchi Eros with Vittoria tires. They are kind of deep rips but not as deep as I've seen some rims, (whatever comes standard with the Eros i guess?).

Obviously I realized i was out of control. This was apparent as I shifted into the lane initially. My question is, is that normal under average windy conditions? And is there something else i could have done to ensure control aside from slowing down as slowing down did not help until i was nearly into oncoming traffic's lane and going very slow, obviously had there been oncoming traffic or traffic behind me, which there usually is The story may have had a different ending.

I understand people go downhill at 50-60 and my myself have recorded 37mph on my Mongoose so I am wondering what is up with it.
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You're most likely not leaning the bike enough into the curve. Perhaps you're being overly cautious. And with enough speed, I know you're countersteering without you even knowing.....
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Losing* control
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Old 07-13-05, 11:01 AM
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Crosswinds can do some crazy things when you're going that fast. Try steering slightly into the wind next time, get low, and keep your upper body tense incase you have to make a quick adjustment.
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Old 07-13-05, 05:42 PM
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I would be checking your headset adjustment. It needs to be precice for good handling and these new integrated headsets are a pain to get right. What's your frame size and geometry? This has an effect and what tire pressure do you run? Too low OR too high is detrimental to handling.

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i would say its you being unsure and careful because like you said its a paved gravel road..meaning loose stones right? i know i dont get that aggressive on any of my two wheeled vehicles on unsure terrain.
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is it a 2005 Eros? 'cause that's what i have. if it is, the bike does have somewhat deep V rims and bladed spokes. both can catch sidewinds pretty good... so that might be part of it.

other than that, yeah - check the headset, tyre pressures, etc.
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