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Why does my bike feel rickety and unstable?

Old 12-22-06, 01:35 PM
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cuz it is a POS OCR2 triple with tiagra components.

Get a real bike
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Old 12-22-06, 01:43 PM
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Well, with any luck i'll be able to upgrade sometime in the spring. I would love just about anything with at least 105 and a double. Also, ouch my feelings.
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Old 12-22-06, 01:53 PM
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these might help:
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Originally Posted by Modest Proposal
Well, with any luck i'll be able to upgrade sometime in the spring. I would love just about anything with at least 105 and a double. Also, ouch my feelings.
Haha, don't worry about him. The components on your bike in no way affect wobbliness.
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Old 12-22-06, 02:47 PM
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Haha, don't worry about him. The components on your bike in no way affect wobbliness.
+1 - Enjoy what you have.
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Originally Posted by Modest Proposal
Thanks for all of the helpful suggestions. To be totally honest between finals week, holiday shopping, and bad weather I haven't been on my bike as much as I should have. However, I still feel like a tune up from the shop could make a difference. Also, as a side note, hiromian you know nothing of my vices.

True, I know nothing of your vices, clamps and weights. Cheers to your addictions just the same
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Originally Posted by jbrians
I even hate to mention something this simple...Have you checked your front QR for tightness? It may be fine on smooth roads but when you are really cranking the wheel could be rocking in the drop outs (blessed are lawyer lips)
Beat me to it. check the rear also. OP there are a lot of things that could "cause" your description including the rider. Take your bike to a good LBS and explain the problem. It should not be real expensive and you might be surprised that they may identify something minor.
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