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whitekimchee 10-27-09 01:09 PM

Why do I always feel crooked when riding? please help
 
Lately I feel like the front of my bike is always leaning to the left no matter how precisely I align my stem with my front wheel. I'm not sure what's causing this. It might just be a matter of genetics (one arm being slightly longer than the other) or maybe my fork is bent? I really don't know what it is. I play around with adjusting the stem but it still feels crooked when I ride. I know it's not that serious but little things like this irk me. Any ideas as to why this occurs?

bones_mcbones 10-27-09 01:13 PM

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jpdesjar 10-27-09 01:14 PM

HA!
thanks for that...I laughed pretty hard

whitekimchee 10-27-09 01:15 PM

okok but seriously help me out

Roy G. Biv 10-27-09 01:17 PM

Your fork might be bent.

bones_mcbones 10-27-09 01:18 PM


Originally Posted by whitekimchee (Post 9935296)
Lately I feel like the front of my bike is always leaning to the left no matter how precisely I align my stem with my front wheel. I'm not sure what's causing this. It might just be a matter of genetics (one arm being slightly longer than the other) or maybe my fork is bent? I really don't know what it is. I play around with adjusting the stem but it still feels crooked when I ride. I know it's not that serious but little things like this irk me. Any ideas as to why this occurs?

do you feel your bike is leaning to the left or turning to the left? A misaligned stem/fork would cause turning.

maybe if your bar is not centered on the stem that may cause a unbalance and a leaning on the front end.

dsh 10-27-09 01:19 PM

Or maybe your seat is crooked.

whitekimchee 10-27-09 01:22 PM


do you feel your bike is leaning to the left or turning to the left?
leaning


Or maybe your seat is crooked
Definetly not, I check the alignment of my seat everyday

elTwitcho 10-27-09 01:29 PM

Also worth checking the alignment of your rear wheel

Yo! 10-27-09 01:34 PM

This may in fact be an illusion, similar to eyeballing a chainline etc.

I feel like my commuter leans to the right a bit; one can sit there and look for problems all day long, but in reality it's probably the way your body is positioned, the particular point of rotation your crank is at, and the grade of the surface you're riding on.

Remember that a 20lb steel frame flexes a lot; if all of your weight is positioned on one side of the bike, of course it's going to lean in that direction.

whitekimchee 10-27-09 01:41 PM


checking the alignment of your rear wheel
I also check that every night.


This may in fact be an illusion
May be true. But something's def up when you see it and feel it leaning.

bones_mcbones 10-27-09 01:53 PM


Originally Posted by whitekimchee (Post 9935372)
leaning


Did you check to see if your handle bars are centered?

wheeldeal 10-27-09 01:55 PM

What bike is this?

tmh657 10-27-09 01:58 PM

Have your frame alignment checked. Seat stays might be bent.

jpdesjar 10-27-09 02:01 PM

You did mention different arm lengths before.

danarnold 10-27-09 02:01 PM

"Why do I always feel crooked when riding?"

Do you work for a Republican?

whitekimchee 10-27-09 02:15 PM


Did you check to see if your handle bars are centered?
centered


What bike is this?
Bianchi Pista 08


You did mention different arm lengths before
Everyone has disproportionate body parts and the diff in my arm is minuscule if there's a diff in length at all. I would like to think it's the bike that's off

riot2003 10-27-09 02:17 PM

Have one of your friends hop on the bike, see if its you or the bike.

Yo! 10-27-09 02:23 PM

I think it was the Tommasso Augusta that had the chainstay/seatstay centering issues.

mihlbach 10-27-09 02:39 PM


Originally Posted by Yo! (Post 9935449)
This may in fact be an illusion.

Bingo!
http://stupidcelebrities.net/wp-cont...erfieldgif.jpg

wheeldeal 10-27-09 02:44 PM

Trade bikes with a buddy or two. If their bikes are leaning to the left too, maybe it's you. I'm in Brooklyn often, I'll be willing to trade bikes and do a lap with you in Prospect Park.

the_don 10-27-09 06:02 PM

Yeah, I bet you roll up with a Wallmart bike, swap bikes and disappear off into the proverbial sunset.

jpdesjar 10-27-09 06:31 PM

V8 should fix things

wheeldeal 10-27-09 09:50 PM


Originally Posted by the_don (Post 9937082)
Yeah, I bet you roll up with a Wallmart bike, swap bikes and disappear off into the proverbial sunset.

HAHAHA. I thought about that.....but I have XT & XTR on my bike. It's worth a little more than an average SS/FG bike.

spcialzdspksman 10-27-09 10:51 PM


Originally Posted by danarnold (Post 9935622)
"Why do I always feel crooked when riding?"

Do you work for a Republican?

Haha, WIN!


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