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Why do I always feel crooked when riding? please help

Old 10-27-09, 01:09 PM
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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?
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okok but seriously help me out
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Old 10-27-09, 01:17 PM
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Your fork might be bent.
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Originally Posted by whitekimchee View Post
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.
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Or maybe your seat is crooked.
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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
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Also worth checking the alignment of your rear wheel
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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.
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Old 10-27-09, 01:41 PM
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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.
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Originally Posted by whitekimchee View Post
leaning

Did you check to see if your handle bars are centered?
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What bike is this?
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Have your frame alignment checked. Seat stays might be bent.
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You did mention different arm lengths before.
 
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"Why do I always feel crooked when riding?"

Do you work for a Republican?
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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
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Have one of your friends hop on the bike, see if its you or the bike.
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I think it was the Tommasso Augusta that had the chainstay/seatstay centering issues.
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This may in fact be an illusion.
Bingo!
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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.
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Yeah, I bet you roll up with a Wallmart bike, swap bikes and disappear off into the proverbial sunset.
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V8 should fix things
 
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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.
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Originally Posted by danarnold View Post
"Why do I always feel crooked when riding?"

Do you work for a Republican?
Haha, WIN!
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