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Old 05-26-12, 05:47 PM
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Bike tipping over when loaded

I have a problem. When I have my bike loaded it gets a bit easy to tip over. I have a two legged kickstand and that helps but the problem seems to come when the handlebars turn one way or the other and throws off the weight. Does anybody know of way to "lock" the handel bars from turning?
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Originally Posted by zirger726 View Post
I have a problem. When I have my bike loaded it gets a bit easy to tip over. I have a two legged kickstand and that helps but the problem seems to come when the handlebars turn one way or the other and throws off the weight. Does anybody know of way to "lock" the handel bars from turning?
What kind of bike? and do you have a stabilizer on the front end?
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My bikes never fall over because I don't have kickstands, unless my beater bikes have one welded on already. Everyone I ride with that has a kick stand, has the bike fall over frequently. Lean it against something solid. One can lie it chain side up on the grass. One can keep the front wheel almost straight with a toe clip strap. With practice you don't need that either. That will also cause problems. Practice practice practice. Doesn't matter what the load is either. I have a lot of bikes they don't fall over. The bikes that have panniers are even easier to lean against something.
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Its old Giant Iguana, no front stabilizer. I have front and rear old man mountain racks on it with fold up grocery panniers. I use it for shopping and bad weather commuting.
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http://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...tabilizer.html

You could use one of these, or a strap around the front wheel and top tube
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http://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...tabilizer.html

You could use one of these, or a strap around the front wheel and top tube
I installed one of these stabilizers on my Worksman cruiser helping with front wheel wobble quite a bit. Will it help with loads falling over?? Nope.
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Also, there's these guys if you have a 1" threaded headset

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vg0_meTSJI
http://www.amazon.com/Shimano-HP-NX1.../dp/B003DHCLLI
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Huh, I'd never heard of those before. I've got one of the V-O things and it's ok, but I wouldn't count on it stopping a tip. Slowing it down maybe so I have time to catch it, but the spring won't stop the flop of an unbalanced load. I've actually found I have more handlebar flop induced tipping since I've gotten a 2 legged mount that keeps the front tire off the ground. I've since gone back to a rear stay mounted single legged greenfield stabilizer where the friction with the ground slows the flop while loading the groceries and the only tips are when I'm not even while loading my rear folding baskets.
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I made this and it works ok:
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I made this and it works ok:
Yeah, totally DIY-able.

with a front load, a stabilizer will only slow down the flop, but with a rear load, I find they will hold the wheel straight enough.
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