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Recovering from Speed Wobbles

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel Dec 15, 2013. 8 Replies

I used to belt down Sydney Road to Manly but I began to get the dreaded speed wobbles - frightened the crap out of me. Tried clamping my knees to the top tube - made it worse. Light hands on the bars…Continue

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30 kph Side Road Speed Limit

Started this discussion. Last reply by Donald Rintoule Feb 10, 2011. 43 Replies

"Councils up and down the UK are beginning to come round to the idea of 20mph (30kph) speed limits on city and residential streets, but there still remains some resistance to the idea." There is a…Continue

Headlights for Commuting

Started this discussion. Last reply by Snowy_5 Nov 23, 2013. 66 Replies

I had a NiteRider MiNewt_X2 that worked very well for commuting. However, the cable from the headlight to the battery fatigued at the battery end (fixed with a home made solder job) and recently the…Continue

 

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Margo commented on Donald Rintoule's blog post Recovery from Speed Wobbles - some ideas
"I had a 'wobble' problem on a bicycle I bought second hand, history unknown. I used to notice it at about 35km/hr on hills as small as the Anzac Bridge. ( I know it's not actually a hill). I took the bike to the wonderful mechanic at…"
Mar 23
Donald Rintoule replied to Ben's discussion No Ringing!
"Rangers inventing by-laws? Yes they certainly do invent them. Manly Council ranger declared locking my bicycle to the end of a bench or to a pole was obstruction and she would confiscate my bicycle if I did. I later checked with Manly Council - no…"
Mar 6
Donald Rintoule replied to Mark Lambert's discussion [ABC] Woman fights for right to drive despite causing two fatal accidents at the same corner
"How can such a proven "dangerous driver" ever expect to have a licence again?  I trust the judge will make the sensible decision. I know Mannum. Its a small place and if she drives without a licence it will become known and she will…"
Mar 6
Donald Rintoule replied to Yaffa Gould's discussion Rail Trails for NSW
"NSW landowners don't want the "riff raff" using these trails. NSW landowners have always had tremendous sway over NSW governments of any persuation. They say follow the money. May have something to do with party funding or the threat…"
Mar 6
Donald Rintoule replied to Maria Demasi's discussion Choosing my first road bike, any help? Please?
"Kryptonite are one of the best lock brands particularly their "New York MC U-lock model.  A lighter just as tough u-lock is the Abus Granit X Plus 54 D-lock which I prefer. I would rely on either of these as a deterent as both defeat…"
Dec 28, 2013
Donald Rintoule replied to Dabba's discussion Another cyclist killed by hit/run 27/12/13
"I take the view that the court will decide on the basis of the facts. While actually hitting the cyclist could have been caused by something as simple as an insect bite to the face, etc, etc, leaving the scene and not rendering assistance is a…"
Dec 28, 2013
Donald Rintoule replied to Bill Parker's discussion Sydney's Cycling Future - NSW State Government 20-year bike plan.
"With steadily increasing traffic volumes, congestion and carcinogenic air pollution, when will these half-wit politicians realise the need for cleaner and healthier transport options like cycling? When will these very disappointing…"
Dec 28, 2013
markysharky commented on Donald Rintoule's blog post Recovery from Speed Wobbles - some ideas
"Had the speed wobbles on a K Z1000 custom over 173KPH heading to Coomba many many years ago. Just could not press on.  After careful analysis, the back tyre was removed and seated perfectly. Problem sorted. Ran it to the limit on the…"
Dec 21, 2013
Half commented on Donald Rintoule's blog post Recovery from Speed Wobbles - some ideas
"Same thing happened to me a few times on my wilier road bike. I looked it all up, tried these very same strategies. The third time it happened, I just thought "enough". This is not fun, and the thought in the back of your head that you may…"
Dec 20, 2013
Donald Rintoule replied to Maria Demasi's discussion Choosing my first road bike, any help? Please?
"Female or male it is largely a matter of frame size, seat, bar drop and stem length. There are men with shorter torsos and longer legs and vis-a-vis. Humans are diverse making generalisations just that. I agree with a number of the other people in…"
Dec 18, 2013
Daniel replied to Donald Rintoule's discussion Recovering from Speed Wobbles
"Get aero - lowers your centre of gravity and spreads your weight out more evenly. Also don't look down, as has already been mentioned on these forums, look where you want to go and generally the bike will follow."
Dec 15, 2013
noelbike replied to Donald Rintoule's discussion Recovering from Speed Wobbles
"Can you work out the trail? If you are doing the light hands, staying low, and knees able to touch the top tube I'd say the trail may be too low. Perhaps also a big frame without enough stiffness around the BB. Or too little stiffness in the…"
Dec 15, 2013
Pooliothrvwganster1 replied to Donald Rintoule's discussion Recovering from Speed Wobbles
"I thought they were called death wobble is this the same , it freaks you out when it happens. "
Dec 15, 2013
Sir robflyte replied to Donald Rintoule's discussion Recovering from Speed Wobbles
"Happens to me frequently, almost got thrown on a 600 ride a few months ago. Clamping my knees to the top tube instantly stopped it and saved me from losing a lot of skin. The knee clamp thing stops it for me everytime on the two bikes i experience…"
Dec 15, 2013
Jason B replied to Donald Rintoule's discussion Recovering from Speed Wobbles
"Putting your hand on the outside of the steerer tube is usually effective at killing speed wobbles, but there is the obvious issue that you may not be able to safely let go with 1 hand. I used to get a different sort of these on motorcycles…"
Dec 14, 2013
Jon replied to Donald Rintoule's discussion Recovering from Speed Wobbles
"As explained in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mechanical_resonance Resonance frequency is related to stiffness divided by mass. So in a real work complex situation like a bike, it would seem that moving your mass, probably changes the…"
Dec 14, 2013

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What sort of riding do you do ?
Commuting, Road Cycling, Mountain Biking, Recreational, Touring
Where in Sydney do you live ?
Manly
Tell us about your bikes
Surly LHT, Trek 2.1 Pilot, Trek Liquid
About Me:
Like cycling, outdoors, rugby, history, reading, music, red wine and good food

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Recovery from Speed Wobbles - some ideas

Posted on December 14, 2013 at 12:51pm 3 Comments

I used to belt down Sydney Road to Manly but I began to get the dreaded speed wobbles - frightened the crap out of me. Tried clamping my knees to the top tube - made it worse. Light hands on the bars - who writes this crap, the wobbles were so bad you simply hung on for dear life. Who else has had this problem and what did they do…

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Week on the Clare Valley Reisling Trail

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 1:30pm 3 Comments

My better half and I just spent a week tandem riding on the Clare Valley Riesling Trail about 110kms north of Adelaide South Australia

We began by basing ourselves at the Rising Sun Hotel at Auburn. Lovely old historic hotel clean and comfortable run by a wonderful family and staff providing excellent company, food and wine.

Rising Sun Hotel Auburn

We spent the first day exploring Auburn. A beautiful old town with many…

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Who fits S+S or Ritchey Breakaway couplings to a Surly LHT

Posted on February 18, 2012 at 1:54pm 4 Comments

Is there a frame builder in Sydney who would fit S+S or Ritchey Breakaway couplings to a Surly LHT? Which is the better coupling for touring?

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