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by kenem
14 Feb 2011, 7:10am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is "road buzz"
Replies: 32
Views: 2743

Re: What is "road buzz"

The most important aspect of vibration damping, by far, is tyre choice and pressure. I'd add to that rim choice. Too wide for your preffered tyre and the ride is definately harsher. Tyres that also roll better are probably more compliant > less likely to transmit that road buzz. I would single out ...
by kenem
13 Feb 2011, 10:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Riding No-Handed
Replies: 10
Views: 610

Re: Riding No-Handed

kenem If Harrogate is accessible to you, you are very welcome to try my bike, or Spa's tourers to the same design. Close enough to give you a good idea how your modified bike will handle. That's really kind of you, thanks, but I'm sad to say that I can't take you up on your offer. It almost worked ...
by kenem
13 Feb 2011, 7:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Riding No-Handed
Replies: 10
Views: 610

Re: Riding No-Handed

You are absolutely right, a touring bike is set up with more stable steering to cope with loads and poor surfaces. This means that riding no-hands, you have to lean much further in order to make the bike self-steer. My personal preference for a tourer is 71deg head with 54mm offset, giving about 63...
by kenem
13 Feb 2011, 7:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is "road buzz"
Replies: 32
Views: 2743

Re: What is "road buzz"

The most important aspect of vibration damping, by far, is tyre choice and pressure. The rest; frame/fork design, material, wheels etc. have much less influence. A wider tyre, of good quality and with compliant sidewalls, inflated to the recommended pressure will always reduce vibration, compared wi...
by kenem
13 Feb 2011, 6:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Riding No-Handed
Replies: 10
Views: 610

Re: Riding No-Handed

...and I thought I'd just lost my bottle with the passing years. That'll be why then. My current bike's the wrong geometry! ..... and that's exactly what I thought! I'd had a lay-off because of health issues, so I thought I'd just lost my touch. But I can still do it on other bikes, see if you can ...
by kenem
13 Feb 2011, 6:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Riding No-Handed
Replies: 10
Views: 610

Re: Riding No-Handed

You are absolutely right, a touring bike is set up with more stable steering to cope with loads and poor surfaces. This means that riding no-hands, you have to lean much further in order to make the bike self-steer. My personal preference for a tourer is 71deg head with 54mm offset, giving about 63...
by kenem
13 Feb 2011, 4:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Riding No-Handed
Replies: 10
Views: 610

Riding No-Handed

I'm new to the forum, so forgive me if this topic has been discussed before. I've never had a problem riding 'hands-off', to put a cape on for example, until now. My past bikes were all race geometry, so I guess they had head angles of around 73 degrees and a fork rake of 40-45mm, giving a trail of ...