New to Trike...steering question

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MikeDaBike
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New to Trike...steering question

Postby MikeDaBike » 15 Sep 2018, 8:07pm

Hi all just done my first 1.5 mile spin on a KMX Cobra.

Loved it and averaged about 10mph which given I was getting used to the trike and the bar end shifters I am happy enough with.

One question ... I seem to veer slightly as I pedal...is this likely to be gripping the steering too tightly, lack of smooth pedalling or is it just a case of getting used to the trike?

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Re: New to Trike...steering question

Postby Cunobelin » 15 Sep 2018, 8:54pm

MikeDaBike wrote:Hi all just done my first 1.5 mile spin on a KMX Cobra.

Loved it and averaged about 10mph which given I was getting used to the trike and the bar end shifters I am happy enough with.

One question ... I seem to veer slightly as I pedal...is this likely to be gripping the steering too tightly, lack of smooth pedalling or is it just a case of getting used to the trike?

Thanks
MDB
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Caused by two things:

Body movement
Flex of the frame as you apply pressure to the pedals

Google "Pedal Steer" and there is a lot of advice and explanations

As you become more experienced it subsides, although with some machines it will always be present to a small extent

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Re: New to Trike...steering question

Postby OldBloke » 16 Sep 2018, 1:09am

Pedal steer is something you will get used to. I found that over time I was making subtle adjustments to the pressure on my handle bars to compensate.

Training yourself to pedal in circles also helps.

OB

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Re: New to Trike...steering question

Postby Tigerbiten » 17 Sep 2018, 6:36pm

Trikes don't turn the way you'd expect when you shift your weight on one.
If you lean left then the trike will try and turn right and vice-versa.
So if you rock when you pedal then the trike will try to snake out from under you.
Also if your arms aren't relaxed any movement in your shoulders will just magnify the snake.

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Re: New to Trike...steering question

Postby MikeDaBike » 17 Sep 2018, 7:11pm

Thanks all very helpful

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