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Steering when starting

Postby lukehall » 15 Apr 2015, 2:06pm

I'm finding that when I start off I steer away from whichever foot is on the pedal, do any of you find this too? Any tips for trying to minimise this?

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Re: Steering when starting

Postby [XAP]Bob » 15 Apr 2015, 2:11pm

On which vehicle?
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Re: Steering when starting

Postby [XAP]Bob » 15 Apr 2015, 2:15pm

I presume the new beauty...

I'm not sure which way I steer as I set off, but I think I'm getting better at compensating. I find it gets interesting when in a smaller sprocket at the rear, because that gives the most steering effect from pedalling.

I do find I steer away from the indicating arm though...
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Re: Steering when starting

Postby lukehall » 15 Apr 2015, 2:28pm

Yep, that one.

Are you finding that you do that on the raptobike or others too? Looking at it I would expect the rapto to always pull a bit to the left on starting due to a slight steering input from the chain.

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Re: Steering when starting

Postby [XAP]Bob » 15 Apr 2015, 2:30pm

Only have the rapto as a fwd - so can't compare, but on a lower 'rear' sprocket the steering input is negligible. Even did some hands free gliding around the car park this morning (not hands to side, but off the bars)
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Re: Steering when starting

Postby [XAP]Bob » 15 Apr 2015, 5:41pm

Concentrated on two starts today, one went each way
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Re: Steering when starting

Postby lukehall » 16 Apr 2015, 11:22am

This is the sort of stage I'm at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXBspvkOPA8

If I attempt it on the road I preform a lot worse and vissibly shake due to nerves.

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Re: Steering when starting

Postby cookie32 » 16 Apr 2015, 8:39pm

looking at the video I'd say downshift to a lower gear, and a bit of time. A lot of the unsteadiness has to do with comfort and a bit of core strength in my opinion.
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Re: Steering when starting

Postby hercule » 17 Apr 2015, 9:26am

One of the advantages of the SRAM Dual Drive and 3x7 is that you can easily get into a low gear if you have an unscheduled stop that leaves you in high gear. I had one on my PDQ and it proved its worth. I have seriously thought of fitting one to my Fuego (and giving myself 81 gears!).

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Re: Steering when starting

Postby squeaker » 17 Apr 2015, 9:59am

cookie32 wrote:looking at the video I'd say downshift to a lower gear
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Re: Steering when starting

Postby lukehall » 17 Apr 2015, 10:31am

Cheers, I'll give that a go

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Re: Steering when starting

Postby [XAP]Bob » 17 Apr 2015, 10:35am

The look is that you're having to push so hard you are pulling on the steering, so the lower gear should allow you to be more relaxed in the rest of your body - I think...
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Re: Steering when starting

Postby pjclinch » 17 Apr 2015, 12:55pm

Pulling on the bars is a hard habit to get out of. Try a very gentle push with just a fingertip grip as a way of stopping you switching to auto-pilot and heaving.

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Re: Steering when starting

Postby teamonster » 19 Apr 2015, 10:26am

I had the same problem when I first rode my ICE B2 last year, when the bike seemed to deliberately take the opposite to intended direction when moving off. Having just got a Bachetta Giro am suffering with it again, but nowhere near the same extent. I'd echo much of what has been said, not too high agear, light touch on the handlebars,but most importantly relax, I found I was worst when I had cars behind or onlookers. It will get better, after a few months I found it totally effortless, just don't over think it !

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Re: Steering when starting

Postby Cunobelin » 19 Apr 2015, 10:48am

hercule wrote:One of the advantages of the SRAM Dual Drive and 3x7 is that you can easily get into a low gear if you have an unscheduled stop that leaves you in high gear. I had one on my PDQ and it proved its worth. I have seriously thought of fitting one to my Fuego (and giving myself 81 gears!).


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