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Bike handling problem(4 posts)

Bike handling problemxxl
Apr 14, 2002 4:34 AM
I have an old steel bike that's recently started "misbehaving." After many years of service, the bike rides well, but it's almost impossible to ride the thing "no hands"; it wants to dive all over the road. It doesn't careen to either side, particularly, it just won't hold a line unless you hold the bars. It descends fine, no wobble. I really like the ride of this bike, except for this problem, but it's hard to give your back a rest on the bike during the long rides.

I've checked the headset, the wheels, the tires, the alignment of the dropouts, and the alignment of the frame, and I can't nail the problem down. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.
re: headset would be my first guesscyclopathic
Apr 14, 2002 5:17 AM
loose or indexed headset would do it. Check it again and try to repack with fresh grease. It may be as simple as old grease dried out
re: headset would be my first guessxxl
Apr 14, 2002 5:53 AM
Yes, this is the first thing I checked, too; several times. I'm about to consider demonic possession as a possible cause.
Wheels true and properly dished?Kerry
Apr 14, 2002 3:46 PM
If your wheels are out of true, improperly dished (yes, front wheels can be dished by accident), or not properly seated in the frame, this could be the cause. To check for dish, flip the wheels in the frame. They should center just the same regardless of which way they are put in the frame.