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front wheel coming off the ground(7 posts)

front wheel coming off the groundcyclinseth
May 2, 2002 9:01 AM
when I'm sprinting and down in my drops I feel the front wheel lift off the ground for a split second or two. I think I also feel the rear wheel coming off the ground too. Anybody else out there experience this?
It's probably from your pedaling...eschelon
May 2, 2002 9:11 AM
Sounds just like when someone really pulls the throttle on a sport bike. In your case, your hard pedaling. Either your pedaling is eratic and doesn't move in smooth circles or there is something loose mechanically on your bike.
re: front wheel coming off the groundmixinbeatz
May 2, 2002 9:21 AM
In order to sprint well you need to pedal smoothly and be properly balanced on your bike. Simply, you need to put more weight on your front end to keep the bike stable while sprinting. I had the opposite problem with my back wheel periodically coming off the ground for a sec or two when racing. Practicing my position and weight distribution fixed the problem.
You need a heavier wheelset! nmUncle Tim
May 2, 2002 10:35 AM
You need to move your body forwardPack Meat
May 2, 2002 11:09 AM
when sprinting. It is not because of torque it's because you're pulling up on the bars without the right weight distribution. When you sprint your nipples should basically be even with the top of your handlebars.
And pull backwardbigdave
May 2, 2002 11:49 AM
I felt the same sensation with the front wheel when I sprinted... it seems I was pulling up too hard with each downstroke. I did some form sprint work with a very good sprinter, and he had me focus more on pulling back on the bar instead of up. That reduced that tendency to "pop wheelies." (I used to do tons of them... it was kind of like the front was doing a staccato tap on the ground when I was at full tilt).

I also think that as a consequence of pulling back, my body position also moved a bit forward, which helped in reducing the wheel hop.

Hope it helps,

--Dave
both wheels, maybe you can fly (nm)salmonwheel
May 2, 2002 1:15 PM