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Balance question(5 posts)

Balance questionDonger
Jan 15, 2003 1:16 PM
With the crankarm, chainrings, front and left derailleurs and chain all on one side of the bike, one would think the bike is "heavier" on that side. So how are we able to ride, hands on bars or no hand, without seemingly leaning a little to the left to compensate? And yes, work is a bit slow right now...
re: Balance questionMike-Wisc
Jan 15, 2003 1:27 PM
Everything is so close to the centerline that it becomes a near-non-issue, but in reality we probably do lean a little to the left to compensate. But due to corners and wind and where your last burrito is during processing it becomes a moot point. For someone who's really concerned about critical balance I'd suggest arranging your toolpack with the heavier stuff on the left, and also mount your cyclo-computer on the left side of the handlebars. For me I just mount a mirror on the left handlebar and the bike tracks just fine. ;)
re: Balance questionjkalla
Jan 15, 2003 1:29 PM
First of all it is a small amount of weight and low compared to your center of gravity so it would not require much compensation but what makes you think that you don't leam somewhat to compensate for it?

Actually it is the gyroscopic inertia of the spinning wheels that keep you upright.
Did you post the giro thing just to troll? (nm)53T
Jan 16, 2003 10:15 AM
Like everyone else said, it's not enough to notice...joekm
Jan 15, 2003 6:53 PM
A lot of machines out there are non-symmetrical. You should watch somebody rig a helicopter one time. It almost enough to make you never want to get in one of those things. ;)