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I know I'm TOTALLY crazy, but.......(10 posts)

I know I'm TOTALLY crazy, but.......TheJoker
Jul 14, 2003 2:37 AM
I got this front track wheel really cheap off eBay, yes it's 650c, and no it's doesn't have any brakes, and yes it has a track tyre on [a very expensive one at that]. I'm not worried about the braking, because where I ride there are few/no cars and I hardly brake all day, and never heavily. What does concern me is whether the track wheel is okay for road use. And also if the tyre is - I'm guessing it's not [Continental Olympic]. So if anyone knows if it is okay then please let me know, or if you live in the UK and want to swap 2 £100+ [each] track tyres for one decent 650c road tyre that would be sweet.

I'm not using it for racing, just for a bit of fun. Any abuse or comments [of any nature] are welcomed...

I can't comment on the wheel but...Akirasho
Jul 14, 2003 2:45 AM
... that pic makes me wanna lick your, ummmmmmm... frame.

Be the bike.
Front= 70% of your stopping powerfiltersweep
Jul 14, 2003 4:13 AM
And I'd hate to crash that bike...

How does it handle with the wrong size wheel?

And yes you ARE totally crazy- I can't imagine a disc front with any crosswind...
Front= 70% of your stopping powerTheJoker
Jul 14, 2003 4:38 AM
Yeah, I've heard that 70% thing. I haven't actually tried it yet because I've had to order a pump converter to fit in the disc wheel [not here yet], as you can see from the pic, the front is as flat as a pancake.

We'll have to see about the crosswinds, I wouldn't use it in heavy winds, it tends to be v. calm round here anyway. As I said it was really cheap, so it's just for a laugh really...unless it works well!
Front= 70% of your stopping powerfiltersweep
Jul 14, 2003 5:27 AM
and I just thought your carpet was very plush-

you know on a car when you slam on the brakes, the front end takes a dive? Basically, your weight loads the front and unloads the rear (the rear actually rises)- same principle on a bike.
Front= 70% of your stopping powerTheJoker
Jul 14, 2003 5:45 AM
aha, I see. So there is less friction with the ground on the rear wheel. But this must depend on the amount of braking, if you brake heavily enough [stoppie] there will be no braking on your rear, but a light brakage will probably be more even...?
Here is some stopping power for the Joker. :)cydswipe
Jul 14, 2003 6:00 AM
You dastardly devil!
You could maybe try a long reach front brake?Swat Dawg
Jul 14, 2003 6:55 AM
I'm not sure it would work, but maybe swing by a shop and see what could happen.
You could maybe try a long reach front brake?TheJoker
Jul 14, 2003 8:42 AM
i posted a thing on this a while back. even if it worked i'm not sure if the wheel would like being braked one - as it's not designed for it..worth a go though
I'm a bit concerned about handling...OffTheBack
Jul 15, 2003 3:33 AM
Using the 650 wheel on a frame designed for 700s will make the effective head angle steeper, and change the trail, which may make the bike handle strangely. Ride carefully.