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I got the wobbles, HELP!(4 posts)

I got the wobbles, HELP!Caadrider
Aug 15, 2003 5:36 PM
I get the wobbles on decents. I ride a caad5, Its the best bike ive had yet. Its not the bike as this has been going on for some years and some bikes. The bike is fine. But the wobble comes from a Tremor that I have. Its called an Benign Fimial Tremor(I think). Its very slight but causes me problems on the bike. I was thinking of getting a custom frame made with longer chainstays and shallower headtude angle. Does anybody think this will help? Who can make me such a thing, but it must look good. Ive got 10spd DA on the way.Help!!!!!!
have you read anything about avoiding them...Frith
Aug 16, 2003 9:59 AM
not sure if you've tried to get rid of them using any of the following techniques...
1. lighten up on your grip. Hold the bars just firmly enough that they don't bounce around.
2.balance your weight entirely on your pedals...that means you have to find the position that will allow you to not lean forward or back.
3.smooth breaking. ease on the brakes.
4. someone suggested once that if you put one of your pedals in the 6 o'clock position like you were going to make a turn that it would stop the wobbles. Reasoning is that you would never wobble when you were turning.
this helped for me but with your condition I don't know if it would. Worth a try though...I know wobbles are some scary sh*t!
re: I got the wobbles, HELP!GregJ
Aug 16, 2003 12:36 PM
You probably already know this, but in case you don't, you can clamp the top tube between your knees and this will most likely dampen the shimmy. Of course this works for freewheeling descents only.
Any custom builder should be able to discuss the frame geometry ideas with you and let you know if it would be worth a try.
re: I got the wobbles, HELP!gabaguy
Aug 16, 2003 6:06 PM
Happens to me as well. Can also happen when the rider is shivering. I tried to clamp the top tube between my knees but that did not help as much as putting my feet in the 12 and 6 oclock position and weighting the down foot slightly.