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Skipping WheelFender
May 6, 2002 4:40 PM
last saturday while doing the Barrio Logan crit in S.D. i noticed that during while sprinting my rear wheel skipped. I'm not sure if it was actually lifting from the ground or just flexing. Could it have been a small bump in the road that caused it or was it sloppy sprinting habits? I use Mavic Cosmic wheels.
Me tooduckstrap
May 6, 2002 5:49 PM
That happens to me too (no bump in the road though). In my case, I suspect sloppy habits, i.e. either leaning too far over the handlebars, or using too big a gear to spin out. I'll be curious to hear others' thoughts.
re: Skipping Wheelbrider
May 7, 2002 8:53 AM
There are two possibilities that come to mind:
1) you're too far forward on the bike. That causes you to unweight the rear wheel and allow it to slip. You need to keep your weight balanced over the BB for traction and to apply max pressure to the pedals. To help with this, keep thinking "light hands". Don't go for a death grip on the bars. David Phinney used to use a loose hand that would actually move on the bars (he did this mostly when climbing to keep the upper body loose).
2) you're pulling up too hard on the pedal upstroke. Pulling up isn't a bad thing, as it can really aid the "jump" from a slower speed, but it need to be tenpered to keep the rear wheel down.