[CR]Re: Wheel flop

(Example: Framebuilders:Chris Pauley)

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Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2008 12:57:08 -0800
To: "Nor Meyer" <norbikes@gmail.com>, classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
From: "Jan Heine" <heine94@earthlink.net>
Subject: [CR]Re: Wheel flop

At 5:51 AM -0600 2/4/08, Nor Meyer wrote:
>That is what wheel flop is! (I doubt Jobst would have written something so
>plainly wrong.)
>Actually, you can easily steer a bike while walking with it by grabbing the
>saddle. As long as the front wheel is pointed fwd the bike will continue in
>that direction..... To change its direction you simply tilt the bike in that
>direction. At walking speed front wheel gyroscopic effects are not in play.
> Cheers, Nor in Iowa


While walking, you can. Try steering it while stopped... As somebody else recommended, Wilson's Bicycling Science is good reading. It covers wheel flop and much more. These things are well-documented and not worthy of disagreements.


Jan Heine
Bicycle Quarterly
140 Lakeside Ave #C
Seattle WA 98122