Hot!Fork rake on a Giro

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2019/01/19 16:12:08 (permalink)

Fork rake on a Giro

I have ridden many 1000s of miles with a standard geometry bike and just got this Giro so I am still getting comfortable with balance and such. The steering seems to be twitchy especially at 20mph. I need to be careful not to let go of one side of the handle bar while hanging on the other side. I think this is because I am pulling back on the handle bar with just the weight of my arms. Standard geometry, I am pushing down toward the wheel so taking one hand off doesn't create a turning force. I wonder if increasing the rake of the front fork would make it more stable?
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    bentcyclist
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    Re: Fork rake on a Giro 2019/01/19 16:29:03 (permalink)
    No, it won’t help. The best I can suggest is to ride with a light hold of the handle bars and don’t pull on them. These bikes are going to feel different from std bikes until you get use to them. The front will feel twitchy because of the light weight load on the front wheel. Relax and just ride. Over time, the bike will feel perfectly normal. I ride faster and carve turns faster than I ever did on a road bike.
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    Re: Fork rake on a Giro 2019/01/19 17:05:23 (permalink)
    bentcyclist
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    The front will feel twitchy because of the light weight load on the front wheel.
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    Also, since your body is anchored on the seat, you cannot use it for balance as on a diamond frame bike and therefore will need to use more steering to achieve balance which gives the impression of twitchiness. As bentcyclist said, the twitchiness will disappear the more you ride it.



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    henryspl
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    Re: Fork rake on a Giro 2019/01/19 19:31:15 (permalink)
    I'll keep practicing. Just managed to go from a standing start. Up till now I got going Fred Flintstone style. Going for a short ride tomorrow before a storm comes...
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    Re: Fork rake on a Giro 2019/02/19 11:19:02 (permalink)
    After about 200 miles, I remember thinking to myself, "This feels really natural". It was a bit surprising. The first time that I tried to get going on a borrowed Giro, I didn't go 100 feet. I put about 40 miles on it in the next 2 days and didn't want to get off, in spite of the fact that I was quite tense due to how twitchy it was. Once you learn to relax it doesn't feel so twitchy. I still tend to veer right or left when taking in the view to one side or the other, though.

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