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2020/06/28 03:59:33 (permalink)

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I have borrowed a 2016 Bacchetta CA2.0 to test ride. I have never ridden a recumbent before. The bike has a 700 rear tire and a 650 front,is this standard or has it been changed. The steering on the bike is super sensitive is this normal? Thanks for all help.
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    Re: Help 2020/06/28 10:52:39 (permalink)
    No, this is not the way bikes are typically sold or ridden. Usually either both 700 wheels and tires or both 650s. I am guessing this CA2 started out as a 700 model. Then someone replaced the front fork to be able to fit a 650 tire and have the front brake be able to reach the rim. This may have been done to lower the height of the pedals from the ground, or just make the bike easier to mount. I can see how this modification could potentially affect handling, but I am not the bike geometry expert.
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    Re: Help 2020/06/29 07:41:19 (permalink)
    Several recumbents / cyclists have a front wheel smaller than the rear.  It does make the steering more twitchy.  Out of curiosity I did this with my CA2 (switched front forks) confirmed what other's have said and what seemed likely - twitchy.  I purposely didn't ride the bike in my local (steep, twisty mountain grades) area.  Looking down the barrel of a gun an firing it to see if it is loaded didn't seem like a well-considered test. Instead I rode a flat, straight road.  Some find it to their liking.  Not me.
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