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    crappy ride to work

    has any one gotten the high speed wobbles on there commuter bike with back pack on..
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    I haven't had speed wobbles since i rode my longboard. Is your fork bent?

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    Yes. But on that bike I got speed wobbles with no backpack on too. I think it was Lance Armstrong who said "it's not about the backpack".
    You have no excuse for driving to work
    (unless you don't have studded tires)
    (no excuse for that either)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slurry View Post
    I haven't had speed wobbles since i rode my longboard. Is your fork bent?
    nope fork is good
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    That would be a negatory. Aside from a few small hills, I flatland it to work.

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    Sometimes one of my bikes does that. Try shifting your weight around - maybe get in the drops and a bit more forward. See if that makes things better. Don't get tense!
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    +1 for shifting the weight around. I sometimes get speed wobbles up at around the 40+ mph mark if the weight distribution is wrong.

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    Reflectors in the spokes? Too many patches on one side of a tube? Loose wheel bearings? Loose headset?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Reflectors in the spokes? Too many patches on one side of a tube? Loose wheel bearings? Loose headset?
    none of the above
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    Put your knee on the top tube.

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    cool will try got rid of the back pack and all seems well this far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNGLEKID5 View Post
    has any one gotten the high speed wobbles on there commuter bike with back pack on..
    Save a tree & wipe your butt with an owl.
    Thank your local Sierra Club.
    If you let that treehugger out of your backpack, you'll probably be fine.

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    I saw a funny bumper sticker: "If God hadn't kicked Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden, the Sierra Club would have" As a lifted/locked/redneck Jeep owner who also loves the outdoors and teaches science, I have mixed emotions there... the spotted owls cost my dad his job when they became more important than humans...


    Back on topic, I could get my last bike to shimmy by letting go of the bars and sitting way upright, so my weight was really far back... backpack or not. I always thought it was because I was using really high volume tires (Big Apples), and in addition to being heavy, they're taller than most...has to affect geometry just a tad. If your riding position is normal, the backpack shouldn't make much of a difference if your hands are on the bars. Are you in a normal riding position, or an 'old man' upright position?
    You have no excuse for driving to work
    (unless you don't have studded tires)
    (no excuse for that either)

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