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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by SCQTT, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. Trialsguy

    Trialsguy Been here awhile

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    Zoom in on the rear hub. Lots of tandems have a large finned brake drum on the back that you can set to drag from a lever on the handlebar . On long downhills you set that to keep you from running away like a loaded semi truck. Trying to use only the rim brakes will heat the rims up enough to blow tires. It was bad enough with two people on board. No thanks to four.
  2. viverrid

    viverrid not dead yet

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    Don't touch the front one, you'll go over the bars.
  3. Kikemon

    Kikemon Poseur

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    I don't think you need to worry about going over the bars with a cantilever brake on a bike that long with that much weight so far out on the lever arm. Melting the pads - yes. Popping the tire - definiitely. Stopping - maybe. I'd have some big discs on it with a hell for stout front fork.
  4. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod Red Clay Halo

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  5. SoSlow

    SoSlow Having fun

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    You know, now that I've read that, I can't _not_ see Jar Jar when I look at that picture...
  6. fuelish

    fuelish Been here awhile

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    That is an Arai drum brake. It is usually set up as a drag brake with a friction shift lever set up to control it. It has as much brake shoe as many sixties motorcycles.
  7. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    Just clicked on the link. Unbelievably effective. At least, I hope like Hell it is. Kudos to the kid.

    I'm an all the gear guy. Get's lots of comments when it is 105 like it was today and I am rocking a full completely unstylish Airflow II prison gray suit but.....I really don't care.
  8. Vulfy

    Vulfy Been here awhile

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    Never got a point of tandem bicycles. Its fun for the first person, but whats the appeal of staring at a sweaty ass of a rider in front of you?

    Well unless...

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  9. fallingoff

    fallingoff Banned

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  10. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    It doesn't get much closer than this. :eek1

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  11. MiamiMotorcyclist

    MiamiMotorcyclist used to be -MiamiUly

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    I had a moment like that on my Ulysses one day. Had been riding off road. After probably about a twenty mile ride home I made a right turn onto my street, leaned over far enough to find some mud that hadn't been scrubbed off of the side of my tires, scraped a peg, slapped my foot down and popped back upright. That got my attention.

    My friend and his kid were in a truck behind me (dirt bikes in the truck) and thought I was down when it happend. They couldn't believe what they saw.
  12. B.Curvin

    B.Curvin Feral Chia tamer

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    What hump?
  13. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    So, which is it teenagers texting or pirates? :huh

    ..and you've seen pirates ride less safe than that? Damn. "I'm not even mad, I'm impressed!"

    Nope, we're 314 and 636.
  14. 100mpg

    100mpg Self Imposed Exile

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    shorts check, lane one! :lol3
  15. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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  16. wingnut11

    wingnut11 generally strange

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    anyone just hear thunder and some frightened horses? Great movie.
  17. Reryder

    Reryder Onward through the fog...

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  18. B.Curvin

    B.Curvin Feral Chia tamer

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  19. C/1/509

    C/1/509 Why?

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    True. I would have bet that he didn't recover that. More importanly, how did he get the front that out of shape to begin with? I wondered if the right foot dab was an attempt at saving it or the original cause? He was leaned over more than he was comfortable with, dabbed with his right foor and somehow got out of shape from that. Weird and scary!
  20. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Lucky to recover it.

    The front end was that out of shape because he locked the front wheel.

    I don't think he dabbed. I think his boot was dragged off the peg.

    My take is:
    Too hot entering the turn, it tightened up more than he planned.
    Right foot is hanging off the peg a bit, and is dragged off the peg when he increases his lean angle.
    Startled, he grabs more front brake and locks it momentarily.
    He must've had the wherewithall to let off the front brake, or he'd have gone down. Probably a fairly experienced rider who just got caught off guard with that particular turn. The fact that there is an oncoming automobile in the turn may have had something to do with it, distracting him for a moment.