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All cycling is physics.....

GrahamSby GrahamSApr 24th 2010
My beautiful new Van Nicholas Auleus has been scaring me witless with the death wobble. As soon as I hit 30mph the front wheel would start to weave and buckle in a devious and scary way. Today I headed off to TRiUK to prepare for a sad and early divorce. However en route I had a play with the physics of the death wobble. The route from Bristol to Yeovil is strewn with large hills and I had ample opportunity to try different techniques. Bottom line - by relaxing my arms and putting most of my weight on the pedals ( as opposed to split between pedals and handlebars) I managed to abolish completely the death wobble. I guess that my rigid arms allowed oscillations from the wheels to affect my body and vice versa.

Thus, much of life and all of cycling is physics...
bigmafyaby member: bigmafya, Apr 28th 2010 21:58
Why did you opt for a Titanium over carbon bike? I'm almost ready to upgrade from my beginner steed and am very tempted to go for a Van Nicholas myself. What are they like? I'm very envious
GrahamSby blog author: GrahamS, May 3rd 2010 11:53
HI Bigmafya,
I chose titanium after speaking to a friend who is both an academic and a cycle obsessive. I asked him which he thought was the best frame ( corbon, steel, alu etc) and he replied titanium, titanium and titanium.... Titanium is undoubtedly more expensive but I was attracted by the supposed brilliant ride characteristics, the fact that it is more of less indestructable and most importantly, it is a bit unusual and marks you out from the carbon hordes.

The ride quality is excellent. Now I have resolved my speed wobble issues, it is a great bike to ride - a bit like a high quality steel frame. I think that my auleus is not quite as fast a ride on the flat as my old specialised transition tri bike but she floats up hills. So far, I am really pleased.

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