- Why does my bike lean to the right when I take my hands off the bars?
Klein Attitude – with vertical drop outs and Pace forks. Wheels built by my fairly incompetent self, but both seem to be dished and true ok. Wheel bearings all well adjusted. No play in the headset. Tyres on and pumped up. Skewers nice and tight and wheels fitted ok.
So why does the bike 'hang' to the right when I take my hands off the bars? That can't be right, can it?
It's not like it's trying to steer right, in fact I've no idea where it's trying to steer, but to ride along in a straight line the bike pitches itself over slightly at an angle on the right hand side.
Answers on a postcard please.. 🙂Posted 10 years agobarcaMember
Your right butt cheek is bigger than the left.Posted 10 years ago
I have a Sports Science degree.
Glutus Maximus inbalance. Have you noticed how people walking down the road texting end up walking diagonally until they walk into something/some one/the road? It's because they're no longer subconciously correcting their butt cheek inbalance.OnzadogMember
bara's idea was amusing, but (no pun intended) possibly closer to the truth. You may have a leg length inequality. Also, it's much harder to get a human body totally balanced than you may realise. I've just witnessed some really funky stuff about this at an aikido seminar.Posted 10 years agonickcSubscriber
Is it leaning from vertical but still going in a straight line, or is it turning to one side? If it's the former, then I'd say body weight, or something like that, if it's the latter, then your wheel's not a true as you'd like to think…
Not really worth worrying about either way though.Posted 10 years agoddmonkeySubscriber
I reckon Onzadog is right its probably you rather than the bike. I have a fairly imbalanced body due to knee injury which makes my hip and back etc go all out of alignment, tried getting it all straightened by chiropractor but I just end up going back to my wonky "norm". I also find it hard to ride hands off in a straight line now and the bike leans to one side all the time.Posted 10 years agonicko74Member
Sounds like either you or the bike is imbalanced BUT it can be resolved fairly easily by fitting a Lefty fork, thus restoring the balance. Of course then you have the issue of weight at the front left and at the back right (right buttock), so the bike may end up going crabwise.Posted 10 years agodogmatixSubscriber
i get it all the time… surely its just right hand left hand dominance? One side of your body being stronger than the other and taking more control of balance? Thats how it feels to me when I get it. I certainly know my right arm is slightly stronger than my left arm, when doing reps in the gym left is first to go. Surely my whole right side is slighlty stronger?Posted 10 years agomountaincarrotMember
Left camber on the trail/road could cause turn to the right.Posted 10 years ago
Stiff or too short brake hoses, or poploc cable on one side pulling the steering one way? – And remember if the bike falls to the right, you must have given the steering a kick to the left to start it off!
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