A question for all the roadies out there.
With the demise of my commuter I have finally got my mid 80's racer (with which I'm rapidly falling in love) on the road.
To my surprise, instead of shaking my teeth out on our rough nth est roads it's actually smoother than my commuter was on 700x40c's.
Can anyone explain to me how this works?
I love steel bikes for their longevity and strength and feel. I just got a new custom fit hardtail mtn. bike to replace my last aluminum one that cracked 6 months after the guarantee expired :/ The new steel bike is backed for life. I never want anything else (maybe titanium... :) )
That said, I did recently read that while many cyclists claim they can feel the difference (myself included), in blind tests they were unable to distinguish. Interesting...
Yes, it's steel.
Peter Good used to talk about steel as being "springy" - compared to aluminium....
Next time heading down hill, look down onto the front axle - watch the forks bending and flexing to absorb the shocks.
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Hmmmmm, I have a steel frame sitting up in the shed. In two minds now whether to build it back up.
Just to be devils advocate, how much of the smoothness is due to the fact that it's steel compared to say, the geometry, or the tires or perhaps just the extra weight.
For example, my bike is very smooth - huge wheelbase, 2" tires and about 20Kg. It is alloy though.
Yup tires (and tire pressure) and geometry are going to play a big part. Perhaps its just that steel frames tend to be more relaxed geometry so its nothing to do with steel at all. I really cant tell the difference (in perceived effort) riding on 700x23 at 110psi versus 700x32 at 80psi, but the latter feels a whole lot more comfortable and also more secure on fast descents when cornering.
I'm flogging this one on the Bay of E at the moment. It won't break the bank. Happy to help with a rebuild - I've got too many bike projects on.
The heavier the frame and fork is, the more road shock its going to absorb.
That makes sense, I think that this must be the reason my fork'n butt hurts.