Posted: 21:40 - 08 May 2020 Post subject: Am I too fat for skids?
Haven't been on a pedal bike in about 20-25 years but bought a second hand one recently.
Its a muddyfox Storm which has suspension and disc brakes (they never had this kind of sorcery on pedal bikes the last time I was on them).
Anyway, I want to do a skid, cos skidding is cool. But the back wheel just won't lock up!
I have taken out the pads and cleaned them with brake cleaner, roughed them up a bit with a grinding disc, tightened the cable at the rear and at the handlebars, and blown up the tyres so that they are over inflated, but it just won't lock the back wheel up. (I did manage the slightest millisecond of lock-up on a section of gravel but it was nothing that my 6 year old kid couldn't beat).
The only thing that I can think of is that I may be too fat and I'm putting too much weight on the back tyre that it will not break traction. I'm circa 15 stone.
Tried lifting myself off the seat and grabbing a fistful of lever but it just comes to a slow rolling stop.
I'm with Stinkwheel here. 16 stone and no trouble at all locking the back wheel of my hydraulic disc braked MTB... once I'd binned the old pads. ____________________ Honda Varadero 125cc => Suzuki Bandit 650 33bhp => 77bhp =>
BMW K1200R Sport 163bhp => Aprilia Shiver GT 750 95bhp
My TRP Spyre cabled disc brakes are nowhere near as good as the hydraulic brakes on my other bikes. I can lock the rear but it needs a good squeeze and is helped by using some front as well.
These type of brakes benefit from compressionless outer cables (which mine doesn’t have, although there is not that much cable outer, with a long run of inner between frame stops).
I’d love to go to hydraulics but this bike uses a road brake/shifter setup and hydraulic setups are not cheap. I have thought about the hybrid cable/hydraulic ones but there is still the issue of cable stretch/compression that robs application pressure.
Another option is to fit a bigger disc and shim the caliper with a spacer. ____________________ Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat KTM 990 SMT
Posted: 07:53 - 10 May 2020 Post subject: Re: Am I too fat for skids?
yeah .. roll don`t bounce .. cos if you bounce you`ll go splatt.. just like an elephant off a cliff.. ____________________ Whatever I post I have no citation and no intention of providing one..
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