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Old 2010-11-21, 10:46 AM   #16
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gunnstein, are you watching Desert bus?
I don't have TV and I have no idea what Desert Bus is
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Old 2010-11-21, 11:02 AM   #17
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SmellyGeekBoy, aarons, unireed:
I am sure inexperience is a big factor. It's just frustrating when it gets worse, not better. Hopefully it improves with practice, and it definitely should improve when I switch the tire again in spring. Right now that is not an option. I need my tungsten carbide fix for the conditions we got now

On holding the seat, do you do that when you ride on roads (and you don't have handlebars)? I see how it can stabilize things, but on long distances it sounds like hand strain I could do without (have had wrist trouble before). Handlebars sound better, but could complicate UPDs. I think I should get better first.
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Old 2010-11-21, 11:16 AM   #18
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Switching tire is not an option. One, it's the only quality studded 29er tire available (the other 622 tires are too narrow, and without studs it would be too dangerous on my roads). Two, it cost me some 83 USD so I'm bloody well gonna learn to ride it! =D

Turning the seat is something I might try, if nothing else it would be educating to see the effect on the ride.
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Old 2010-11-21, 11:23 AM   #19
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Hi Sanne,
I think for my part I can safely say lack of weight is not a problem

I tried low pressure yesterday, will try maximum next time. It's annoying that right where my house is I can't ride (yet) because it's too step (for the 29er). I'll bring the car with all the tools to a parking lot somewhere so I have everything handy and can quickly make adjustments and test them.
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Old 2010-11-21, 11:29 AM   #20
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Vær hilset, fellow Norseman!
Thanks for the tip. And kudos on your flickr set, there are some really nice shots there.
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Old 2010-11-21, 12:41 PM   #21
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Tyre in combination with road camber is the most likely culprit. With road tyres, all I know is that higher pressure is better (to remedy road camber sensitivity). But Sanne may be onto something with her remark about knobby tyres. Maybe if you have high pressure in your knobby tyre, you are balancing on, say, the middle row of knobs only. They might then give way/bend to one side once they get to carry the load, hence give you an offset to one side. It would be kind of similar to riding on short-tufted carpet (which is notoriously difficult), be it that in that case the offset is caused by the carpet tufts bending to one side.

As to your rim of 39 mm being wide enough for the 2.35 (or 2.1) tyre: yes in itself that is true. The Big Apple 2.35" (and maybe the Duro too if it is a Big Apple clone like you say) is notorious for being sensitive to side slope. The problem is exacerbated when combined with a narrow rim, but it also exists with wider rims.
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Old 2010-11-21, 04:23 PM   #22
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Hi Sanne,
I think for my part I can safely say lack of weight is not a problem


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I tried low pressure yesterday, will try maximum next time. It's annoying that right where my house is I can't ride (yet) because it's too step (for the 29er). I'll bring the car with all the tools to a parking lot somewhere so I have everything handy and can quickly make adjustments and test them.
Do that. I think you should just make som experiments. Sooner or late you will find out what works for you. - Held og lykke med det

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Old 2010-11-21, 05:47 PM   #23
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I tried max tire pressure today, that didn't help. I did learn something useful though: I suck at making left turns, and I suck equally bad on both unis. So I assume that when riding on the right side of a crowned road, the slant is making the uni turn right, meaning I have to be in a constant left turn to be able to go straight. Which would explain my tending to prefer riding on the left side. In other words, I just need more practice. Thanks again Dr. Uni!
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Old 2010-11-21, 06:45 PM   #24
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... I suck equally bad on both unis ... In other words, I just need more practice.
I took the liberty of quoting you with improved clarity You are correct in working on things that you feel have room for improvement, but do not let temporary difficulties like this leaning discourage you from riding! Just keep practising and suddenly one day you may find that you no longer have a leaning problem
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Old 2010-11-21, 10:32 PM   #25
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I've been dealing with the same issue since I started, and now it's mostly gone (but only mostly). I've found that using a handlebar has really helped, and I practice putting one hand on, then the other, and ultimately am working on both hands at once (which I can do, but still not truly comfortable with it). This practice has dramatically reduced my tendency to turn my body, even when I'm not riding with the handlebar. It's also something that's easy to practice while just riding, without having to devote a specific training session to it.

However, I suspect that just riding a lot is a major part of my improvement. So if you're not interested in a handlebar, just ride more!
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Old 2010-11-22, 05:01 PM   #26
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Once I started learning to idle on both sides I noticed that I was riding with the seat cocked under me a little bit. So I started looking for reasons. First, like you I tried to adapt my riding with only mixed success.

On my 3 Nimbus Unis not one has a level saddle side to side. Take the seat off the seat post, the post out of the frame and turn the post over putting the plate flat on a table. All 3 of mine were off in one plane or the other and none sat evenly on the 4 corners. I did some grinding and used some washers to shim the saddle it bothered me the most on. It was better but no miracle so I only did it on one of my Unis. With some more practice I could ride evenly even with the crooked seat posts.
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Old 2010-11-24, 04:12 AM   #27
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I noticed a consistent tendency to the right during my rides, so I stopped, turned the seat 180 degrees, jumped back on, was then tending to the left!

I had a careful look at everything, what I noticed is the cheapo tire (Innova) on my uni is non-symmetric, has more tread height on the left than on the right! Hence the auto-turning...

A new tire is en-route, going to try a WTB nano-raptor for pavement and light trail use.
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Old 2010-11-24, 06:36 PM   #28
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I've dealt with similiar issues. For a while I looked like some kind of ninja that was prepped to pounce with one arm behind my back and the other out front.

My solution was most of what has been listed, especially practice, and I also had a mnior back injury to deal with. In short, I'd over stretched one side so my upper body was quite literally off centre. That took a bit to get over.

Try finding "flat" spaces to ride to help rebuild your confidence. Also worth not thinking too much about it when your riding in those space. Just ride.
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Old 2010-11-24, 07:07 PM   #29
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The easiest way to check wether the frame is OK is to turn your saddle 180 degrees.
So you will go with your uni in the other direction.
Then see if you still turn right.
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Old 2010-11-29, 05:22 AM   #30
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Gunnstein

You first need to what is wrong. For instance, if the shoulders are misaligned then twisting at the waist is not the best thing to work on. If you are bending to the right at the waist, then lifting the right shoulder is not the answer.

At the right times I use my shadow to give me correct feedback, rather than what I THINK is wrong.

With the sun very high in the sky, check that your shoulders are aligned across the boddy, not one leading the other.

With the sun a lot lower, and you riding EXACTLY in a line such that the shadow is immediately in front and you are riding over yourself, compare the height of your shoulders, as well as whether you are canting your body fromt he waist or hips. Of course, you can engineer this situation by heading out to a tennis court or flat parking area.

I find that I lead with my dominant (right) shoulder when I am climbing an incline. It is still a tough thing to work against except if the surface is very even and smooth.

For some, asymmetry is always gonna be an issue. So far this year I have clocked 5000km (metered) and I still work on it consciously.And I still on freemounting commonly take more than a few metres to get into symmetry.

Good luck.

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