Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Wind vs Bike




I was just alerted to a bizarre story on bikeforums.net. Mr Quadzilla says:
It's really windy here today in Silicon Valley. I was riding to work. Going 25 (according to Garmin). A gust lifted up my front end. Seriously, I got lift, and turned my front wheel a little. When my wheel touched the ground the fork snapped in half, broke...
However it was really windy, windy enough to snap a cable on the Bay Bridge.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is what happens when your quads get too big. Let this be a warning to us all.

JR said...

I think some of the stories said cable, but it was not a cable on the bridge. All of the issues have been on the cantilever section, not the suspension section.

I think this particular instance may have been a failure of a repair job.

Anonymous said...

I remember that day...They shut down the bridge for days....Hope you were okay.

crispin said...

well, regardless of how windy it was or why the front wheel got air time -- yes if you make a steering correction while airborne, at speed, you do get a sudden side load on the fork when you land, and on a steel bike I did bend a steerer tube once by doing that. But the bike remained ridable and I didn't crash. Having the fork SNAP is inexcusable.

Anonymous said...

How could you possibly be doing 25mph into a head wind that strong ?
A bad repair job sounds more feasible.