8 Freight

Discussion in 'Tandem and Other Bikes' started by Hilldodger, 30 Apr 2010.

  1. Hilldodger

    Hilldodger Über Member

    Location:
    sunny Leicester
    We've just been given one and I've ridden it back across town.

    It was like trying to steer a battleship up the High Street - god the handling is bad. Me thinks it will have the head angle cut and rewelded.
     
  2. BigSteev

    BigSteev Senior Member

    Nonsense, it's a fine machine. You'll appreciate the steep head angle once it's loaded up.
    If you want to get anything welded on it I'd recommend some strengthening gussets where the (what would be) seat stays meet the top of the load area.
     
  3. bikepete

    bikepete Veteran

    Location:
    York, UK
    That's odd, the ones I've ridden have been fine - maybe a few mins to get used to it. Couriers in York seem to like the handling. Has it had non-standard forks added or something?
     
  4. OP
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    Hilldodger

    Hilldodger Über Member

    Location:
    sunny Leicester
    Maybe it's because I don't like nervous steering and do like a more relaxed head angle. I don't like small wheeled folders for the same reason.

    Anyway, I haven't got to ride it.
     
  5. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    Salford, UK
    Yup, I've ridden one fine too, in fact I was impressed at how 'normal' it felt.
     
  6. OP
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    Hilldodger

    Hilldodger Über Member

    Location:
    sunny Leicester
    Maybe ours is one of the many that have broken and been bodged up - I haven't looked.

    I do think it could be improved massively by having more rake and trail, though.
     
  7. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    Salford, UK
    Rake, I would imagine you could pick up at any garden centre....

    Not sure about trail. There is trail mix, that nuts and raisins stuff....

    :rofl:
     
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