A Bicycle Steering Stabilizer??

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A Bicycle Steering Stabilizer??

Postby steady eddie » Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:45 pm

http://www.hebie.de/stabilizer-696-made ... .html?&L=1

Almost every *real* cargo bike has one of these "Hebie"-branded steering stabilizers on it.

The originals featured a metal coil spring, that rusted and made noise. The model shown in the link, uses a rubber-like elastomer for a spring. It is both noiseless and rust-free.

Primarily made for holding the front fork (and the front rack/carrier) stable, it also
allows for extreme stability when riding.
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Re: A Bicycle Steering Stabilizer??

Postby wa_desert_rat » Wed Oct 12, 2011 5:48 pm

This allows the rider to carry a significantly larger load on the front rack. Loads in front of the center of the axle would cause the front wheel to "wobble" back and forth. The "elastomer" stabilizer (with the adjustment knob to pre-load it) could reduce that. One reason why many cargo bike designs put the wheel way forward with the cargo basket more of a platform between the handlebars and the (smaller) front wheel. But this causes other problems because of the necessary linkage between the handlebars and the front wheel (3 or 4 feet ahead).

Cool link. :)
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Re: A Bicycle Steering Stabilizer??

Postby steady eddie » Wed Oct 12, 2011 8:23 pm

wdr--

Glad you liked the link, thank you.

This stabilizer is just one of the things that make a so-so Dutch style bike into a great bike.

It is also available here in the States for less than 20 dollars.

Once mounted to the bike's frame, it is an excellent conversation (BS) starter, too.

Because 99% of the folks have never seen one, and I love to BS about bikes.. :mrgreen: ..
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Re: A Bicycle Steering Stabilizer??

Postby sibergirlblue » Tue Oct 25, 2011 3:18 pm

I thought they were mostly for when the bike was parked with a load? Looks like you ride with it ingaged too?
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Re: A Bicycle Steering Stabilizer??

Postby steady eddie » Wed Oct 26, 2011 7:20 am

sibergirlblue wrote:I thought they were mostly for when the bike was parked with a load? Looks like you ride with it engaged too?

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You must be thinking of the Raleigh "Fork Lock" as it was installed on the older Raleigh
Roadsters...the lock served the purpose of holding the front end (and basket) in a straight forward position, while parked. You only forgot to UNLOCK it one time, and after that, you locked the front end at a slight angle.. :lol: ..

This Hebie Steering Stabilizer allows for you to "dial up" the holding power (if needed) by turning the adjusting nut tighter. In real life use, it allows for "hands off" stability for those times, like riding while holding an umbrella up. One review that I saw, the reviewer said that (while not recommended), he could ride his Opa for miles (in a straight line) with no hands on the bars, after he had the HSS installed.

This must be why it is called a "stabilizer" and not a "park lock"..dunno..in traffic, while riding the painted fog line, with no bike lane, this could be a life-saver..
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