31 August 2005

Horrible secrets of cyclo-engineering

steering assy

The FOSTFLG Beastie’s steering creaked occasionally under stress, which distressed me so I disassembled the streering boss to find out why. I’m guessing that they do this so that under extreme force (ie, a collision), the handlebars will twist out of the way rather than gutting someone, but still it’s hardly a mechanism for inspiring confidence.

I reassembled it with some water-dispersant oil so that it would twist and slide a little rather than creak and wear, then did the centre-bolt up tight so now I only have to worry about the bolt shearing instead of worrying about suddenly going hands-free through lack of friction. Oh, joy.

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