Tip: In for a Fall with your Slipstream?
Yesterday, I fell for the first time in quite a while. Just a twisted knee and a bruised shoulder but major embarrassment. As I was riding across a bridge, suddenly I was on the ground and a little dazed. The diamond frame rider behind me asked if I was OK and then added “Nice ride”.
What had happened was that the bolt that connects the steering bar to the steering lever on the front wheel had fallen out. When that happens the front wheel turns sideways and you are very quickly on the ground.
I have taken this bolt out several time to transport my Slipstream. I have always used anti-seize on the bolts and I suspect this bolt just loosened up or that I hadn’t tightened it well last time.
Take away from the fall:
1. Yes, you really should check all bolts each year at least, monthly would be even better.
2. A little purple Locktite makes a lot of sense on this bolt.