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post #1 of 6 Old 08-30-2008, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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16T + Superbrace = Happiness

Just installed the Superbrace (from Blair @ SV) and a 16T sprocket on my Wee, like a new bike

The 16T took a few hours and the Superbrace maybe 10 minutes.

The new sprocket makes a big difference not only on the highway but in town as well. Lately I was getting into the bad habit of starting off in 2nd, it just felt better not having to shift a millisecond after starting off. Not now, this new sprocket takes care of that. On the highway 5,000 rpm gives me 67 miles an hour GPS, it turns 6th into a true overdrive.

The Superbrace took the wobble out of riding in a cross wind, I have to go over a narrow bridge maybe 300' high to get home and it's always windy causing the bike to wander and turn into the wind. Today for the first time I felt my chest being buffeted but with no need for steering input, the bike just held it's course.

Two great mods.

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post #2 of 6 Old 09-17-2008, 01:10 AM
 
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Stock Rear Sprocket?

Did you leave the stock 47T on the back with that 16T front sprocket mod?

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post #3 of 6 Old 09-17-2008, 02:50 AM
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Just installed the Superbrace (from Blair @ SV) and a 16T sprocket on my Wee, like a new bike

The 16T took a few hours and the Superbrace maybe 10 minutes.

The new sprocket makes a big difference not only on the highway but in town as well. Lately I was getting into the bad habit of starting off in 2nd, it just felt better not having to shift a millisecond after starting off. Not now, this new sprocket takes care of that. On the highway 5,000 rpm gives me 67 miles an hour GPS, it turns 6th into a true overdrive.

The Superbrace took the wobble out of riding in a cross wind, I have to go over a narrow bridge maybe 300' high to get home and it's always windy causing the bike to wander and turn into the wind. Today for the first time I felt my chest being buffeted but with no need for steering input, the bike just held it's course.

Two great mods.

rjsurfer
cool - good description - I've experienced that crosswind and it scared the <poop> out of me. I had no idea wtf happened - it only happened once <knock on wood> at highway speed (the crosswind was nastier than I care to remember -- the turning into the wind part happened to be very strong and very sudden and it felt like my front tire slightly left the ground and shifted left as it landed). So you're saying a Superbrace can help with that huh? Sounds like a must buy for me... where's the best place to purchase one of these?

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post #4 of 6 Old 09-17-2008, 07:02 AM Thread Starter
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I left the rear sprocket as is, no need to change it out.

The 16T was purchased from Blair at SV Racing, he advertises a lot on this forum, good price and good service.

Do a search for his company name for the particulars, I don't have it handy at the moment.

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post #5 of 6 Old 09-17-2008, 10:23 AM
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not to hijack the thread... I've said it before, but again, the fork brace makes all the difference in the wind. I rode here in Oklahoma the other day in very serious gusts... (effects from the hurricanes to the south) maybe too strong to be safe, but the bike tracked like a champ. Before having the fork brace I about s--- myself in lesser crosswinds, feeling like the bike was going out from under me, and really hard to maintain a decent track and stay in my own lane, etc., all while in traffic. Too scary. I about pulled over and put a "for sale" sign on the bike. Since I got the superbrace, I know the wind is just wind. You feel it, sure, it's windy out there, but the bike now ignores it. It is a MUST IMO to have a fork brace on our bikes. You won't regret it. It has made my bike something to enjoy riding vs. being worried about the slightest wind.

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ditto on that
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