I'm now up at about 150km experience on my Python. In the last month or so I'd
done lots of the finishing on the build, adding a permanent front wheel guard,
lights, padding on the seat, rear mudguard, luggage rack, etc.
On a ride last Sunday, I was on a short gently downhill section on a gravel
track. I wasn't going fast, but the Python seemed very unstable, and I started
to lose control. Normally under such circumstances, I've just applied a little
back brake drag to load the pivot & this damps the wobbles.
Unfortunately this time I was on a rough gravel surface, so almost as soon as I
touched the brake lever, the rear wheel locked. The Python ended up sideways on
the path before tipping me off & sliding to a halt.
The results were: snapped the left hand side off the seat base (ride home
carrying this slowly!), ripped the front wheel guard off, and put some nice
holes in my elbow.
So the Python needs repairs. Buy I'm feeling really frustrated, and have even
gone as far as having a test ride on a "professionally" built recumbent. After
a couple of minutes figuring out the tiller steer, I was fine on this.
I need some encouragement, and a realistic understanding of the Python's
stability & safety!
I hope you can help.
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