handle safety question

handle safety question

Post by onewheeldav » Sat, 30 Aug 2003 11:06:08


Some time back I installed a Reeder handle on my muni and found it very
useful when going over rough ground and up/down steep hills.

For those who are unfamiliar with it, the Reeder is a big black metal
bar bent in two places to lie at a slight angle in front of the seat.

I am aware of the fact that it has two sharp corners and could be
potentially dangerous in an uncontrolled fall; in particular that rare
variety of UPD when you are in such a position of balance that the uni
is directly underneath and holds you aloft for a while before hurling
you off in a random direction.

I know from experience that this type of UPD can attack the groin/lower
abdominal area and the thought of the Reeder handle being involved is
disturbing.

The only protection I have on the handle is a *** end cap.

I'm wondering if: -

a) anyone has fallen foul of their handle

b) any ideas for making it safer

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Post by Max_Dingeman » Sat, 30 Aug 2003 11:13:49

Almost a year of use, totally uncountable falls and UPD's, and no
problems for me. Im not worried about it at all.

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Post by U-Tur » Sat, 30 Aug 2003 11:21:50

It used to scrape my leg on forward dismounts; when I trimmed it a
little (about 1/2 an inch?) that problem stopped.   I think that it's no
more dangerous than falls than a pedal.  Probably less so.

Having an end cap on it is the right thing to do.

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Post by evilewa » Sat, 30 Aug 2003 12:46:51

how about a "bell end" from g-sport bmx? amusingly named and tecnicaly
perfect.

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Post by Mojo » Sat, 30 Aug 2003 14:01:04

Quote:

> *Almost a year of use, totally uncountable falls and UPD's, and no
> problems for me. Im not worried about it at all. *

Come on Max, did you forget about the time you hit your chin on it
landing a seat-out drop??  

The only time that I had problems with mine was when I was learning to
kick-up mount. The seat would drop back far enough that I would sit on
the handle. After a couple tries, I gave up learning the kick-up
mount.

cheers... Mojoe

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Post by Mikeful » Sat, 30 Aug 2003 15:25:50

The worst problem I have with my handle is on simple forward dimounts
where I land on my feet.   Occasionally, the end of the handle hits my
left Achilles tendon.  Ouch.

Get a tennis ball, cut a 3/4 inch diameter hole in it and slide it over
the end of the handle.

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Post by johnfos » Sun, 31 Aug 2003 06:15:29

Quote:

> *I am aware of the fact that it has two sharp corners and could be
> potentially dangerous in an uncontrolled fall; in particular that rare
> variety of UPD when you are in such a position of balance that the uni
> is directly underneath and holds you aloft for a while before hurling
> you off in a random direction. *

This is what I refer to as "unintentional coasting." Very scary.

I have un-capped tubing on my Wyganowski Coker handle. It occurs to me I
should get something on there. Any bare ends of tubing should have caps
or other things on them to blunt the edge of the tubing, as well as to
protect it.

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