Common on European utility bikes, a front wheel stabilizer makes loading front racks simpler. It is a spring connecting the fork to the down tube. It adds a subtle self centering action to the front wheel, making loading and unloading of a bike with a basket, or say, our Porteur Rack much easier. The spring also offers some resistance to steering, so it counteracts deflections from hitting potholes and road debris.
- Mounts to the back of the fork crown via brake bolt or through bolt
- Fork crown mount diameter is made to fit an M6 bolt - common on nutted calipers
- Use Sheldon's Fender Nuts to work with recessed brake bolts
- Rust resistant and includes all required brackets and hardware
- Available for Small (31.8mm and smaller) and Large (38-62mm) sized downtubes
Our town bikes are outfitted with double kickstands to make them easier to load and unload groceries etc. The kickstands are great, however this item really completes the package. It's hardly noticeable when riding and it keeps the front wheel from flopping side to side when the rear is weighted while loading panniers and rear racks.
I'm not very happy with it. If you have a front rack, don't count on this working out. Its best use is with no front rack or load. The spring is just not strong enough. I'm on the hunt for a stronger spring. I have it on my Surly Big Dummy and it does not work well at all.
I installed this to stabilize my front basket and unfortunately , it’s just doesn’t work out for me . And on top of that the plastic piece on the down tube released while I was writing from the rubber that it was clamped on and scratched my frame . I tried to install this for several times but it kept losing its strength .
My bike has a Big Basket on the front. The stabilizer helps hold the front wheel when I load the basket. I also like that it helps steady the steering when I start up.Can't really feel any difference in the steering but the bike is much easier to hold in a straight line when first beginning to pedal.
The Velo Orange wheel stabilizer is a nicely designed little component that keeps your front cargo rack from whipping around on you. It takes some slight adjusting to get it to the tension you want, but overall it was pretty simple to install.