wet weather handling

Over50

Well-Known Member
There's an article out there from one of the tech mags where the author rode a Stromer over several days (Austin Tx I think). He mentioned a crash he had on wet streets as he wasn't used to a bike with the amount of weight on the rear wheel that the Stromer has. If I purchase this bike and use it for commuting, I will inevitably be doing some wet weather riding. Have you Stromer owners noticed that it has poor handling on wet pavement? Is it just a matter of adjusting to a new weight distribution (vs a regular bike)? This is another on my list of 'mid drive vs hub' questions as I try to get closer to a purchase decision, Thanks
 
There's an article out there from one of the tech mags where the author rode a Stromer over several days (Austin Tx I think). He mentioned a crash he had on wet streets as he wasn't used to a bike with the amount of weight on the rear wheel that the Stromer has. If I purchase this bike and use it for commuting, I will inevitably be doing some wet weather riding. Have you Stromer owners noticed that it has poor handling on wet pavement? Is it just a matter of adjusting to a new weight distribution (vs a regular bike)? This is another on my list of 'mid drive vs hub' questions as I try to get closer to a purchase decision, Thanks

I went down on my stromer st-1 twice with the Big Bens. #1 - 37 degrees F, but a wooden bridge didn't thaw yet. Front wheel hit the black ice and down goes Frazier. #2 - Receded flood left some fine silt on the bike path. It rehydrated a few days later after a sprinkle and the front wheel hit 1/2" of fine mud around 12 mph, again down I went.

After these two experiences, if a turn looks wet to me I will slow down a lot. I can't say I've ever lost traction on the big bens due to water alone... just the effect that water has on the materials on the pavement. IMHO.

Anyone have an opinion on tire pressure? I usually ride around 45psi. More rubber/lower psi in wet weather?