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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-26-2014, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Dealing with asphalt prepped for repaving

I've run into asphalt that has been stripped by machine as prep for a new layer. Sometimes, they aren't even kind enough to put up a warning sign. Very disconcerting to ride on! Front wheel wants to track in the grooves. Whole bike seems to shimmy like it doesn't have great traction. Probably doesn't due to it bouncing up and down on the rough surface. I wind up cutting my speed from 55+ down to 30 and even then its just less than white knuckles and no fun.

Anyone got any suggestions for dealing with roads like this? Am I just a pansy worrying about nothing? Don't remember dealing with this when I was younger but we didn't have roads like this either. Dirt roads weren't a problem with a smaller bike.
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I've run into asphalt that has been stripped by machine as prep for a new layer. Sometimes, they aren't even kind enough to put up a warning sign. Very disconcerting to ride on! Front wheel wants to track in the grooves. Whole bike seems to shimmy like it doesn't have great traction. Probably doesn't due to it bouncing up and down on the rough surface. I wind up cutting my speed from 55+ down to 30 and even then its just less than white knuckles and no fun.

Anyone got any suggestions for dealing with roads like this? Am I just a pansy worrying about nothing? Don't remember dealing with this when I was younger but we didn't have roads like this either. Dirt roads weren't a problem with a smaller bike.
Nothing wrong with slowing down to a point where you are more comfortable as long as you move over to the right side if possible. I work on a road crew doing that kind of work and other things but it does make me nervous when I ride on that surface. I also dislike "grated" bridges.

Try to loosen up on your grips a bit and that helps you get a better feel. Try to relax and look for any waver in the grooves ahead. Be sure your tires are inflated to the correct pressure so they flex just right without riding too high on the grooves. Good luck.

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The bike will be fine. It is unsettling sometimes but the more you get used to your bike the less it will bother you. I dont fight it since the bike wants to go straight. But yeah, i hate that ****, specially when you hit it in the rain.

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I staggered thread pattern on the tires helps , more or less I just power through it and let the bike do its thing

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yup, its unsettling a little but the bikewill ride through it fine. its the uneven lanes I really hate

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If you mean where they have removed most of the asphalt and cut deep grooves in what is left (there's a name for that, but I don't remember what it is) I don't ride on it. If I run into it unexpectedly, I slow way down, and get off asap, even if it means doing a U turn. I've even had cars tossed all over the road by that. It's 10 times more dangerous than a dirt road, even a washboard dirt road, because the grooves are parallel to the bike. Even "rain grooves" can be dangerous on a bike. Earlier this year I rode 93 all the way across Nevada, and it was the most miserable trip I can remember. Over half of it has rain grooves, and between the grooves and the wind, the bike was all over the road.

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I've been dealing with this recently. They just re-did rt 4 on my commute to DC.

You know what is worse than that? In my neighborhood they recently put tar over all of the cracks in the road. It's EVERYWHERE. For some reason it is 1/4 deep and 2 inches wide in some spots. When it gets hot, it's like the road is covered in chewing gum.
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And then don't forget the manhole covers that are several inches deep after they put down the new asphalt. My city has been sued (and lost) more than once due to these causing motorcycle accidents. Fortunately no fatalities that I know of.

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Ok, Now does anybody have any tips on riding on a well maintained gravel road??? The roadbed it tightly packed with some medium sized gravel evenly spread across it and very level with no slope.
I'm asking because I'm considering buying a house 4/10's of a mile down the road.

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