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Unfinished Roads, Horrible Air, Crap Tyres.

24 Aug 2007 at 14:33

Today was just painful, legs were sore, no rest from the thick air, which has you gasping for breath, lots of road re-surfacing going on which meant tying tp keep the bike on a very small line of packed down chippings with piles fo deep chips each side. I actually rode right though a road being re-surfaced, as they hadn't closed it off, and I didn't know til it was too late. It wasn't much fun sliding around on the very loose gravel and flicking sticky tar all over my bike. I expect those roads to be awful to ride for the next few weeks as, being council work, it'll be a half arsed job and they'll not consider cleaning up the deep piles of gravel that will inevitable appear as traffic pings the gravel around.

it's not nice asphalt either, it's the cheap-fix stuff, which sets rough and slow.

Thankfully it's close to the end of the road season for me now. I'm going to fit some different tyres to the bike to see if I can stop the machine from sliding all over the place, but I don't hold out much hope. The bike's just not very good for riding in the wind, with far too much weight on the back wheel.

52.01miles, (20.33ave) | Windy, Overcast, Hard Work

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branthttp://www.on-one.co.uk

14:52 24 Aug

Is your phone broken or are you ignoring me :-(

Simonhttp://www.simonbarnes.net

15:12 24 Aug

Matt never answers his phone.

Buy a nice BMC Planet-x road bike :)


Which roads have they resurfaced Matt? I can avoid them then :)

matthttp://mattmagic.com

15:33 24 Aug

Oh, sorry, Brant, battery's flat. Busy today anyway, just email me.

Roads:
Defo:
Cowling Brow
Back Lane (or whatever it's called the one from cowling to top of Babylon lane)
Road from Sheephouse lane down to the reservoirs (over the bridge)

Probably: Babylon Lane, Sheephouse Lane, erm. otheres which I have forgotten, and probably others which they'll do next week.

Ollyhttp://thinkdrastic.net

15:41 24 Aug

"Today was just painful" - Now there's a surprise! ;)

Stevehttp://furiouscycling.blogspot.com

16:08 24 Aug

That rubbish resurfacing method? Thin layer of tar or whatever, then pile on the loose, sharp stuff and let the traffic pack it down. Awful for bikes.

Simonhttp://www.simonbarnes.net

16:16 24 Aug

Cheers Matt. Yup Steve, it is indeed rubbish.

matthttp://mattmagic.com

16:24 24 Aug

Spot on, Steve.
It's s the cheap-fix, which doesn't do anything to fix the massive holes in the roads.

Marchttp://marcdavison.blogspot.com

21:04 24 Aug

Yeah they love doing that round our way too.

I dread to think how bad that is if you come off.

Also where they have done it time and time again it's screwed the camber of the road so water doesnt drain off into a gutter but puddles up in a grove near the edge of the road, ie where cyclist would normally ride, so I either get extra wet or have to ride well out into the ride.

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