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post #1 of 18 Old 07-26-2006, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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Grooved pavement

I rode some grooved pavement during my last ride and I was wondering what others' experiences are like over this type of surface. My bike seemed "vague", like it didnt' quite know what line it was on. The whole bike seemed to waggle a little, although nothing extreme enough to cause panic.
Is this normal?

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post #2 of 18 Old 07-26-2006, 10:43 PM
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The same sort of thing happened to me the second day I had my bike. I was riding through a construction zone w/grooved surface. The bike felt "mushy". It was a strange feeling, but I guess it's normal.
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It is normal. Wait till you find a bridge with a steel grate driving surface.

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It's normal, happens to all bikes. The wheels want to follow the grooves in the road. Just don't clamp down hard on the handlebars and you'll be fine. It's like they say in the old .38 Special song: "Hold on loosely, but don't let go. If you cling too tightly, you're gonna lose control." They may have been singing about something else, but the advice is just as true for riding on grooved road surfaces.

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JetJaguar: I play that 38 Special song in my band! How appropriate.

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I did go over a few steel grate bridges on my ride, but they were uneventful.

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Tend not to ride on pavements over here in the UK.

They are full of pedestrians and it's illegal :lol: :lol:

But maybe pavements are a different thing where you are :roll:

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Tires make a huge difference as to how your bike will handle the grooves. I haven't found the stock trailwings too bad, but I have ridden bikes in the past with different tread patterns and they could be down right scary. The old school tires with tread ridges that went around the tire instead of across the tire were the worst. Stay away from those (if they are even still available).
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post #8 of 18 Old 07-27-2006, 11:36 AM
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I was in the city last week and was on a couple of roads that had some cracks that had been patched. The cracks meandered parallel to the curbs. It was a very strange sensation with the bike sort of squirming back and forth much like on a steel grate bridge. At first I did not catch on that it was just the road and stopped to check my tires.
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It is normal. Wait till you find a bridge with a steel grate driving surface.
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banjo wrote:

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tend not to ride on pavements over here in the UK.

They are full of pedestrians and it's illegal Laughing Laughing

But maybe pavements are a different thing where you are Rolling Eyes
"Pavement" in the U.S. = road

"Pavement" in the U.K. = sidewalk?

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