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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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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.

(Note: Moved to General Discussion because question isn't Wee specific. You'll get more responses there.)
 

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Thanks

Thanks guys.

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

greywolf:

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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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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greywolf said:
It is normal. Wait till you find a bridge with a steel grate driving surface.
Aye. "Good times" crossing the Golden Gate or Bay bridges... especially when raining. ;)
 

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banjo wrote:

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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List of things to watch out for...

Here is a list of things you should watch on roadways:

Nim whit in car making a left turn in front of you, that
"didn't see you"...
Big bugs...one in the face can drop ya
Smokey with a radar gun.
Wind currents, especially from tractor-trailers driving
either way (with or against you).
Drunk drivers
Pedestrians
POT HOLES! (common in New England)
Rocks
Dead animals
Live animals scurrying in front of your bike
Trash
water, or wet surfaces
oil spill
man hole covers
painted surfaces
construction zones where PAVEMENT ENDS
construction zones where pavement is graded)
Bridges (grated area)
NEW blacktop (esp. when wet, oil in tar rises to top).

If you drive in winter...ice and snow! HA!

From experience:
WILD TURKEYS... I had a close call!!!
 

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drummer said:
banjo wrote:

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?
Got it in one :wink:

Must admit there are times when I have to think about certain words that mean different things in different countries.

After 23 years of travel in the Royal Navy I think I have got most things worked out, mainly how to order a beer in different languages :wink: :lol:
 

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Mine also did that. Then I put on a K&B Fork Brace.

What grooves?
 

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drummer said:
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?
I hate that groovy pavement. Mine is very "squirmy" rather than "vague".
:evil:
 

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I hate steel bridges,They make feel like there is no friction on tires all.
Once i got caught in a deep crack in a curve,i couldnt steer,crack took me to edge.I was almost totaling my bike.
 
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