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post #1 of 28 Old 06-07-2011, 08:21 AM Thread Starter
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Pavement Traction Hazards

I was actually thinking about posting this thread before reading about masterlink's unfortunate encounter with a spilled, 5-gallon bucket full of used motor oil. I had a pants-filling moment the other day when I had an encounter with some gravel on a curve. Lots more of it on the roads here now that farming season is in full swing and there's a lot more traffic coming on and off the gravel roads onto pavement.

I was thinking it might be a good idea if we could all throw out an example of conditions/material that can greatly reduce traction while riding on pavement, especially after hearing what happened to masterlink. His encounter was a freak, unavoidable experience, but a lot of hazards lay waiting for us every day and are fairly commonplace.

Maybe some of us will come up with something to look out for that others hadn't thought of. Food for thought, if you will.

I'll start with an obvious one:

Gravel scattered where gravel meets pavement, especially on curves.



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post #2 of 28 Old 06-07-2011, 09:47 AM
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Planalp,
I was thinking the same thing….. Nice tred.

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Thanks for sharing you story … it makes us all a little more careful….

Train track caution
My story comes from a bad experience. Wile riding some single track in CT. We needed to run down the tracks for about ˝ mile. Some kids had run fishing line between 2 trees about 100 times. …… This was a little HAHAHA when the train comes, but when a guy on a bike comes along at 20 MPH…. WTF

When Riding the tracks, watch for the jokes..
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I am always a bit slower on curves,etc. The day after a good rain or wind storm. Small rocks, branches and WET LEAVES !!!

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post #4 of 28 Old 06-07-2011, 11:39 AM
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Just remember, color and texture are the biggest indicators of changing traction conditions. Surface being ridden on must be included in your constant scan for danger. If your looking down, it's already too late. If your head isn't on a swivel, it's amazing your reading this.

Off pedestal, back on the saddle.
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post #5 of 28 Old 06-07-2011, 11:54 AM
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I was riding last week when I went around a corner and saw a bucket lid laying in the middle of the corner.. Taken at speed, when cranked over, it would have thrown me to the ground faster than I could have imagined.. Slick plastic, bare road, bike leaned over...

Would have been bad..

I kicked it into the ditch..
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You almost said it the first post.....in farming communities watch for spilled grain in the road.

Gray-haired riders don’t get that way from pure luck.

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post #7 of 28 Old 06-10-2011, 06:05 PM
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I was riding behind another bike on my way home from work the other day. There was road construction and we had to detour onto another road. We had to make a tight right hander to get onto the detour. The bike in front of me dam near went down on some spilled gravel right in the turn. I saw his frontend slide out and his leg go down. Im still not sure how he saved it but fortunitely he did, I thought for sure I was going to be helping him pick his bike back up.
That was a quick and cheap reminder to him and I to watch out for road hazards, especially around construction.
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I'm always super watchful of manhole covers and painted lines/speed bumps... Hitting either while leaned over can be a recipe for disaster. Every morning at work I have to go through a security gate and scan my id card, there's a painted speed bump right by the scanner thingamabob and on a humid/rainy day the paint combined with the incline make it just like putting your foot down on ice!

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post #9 of 28 Old 06-20-2011, 06:00 PM
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No crash, just a close call.
Left the house for work this morning on the KLR, Slight drizzle and the roads were plenty wet from the rain overnight. Got to the first turn, maybe 500 yards from my house, a tight 25 MPH left hander. About half way through the turn I must have hit some oil. Both tires slipped sideways. Fortunitely it was a controlled slip. I thought briefly about low siding but as soon as I felt it start to slip I opened up the apex of the turn and got the bike as vertical as I could until I was clear of the slippery substance then tapped the brakes to lose some speed so I could finish the turn.
Cheap lesson. I took it easy the rest of the way to work.
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Painted lines or bot's dots when wet. Some tar snakes can unsettle some riders. Steel deck bridges. Mossy roads (beware if a canyon or mountain road goes months without daylight). Cattle guards.
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