Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) - What's the best bike for rding on Oil and Chip Roads
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05-29-11, 03:31 PM
90% of my riding is on country roads that they spray an Oil base on then spread a thin layer of 1/4" limestone chips on top. Soon the oil will leach thru and the roads will become soft and oily. If you have experienced this how do you deal with it?
05-29-11, 05:26 PM
I don't know if you need a whole different type of bike, but if your current bike has very skinny tires, moving up a width or two can help with the limestone chips. For example, going from a 23 or 25C to 28C, assuming your bike can fit them.
05-29-11, 05:52 PM
Fenders with mudflaps can be a good idea as that tar & oil crap will fly up and stick to everything. It's a cheap and nasty way to make roads.
If they have been recently done I would suggest waiting a few weeks and use different roads if you can. They do that around here on some roads and it's pretty difficult for my road bikes to navigate. Usually after a few weeks of the loose stone being pitched in to people's yards and off to the shoulder the road gets much easier to use.
05-29-11, 08:05 PM
A touring bike (or cychocross bike) with fenders and 28-32 tires is what I would recommend. Built to handle a load plus wider tires for the irregular surface. True chip and seal doesn't even get uniformly smooth with use.
A bike that's easy to clean.
i wish our chip sealed roads were "soft"...
i opened the thread thinking it would be about how rough the ride is. just like you, my ride is about 90% country roads of chip seal, and they're bumpy as all "******", even when smooth, they're bumpy/rough.
i've actually started to ride on more trafficked roads just because they are smoother.
i ride a Specialized Roubaix, which is suppose to be good at absorbing bumps, but constant road vibrations and bumps (from farm tractor impressions in the road) are getting annoying.
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