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    What's the best bike for rding on Oil and Chip Roads

    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?

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    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.

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    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.
    Uhmm...

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    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.

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    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.

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    A bike that's easy to clean.
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    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.
    Well everybody in Casablanca has problems. Yours may work out.
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