So I just moved back to Philly after being in college in a town with nice smooth roads. I started biking in Philly but it was on a mountain bike, and so when I brought my road bike back to the city I found that many of the streets in town are more akin to riding off-road than to riding on actual streets. Massive cracks, potholes, craters, canyons, lumps and so forth, throughout the city. So with my high-pressure skinny tires it's been pretty nasty, not to mention the unpredictable cracks and holes that you can't see till its too late and end up giving the bike a nasty jolt, which cannot be good for it.
Aside from getting a hybrid or mountain bike, which is not an option because I'm still trying to find a job, does anybody know ways to combat this problem? The first (and only) thing that comes to my mind is to get as fat of tires as my current wheels can handle, or to ride with lower pressure in the tires I have now which seems like a bad idea. Any other tips? Anybody else live in a city where you basically are off-roading all the time?