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Old 09-20-11, 06:58 PM   #1
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Eucalyptus making my commute hazardous

The eucalyptus trees here are dropping thousands of leaves and nuts. Even if it's dry, the road is quite hazardous. The nuts are about the size of cherries and when run over, the tire slides one way and the nut shoots off another way. The leaves make me nervous even when it's dry outside.

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Old 09-20-11, 07:05 PM   #2
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Where are you? Australia?

I hear those trees are pretty crazy. The Giant Redwood of the southern hemisphere (but much more dangerous, partly for reasons you've pointed out).

Have you tried riding wider tires or lowering the pressure on them? That's probably the only fix. Or move to a different part of the country maybe.
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Old 09-20-11, 07:12 PM   #3
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I'm in San Francisco, CA. I'm running 60PSI in 700x42 tires.
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There's not much you can really do, but I would check your spokes and rim trueness often.
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Maybe get a penny farthing bike to roll over the debris better??
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Same thing with acorns here in the east.
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Yeah, having the same problem here in SoCal. I just change routes for a few months until the rain washes them away.
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I'll bet your sinuses are tuned up though. I love the smell of eucalyptus trees.
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Try wet oak leaves with acorns under them, nice.
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The eucalyptus trees here are dropping thousands of leaves and nuts. Even if it's dry, the road is quite hazardous. The nuts are about the size of cherries and when run over, the tire slides one way and the nut shoots off another way. The leaves make me nervous even when it's dry outside.


That's all you have to worry about? Where I ride, eucalyptus trees fall and kill people:

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/o...nley-tree.html
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Does going OTB as a result of these trees count? I didn't die, but I did have to seek emergency medical treatment.
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