Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Oregon coast
Bikes: '06 Trek Pilot 5.2 SPA, '07 BikesDirect frame build, '10 GF Wahoo disc
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Originally Posted by leob1
There is NOTHING worse to ride/drive/walk/run/crawl on than chip seal. I would like to meet the person that came up with that idea. At night. Alone. In a dark alley. With a club. And a bucket of tar and some gravel.
Posted by me back in March 2008:
The scourge of road bikes.
Where I live, our pavement starts out fairly smooth when new, but the rain, road traffic, people with studded snow tires (not really needed where I live, but some people think so...) beat up the asphalt filler between the rocks in the pavement, leaving basically just the top of the rocks imbedded in the remaining asphalt, so in a lot of places it's like riding on a gravel road with big rocks, except they don't move around, just bounce the bike around.
A time or two when I rode on 'real' chip seal (thankfully not fresh), it was smoother than most of the roads where I ride most of the time.
Going from an inexpensive aluminum frame/carbon fork to a full carbon frame/fork was nice, much easier on the 50+ body.