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    Car free Sept 08 citylove's Avatar
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    Chicago People! Road conditions?

    Hey Chicagoans, are you out there?

    I moved to a new neighborhood and will be riding for the first time in a while so I am unfamiliar with my new route. I am wondering what bike conditions are like on Elston these days? Last time I rode (January) the debris was so bad that I got a flat (through my gator skins!). Wondering if there's a chance it is better? Thinking of taking Lincoln Ave south instead.

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    Lincoln Ave is terrible all sizes of potholes in both directions and with most of the streets messed up at this point I would only use a mountain bike with fatter tires
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    Chicago roads are highly pot-holed during a normal spring, this year is epic. I'd put 700x35 touring tires like these on your Cross Check;

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    Car free Sept 08 citylove's Avatar
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    Thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate it!! Didn't think of potholes for some reason!

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