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    I wonder why they don't chip seal the interstates?

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    Chip seal is normal here, yesterday I rounded a blind 90 degree turn which is at the crest of a small hill at about eighteen mph. When to my surprise I discovered a county patching crew stopped dead in my lane spraying a patch across the incoming lane, no warning no flag man, just a honking big truck stopped dead in my lane shooting loose ground limestone across the only place I had to go. Pucker factor, oh crap, feather brakes, bleed off speed, no lean and steer around with gravel spraying my bike and the tires picking it up in the tar sticking to them.

    I must have been holding my mouth just right no wipe out, but I paid back the luck God with pedaling into an eight mph headwind the last eight miles of the ride...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
    I wonder why they don't chip seal the interstates?
    Heavy trucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
    I wonder why they don't chip seal the interstates?
    Parts of the Aberdeen freeway (not an interstate) were chip sealed. Chip seal here is great for auto/truck winter traction but wears tires like crazy. We get heavy truck. But we've mild weather. I can't see chip seal holding up well in freezing cold weather areas.
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    As a kid growing up in Connecticut in the 1960s, the crews would put down oily tar on the paved roads, and then rather than stone chips, they used sand. It was crazy! The place was like a beach in an oil refinery for weeks!

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    not only do I prefer a 28 rear on these roads but for longer rides I double glove the hands.

    I was especially mad at this chip seal operation because I missed my chance to pedal it smoothly. Good asphalt (tarmac) is just so much nicer.
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    But did the guy buzz you or no?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jseis View Post
    Parts of the Aberdeen freeway (not an interstate) were chip sealed. Chip seal here is great for auto/truck winter traction but wears tires like crazy. We get heavy truck. But we've mild weather. I can't see chip seal holding up well in freezing cold weather areas.
    Last week I passed a crew just starting to chip seal. I got about 1/2 mi. down the road and was facing a short but pretty steep hill. Couldn't shift down to my small ring. Ended up cross chaining and going up in 50x27. it really sucked and I was pissed because it was a new SRAM Red Yaw derailleur. Later discovered that some of the grit from the road crew had lodged in the front derailleur. Another reason to hate chip seal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
    I wonder why they don't chip seal the interstates?
    Auto glass shops wonder the same thing.
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