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Old 07-31-18, 05:14 PM
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Pavement Paradise !

Almost had a heart attack on todays 24 mile roller loop after work. I have only done this loop a couple times this year and not often over the last several years, because it was like dodging land mines. So when I get done with a little climb I take a left and get ready to beat the hell out of my wheels, and I find Pavement Paradise.
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Had a similar route that I liked except for about a half mile section that would knock your brains out. I expressed this to the local authorities, but was told that nobody lives on that stretch, so no reason to re-pave it because of cost. I received a call from one of the county officials this summer to tell me it was being paved. I’ve been back on it a couple of times since the upgrade, and WOW! Just like riding on glass.
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You live in the Northeast so get your time on it as soon as you can. You have to know that this winter will have it's effect.
Enjoy, Frank.
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I love when that happens! Enjoyo!
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In this neck of the woods (PNW), any non-freeway repaving ends up being chipseal. Good argument for 38c tires...
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Old 08-01-18, 02:08 PM
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That's fantastic. Here in SC the state is hell bent on repaving everything one pot hole at the time. I thought they had paved a road so I adjusted my ride the next day to take advantage of it. Nope, they pave less than half. The other half is still a pig trail.
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Enjoy the fresh pavement; a bad road surface I used to ride routinely which includes high speed downhill (the only way I go high speed) inspired me to switch to carbon from my teeth rattling all aluminum frame. Of course shortly after going carbon they repaved the road; however, no regrets going carbon. Nothing like gliding on fresh pavement.
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Old 08-02-18, 09:05 AM
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Joni Mitchell had something to say about this. ...
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Sigh. When they repaved a local road like that, I wasn't so fortunate. They paved in a permanent ripple in the surface, so I almost get seasick riding over it.
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Ditto, some stretches of my favorite routes were freshly chipsealed last year, which was better than the bombed out pavement but not ideal for cycling. But recently some stretches have been freshly smooth-topped. It's wonderful. And you can see it in the Strava times for almost everyone who rides those routes -- everyone is getting faster.
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I had a similar favorite stretch that they finally paved, there was no avoiding the broken crumbling asphalt. Even in a car it jarred your bones. One day I rolled up on it just as the workmen were pulling the barricades off of it after having just laid the asphalt on it. Here I was, the first person to ride a new, completely smooth asphalt! I zoomed up it at break neck speed. Then stopped near the end as my front tire went flat. It seems they put a lot of recycled tires in the asphalt, and some broken metal wires from the tires belts had stuck straight up and neatly punctured my tire. I twas easy to find, and as I gazed up to look at the road from my crouched position fixing the tire I could see a half dozen wires sticking up all across the new road.

A car tire would probably mash them right down, or would break them off. A bike tire neatly picked it up as it punctured the tire and tube.

So, in some cases I'd give it a few days before you ride your bike on it!
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