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Old 09-05-07, 06:21 PM
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What's your road like?

Hi
The attached photos were taken right outside my house after a storm a few years ago. The road has since been improved (but not by much).

Anybody live in a worse road than this? Would you consider it something to complain about or would you treat it as a "challenge"?

Incidentally I am not in some remote part of the country but within 20 miles of the heart of Sydney, Australia's largest city.
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Old 09-05-07, 08:05 PM
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wow .. that certainly looks like a challenge. I'd be writing a letter or two to my local political rep about that .. I hope it works out for you soon.
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Old 09-09-07, 08:11 AM
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Fender-up and stop complaining.
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Looks a lot like my road...and seeing how I own my road I have no one but myself to blame for the crappy maintenance However it does keep non essential traffic to a minimum

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Old 09-09-07, 09:56 AM
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Not that much different from mine...we share a private drive with three other homes, originally fairly smooth, packed gravel, but the other three houses have two hulking SUVs apiece and they tear it up. Our Honda and Mazda barely leave a footprint. It's only about 100 yards to the county road, though
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Old 09-10-07, 06:21 AM
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Fortunately, only a temporary situation. I was told 3 weeks, but we're on week 5 now. Our mail is delivered a 1/4 mile up the road.

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Mate, I would love to ride on those roads! Haven't been home to Oz in years. Sniff, sniff.

Some of the roads I have around here are about the same as yours, but we don't get the storms (or snakes, or spiders, etc.) like you do. I would just get a good set of tyres and keep going.
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Old 09-10-07, 03:00 PM
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ive seen better, but ive seen worse. luckily i dont ride road, and most of the worst roads in my area have been repaved
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I actually liked it when it snowed here when I was a year round commuter, bad snows meant most people stayed home till the plows went through.

When I commuted all the time I prefferred a road bike because the skinny tires cut through the snow easier for less fatigue, doesn't work the same in sand though!

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sorry, but around here in Canada, thats just a large snowfall. a hurricane swept through here a long time ago called Juan and was pretty bad. then we had a Blizzard, nicknamed white Juan. atleast twice as much snow (in places), and power was out for around a week. and i forgot to take pictures. o well, search it in google.

http://www.atl.ec.gc.ca/weather/seve...whitejuan2.jpg this is the storm from above, NS is the penincala.

http://www.ec.gc.ca/EnviroZine/image...hitejuan_l.jpg some cars...
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Over here we have had several areas Flooded this year so you can expect Rivers to be running anywhere. Only problem with flooded roads is the debris left afterwards. Problem with flooded trails though-That is a different matter with trails getting 12" ruts in them and what used to be a muddy patch being a 2' deep bog.
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Originally Posted by norco_rider77 View Post
sorry, but around here in Canada, thats just a large snowfall. a hurricane swept through here a long time ago called Juan and was pretty bad. then we had a Blizzard, nicknamed white Juan. atleast twice as much snow (in places), and power was out for around a week. and i forgot to take pictures. o well, search it in google.

http://www.atl.ec.gc.ca/weather/seve...whitejuan2.jpg this is the storm from above, NS is the penincala.

http://www.ec.gc.ca/EnviroZine/image...hitejuan_l.jpg some cars...
Even by Canadian standards, this last winter in Denver was a bad one. The picture of the truck is round one (29"). The other pictures are a week later (15") and we got 5 more storms after that. We had packed ice (not snow) until mid-March with some ruts up to 12" deep. Officially, we had snow on the gound for 59 days...very abnormal.
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I actually liked it when it snowed here when I was a year round commuter, bad snows meant most people stayed home till the plows went through.

When I commuted all the time I prefferred a road bike because the skinny tires cut through the snow easier for less fatigue, doesn't work the same in sand though!

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It's fun to ride in 4 to 6". We had up to 4 feet of this crap in 2 weeks! Not fun riding at all. And I saw a plow on my street once...just after those pictures were taken. I still managed to ride 12 days in January, however
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a few years ago I lived up north in pierson, and one morning after a serious snow the towns plow went through and did their 'normal' halfway plow job, pushing the snow into the main road -assuming- the state plow would clear the road out as usual, well when the state plow came through they just angled the blade and pushed everything back accross the intersections. I got in the truck to go to work, got to the main road and found a 4ft snow bank all the way accross the road, every road into town wa blocked like that

I went home, jumped on the bicycle carried it over the bank and went to work, I was the only guy in pierson to get to work on time that day, everyone else had to wait for the plow to come back through.

for winter fun take one of the old adult trikes out in an icy parking lot!

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Here are some of my road. As you can see sometimes it's not so good, others not so bad.

http://www.pbase.com/ftsoft/image/69484942.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/ftsoft/image/85497777.jpg

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