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What do you consider safe to run over

Old 03-17-14, 07:53 AM
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What do you consider safe to run over

I've been wondering what can be ran over if needed (being pinched by traffic, etc.)
I'm used to my mountain bike where I can run over pretty much anything except for nails and glass. Right now the roads are littered with those little pebbles on the shoulders, some small sticks. There is also the question of storm grates which I cruise across with my currant bike. Just not sure what to expect with a road bike with the skinny tires. I'm probably going to invest in some gatorskins later on if flats become a daily ride issue
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snakes, squirrels and chipmunks...
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Practice bunnyhopping for potholes and stormdrains etc ...
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Old 03-17-14, 08:00 AM
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Anything that doesn't swallow me whole.

Your bike won't break if you run over a stick unless its one of those Chinese knock-offs then who knows.
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Originally Posted by Bob Dopolina View Post
Anything that doesn't swallow me whole.

Your bike won't break if you run over a stick unless its one of those Chinese knock-offs then who knows.
Which is the Chinese knock-off, the stick or the bike? I always assumed my sticks were Made in America, now I will have to check for labels.
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I draw the line at elk tbh, I normally find they come out of it better than I do.
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Old 03-17-14, 08:11 AM
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Originally Posted by RollCNY View Post
Which is the Chinese knock-off, the stick or the bike? I always assumed my sticks were Made in America, now I will have to check for labels.
Even the ones on the streets of Taiwan?
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It's kind of like radioactivity - there's no known "safe" dose. Sticks can reach up and get caught in your spokes. Pebbles can cause flats. Grains of sand have been known to fell empires. It's best to stay at home on your trainer.

Also, it's best not to learn from experience.
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Originally Posted by RollCNY View Post
Which is the Chinese knock-off, the stick or the bike? I always assumed my sticks were Made in America, now I will have to check for labels.
There are no Chinese knock off sticks since they invented the stick just like they invented everything else from the radio to the automobile. If you don't believe me just ask them.
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Old 03-17-14, 08:42 AM
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it's a long wait until the street sweepers get our and clean up the shoulders
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I'm still waiting for the snow/ice to melt and a good rain to wash out all the debris before I get out and ride. Sticking to the trainer for the time being. However, they did fix all the potholes on my street last week so my car is quite happy about that and my bike will be as well once it comes out to play.
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Originally Posted by Oldhead View Post
I've been wondering what can be ran over if needed (being pinched by traffic, etc.)
I'm used to my mountain bike where I can run over pretty much anything except for nails and glass. Right now the roads are littered with those little pebbles on the shoulders, some small sticks. There is also the question of storm grates which I cruise across with my currant bike. Just not sure what to expect with a road bike with the skinny tires. I'm probably going to invest in some gatorskins later on if flats become a daily ride issue
Ha!

This is funny when I think about my AO. Build for your environment. Everything is a risk, mitigate reasonably. I have flown through unavoidable fields of shattered glass...

I just think of it as, "Road Flak..."



I post ride check my bike, and I go over my treads with a fine toothed comb. It pays to remove what just may work its way into compromising your tire. It takes 5 minutes.
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Old 03-17-14, 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by gc3 View Post
snakes, squirrels and chipmunks...
Small, unleashed canines?

I almost killed a Yorkie a few weeks back.
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OK- an answer with less snark...

If the roads are really a mess, stick with your MTB until conditions improve. If they're just sloppy but don't scare you, then go for it. Use common sense - don't run over big things, don't worry about small things, avoid the medium-sized things if you can. In Minnesota, ice is still an issue and I still have my studded tires on. The sand/pebbles/trash won't be cleaned up for another month or so.

But gatorskins are a good idea for a tough road environment.
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When riding with groups I've noticed that others tend to worry about riding over stuff more than I do. Not saying I'll intentionally ride into a pile of broken glass, but I don't freak out and pull an unsafe maneuver to avoid it, either. Better to run over some glass than to crash or get hit by a car.

Pebbles and sticks are unlikely to cause a puncture. As much as broken glass freaks people out, I fell like it rarely causes punctures. I would guess that it's tops on the worry-to-puncture ratio.
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On a recent ride, a friend of mine rode over the carcass of a dead squirrel. Less than 5 minutes later he had a flat. When he inspected the tire, there was a small piece of squirrel bone stuck in the tire, causing the flat.

Lesson learned: avoid squirrel carcasses.
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Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia View Post
On a recent ride, a friend of mine rode over the carcass of a dead squirrel. Less than 5 minutes later he had a flat. When he inspected the tire, there was a small piece of squirrel bone stuck in the tire, causing the flat.

Lesson learned: avoid squirrel carcasses.
Even soon-to-be carcasses can cause problems.

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Storm grates are generally safe to ride over, except when wet. Unless you live in a place where a clueless DPW has set them with the drain slots running parallel to the road, and not perpendicular to it.

Most towns that still use the grates with longitudinal bars set them the safe way now, and many places use those checkerboard design ones.
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Nailed a cat once at 30mph. It was one of those moments when you see it occurring and time slows down.

I thought we were both going to be toast. But all I felt was a surprisingly light thunk thunk under both tires, and no crash.

I looked back, expecting to see mangled cat, but it was still running normally across the road as if nothing happened!

So, yeah cats.
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was late for work one day, came off an exit too fast (in a 4Runner), and came across a full 4x8 sheet of plywood. no time or room for evasive maneuvers. turns out it was riddled with nails and I got 3 flats. fortunately I was able to roll into a shop that had the ability to plug all the holes. I think in the three tires I had seven holes.

so avoid plywood :-)
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I hvae run over coconuts with no problems. Acorns give me fits though.
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I like to see if I can hit acorns - there's a thrill when you line one up and hit it obliquely and it flies out into traffic or onto the sidewlk!
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I use a fat tired bike for commuting specifically because of the greater number of road hazards commuting vs. open road riding. Traffic limits maneuverability, but also sightlines, and the fat tires are that much more forgiving. My commute also involves some concrete road surfaces where I have to deal with the seams between sections. The road bike requires more care than is possible on the commute, especially at night where it's hard enough to see anything.

So my approach is that rather than worry about the road, I use fat tires and don't (within reason). This has been especially good this Spring where there are potholes big enough to take the tread of an M-1 tank.
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Originally Posted by mprelaw View Post
Storm grates are generally safe to ride over, except when wet. Unless you live in a place where a clueless DPW has set them with the drain slots running parallel to the road, and not perpendicular to it.

Most towns that still use the grates with longitudinal bars set them the safe way now, and many places use those checkerboard design ones.
I'm still gonna avoid them like land mines.
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