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Old 01-27-16, 04:19 PM
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Worst Paved Road Award

Okay, I'm now a bit north of Santa Barbara. So I think it's time that I hand out an award for the worst road(s) to bike on seeing as how I've covered enough of 6 counties plus a bit of another. Drum roll please.

The worst roads for biking on in 2016 goes to... the University of California in Santa Barbara (aka UCSB and really, it's located in Goleta).

But it was inspiring to see all those racks filled with bikes! Reminded me of the train station and the plane station in Amsterdam.
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Old 01-27-16, 04:22 PM
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Kelbaker road, though I've heard they were going to finally resurface it. Not so long ago, the cattle guards were the best part of the road.

If Kelbaker gets repaved, I'd put in Borrego-Salton Sea Way, just west of Salton City.
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Old 01-27-16, 11:57 PM
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haven't ridden or driven kelbaker in a looong time. been wanting to tho. it would be great if it's been repaved recently.

worst i've ridden lately was the previously mentioned s22 east of the san diego/imperial counties border to hwy 86.
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Ugh, that patch of Dillon road right before lunch on the TdPS. My teeth still hurt.

My drive way is pretty bad too. Gaping chasms.
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Drum Canyon road, out near Solvang area. Last paved in 1939. The pavement that's left moves under your tires as you ride! Planet Ultra took Drum off the Solvang Double route several years ago; thankfully.

I would nominate Jack Rabbit Trail from Breathless Agony, but that's not supposed to be paved . . . is it?

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Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR
I would nominate Jack Rabbit Trail from Breathless Agony, but that's not supposed to be paved . . . is it? Rick / OCRR
Pretty sure I saw some asphalt fossils scattered here & there on that one. Relics from those halcyon days of yesteryear...

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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
Ugh, that patch of Dillon road right before lunch on the TdPS. My teeth still hurt.

My drive way is pretty bad too. Gaping chasms.
THIS! I think that was the worst road I've ever ridden on.
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Mt Hollywood and Vista Del Valle -- the "paved" roads up the backside of Griffith Observatory -- have craters and gravel, pretty good pitch with lots of switchbacks, plus tourists and horses.

Cyclocross anyone?

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Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR
. The pavement that's left moves under your tires as you ride!

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Sounds like about every unincorporated (County) strip in the SGV.

Most of the segments are less than a mile, and often only a block or two, but you can almost always tell where the city limit lines are just from the third world pavement.

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I'd just say "San Diego" in general. 3rd world countries have better roads.
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Yerba Buena in Ventura County.
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Originally Posted by vertical bob
Yerba Buena in Ventura County.
would be a pretty decent descent twere it repaved from top to bottom.
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nominating old ridge route rd 10 miles north of the
old ridge route/lake hughes rd intersection (near
castaic lake) right up
to the road's junction w/pine canyon rd to the
north 15 miles later. yes...15 miles of bad road.
fascinating, desolate, full of history, scenic and worth
riding tho. bring your 28's.
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evan hughes highway between Plaster City and Ocotillo in Imperial County

Not sure it can be considered paved

There is a stretch of smooth (new) but the rough parts will rattle your soul
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The landslide area in Palos Verdes rollers always get my full attention when riding through...with the added bonus that the pavement never seems to stop shifting at least a little bit. A different adventure every time you ride!
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^the landslide stretch currently is "buttery" compared to
how it was in the 70's-80's. curious what the annual rpv
budget is for repaving in that stretch because the pavé
is always newish through there.
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So OP, you picked UCSB bike paths, which have maybe 1 or 2 cracks/bumps total, for worst paved over Farren (3-4 miles north, off of the 101 immediately after exiting Goleta), which is actually just one giant pothole? *golf clap*
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Originally Posted by raceboy
The landslide area in Palos Verdes rollers always get my full attention when riding through...with the added bonus that the pavement never seems to stop shifting at least a little bit. A different adventure every time you ride!
Pft--you guys are spoiled. It's been lovely both times I've been over it:

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Originally Posted by interungulate
So OP, you picked UCSB bike paths, which have maybe 1 or 2 cracks/bumps total, for worst paved over Farren (3-4 miles north, off of the 101 immediately after exiting Goleta), which is actually just one giant pothole? *golf clap*
you got sucked in by the giant troll.

*golf clap*

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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
you got sucked in by the giant troll.

*golf clap*

LOL - that I did.
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The PV landslide area is pretty smooth these days. Six months ago, a big crack in the northbound side almost swallowed my bike. They've patched it since.

oogo, you are right. It is vastly improved from when I used to test my racing skills through there in the 70s and 80s.
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Originally Posted by SanDiegoSteve
I'd just say "San Diego" in general. 3rd world countries have better roads.
I second this. San Diego roads are horrible. Especially in east county.
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Riverside Drive around the Equestrian 'hood in Burbank sucks in both directions...that little beatdown is no fun late in the ride back home!
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