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Metal grates...(11 posts)

Metal grates...stlman
Oct 16, 2001 4:13 AM
What is the general consensus on metal grates on bridges, ride or walk?? I have seen what "appears" to be experienced riders doing both.
re: Metal grates...morey
Oct 16, 2001 4:33 AM
I have done both, however now that I am older, I walk. Metal grates are dangerous.
re: Metal grates...look271
Oct 16, 2001 5:00 AM
If they're not wet, I ride CAREFULLY. If they're wet. Forget it. I walk. I've known of too many people going down on these cheese graters.
re: Metal grates...vanzutas
Oct 16, 2001 6:14 AM
If you are talking about steel grate bridges I stay right away from them. to fall on that would hurt like hell.
re: Metal grates SUCKdzrider
Oct 16, 2001 6:28 AM
I ride slowly unless they're wet or the roadway is very narrow. I don't feel much more secure walking them on cleats and I can't imagine taking my shoes off.
Oct 16, 2001 6:37 AM
I almost always ride them, even with moisture.

My main approach is not to pedal or vary direction at all. Any change in direction or torque can cause a slide. I probably also hold my breath, but I can't claim that's a fundamental part of the technique.
re: Metal grates...morey
Oct 16, 2001 6:59 AM
The general consensus appears to be that bikes and grates do not mix!
re: Metal grates...cogsworth
Oct 16, 2001 7:18 AM
I read somewhere (can't remeber where) about a metal grate bridge causing several separate accidents in the Tour DuPont years ago. I always walk.
re: Metal grates...speed-chump
Oct 16, 2001 8:15 AM
Dry - no problem.
Wet - death.

When I was young and (more) stupid, i hit a grate in the
rain on my MTB with slicks. I got all kinds of crossed
up and almost went down in traffic. Imagine a car running
over you and extruding your flesh thru the grate. AAAAHHH!
I shudder every time I remember that incident.

Never had any problems when it's dry, though.

Does anybody here ride them wet? I had never done it before,
and have been afraid to try it since. Was it just a fluke?
"car running over you and extruding your flesh thru the grate"!Tig
Oct 16, 2001 9:31 AM
Wow, that pretty much sums it all up. The visualization is clear to me now! Just say NO to wet metal grates.
..grate your teeth, Pilgrums :) ..breck
Oct 16, 2001 1:51 PM
Steel rail road track-bar cattle grates are a common feature of the back country. Back when the roads were put in the local ranchers were appeased by these 4-foot wide flush to the road cattle barriers to keep their cattle on range. Steer in this context applies to both the back country beef and the beef of cussin' if you get a bum steer over them :)

These are regular RR steel rail spaced about 4" apart and welded in place with vertical steel pipe on each end as anchor post for the barbed wire fence. You cannot get around them and as there is no flat land 'round here they typically are on steep roads and always hidden just around a sharp bend. Many a tourist go down regularly on these or flat a front tire; pop a front spoke.

My strategy is to approach the grates ..winter, spring, summer, fall ..good weather, rain, ice, snow ...with cool calculated calm focus. As the front tire hits the front tie, lift the front wheel up; suspend yourself in mid air being as weightless as possible; lift the back wheel up as you go over. Keep the hands on top of the bars and be relaxed; as this keeps you from the tendency to panic-brake ...the worst you could do. Keep the pedals level and load up the BB a bit. Mebee say a little prayer as it will be over quick and you will not have time to put your makeup on, Diana (King :)

Say a little prayer for you, say a little prayer for you
From the moment mi wake up
Before mi put on mi make up
Mi say a little prayer for you
While riding mi bike now
Mi a wonder what thought that old cow
Mi say a little prayer for you ....etc :)