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The difference a newly surfaced road makes(6 posts)

The difference a newly surfaced road makesms
Jun 5, 2002 4:33 AM
I am an occasional commuter. Part of my commute is over a three mile stretch of beautiful, but (until this week) rough road. The road has been resurfaced. What a joy. No more dodging potholes or riding int he center of the road (and raising the ire of motorists) to avoid the rutted and rough right edge of the road. My commute was three minutes shorter with no extra effort. The county government has my vote for more road projects.
or an old crappy one!K-Man
Jun 5, 2002 5:04 AM
I ride SE Pennsylvania where the road department just loves to tar and gravel all the roads. Ah!, the joys of an aluminum frame on a freshly tar and graveled road. Not sure we have any smooth roads in my area. You must be living on Easy Street!
I feel your paingrandemamou
Jun 5, 2002 5:15 AM
They love to chip seal roads in Lousiana too. The worst was at hotter than hell in Tx. The road on one part was chip sealed with what appeared to be small boulders.

I have no scientific data but I feel alot faster on smooth roads. On our Thurs. group ride a chip sealed road turns into smooth as glass pavement. Speeds immediately go from 23-24 to 30 plus and the increased speed feels effortless. My guess is it's part mental and part physical.
Chip sealMiklos
Jun 5, 2002 7:04 AM
I have to ride a lot of roads by my house that are chip sealed. The ones they did last year include the road I live along. They used 3/4" gravel. Its rough even on an MTB. The gravel also is not staying on the road. I have lost two windsheilds and most of the paint off my rigs on this stretch of road.

I find that I am 2~3mph faster on smoother on good pavement than on chipseal. Makes me wonder if cars loose fuel efficiency on chipseal also.

Miklos
Not living on Easy Street -- just a golf tournament nearbyms
Jun 5, 2002 5:26 AM
The roads near my house in Baltimore County, Maryland (i.e., northern suburbs of Baltimore) generally sound like yours. The US Senior Golf Open tournament is going to be played in our area at the end of the month. All of the major roads in the area which have been patched or neglected for years are being resurfaced this month. I am not prone to conspiracy theories, but I see a connection.
Depends where in ...JL
Jun 5, 2002 5:29 AM
SE PA. I feel your pain with the tar and gravel roads, but many other roads in my area are getting new pavement. It's a joy. Granted they can't do it fast enough, but seems like it's slowly improving.

BTW, I'm in the Malvern/West Chester area.

Happy riding.

John