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Mpls. St Paul riders; Major gravel hazard(10 posts)

Mpls. St Paul riders; Major gravel hazardgs6769
Jul 25, 2002 5:13 PM
Look out if you're riding in the vicinity of the Stone Arch Bridge. Many of the side streets in the area are covered in loose gravel in preparation for resurfacing. It's all over the neighborhood from Washington Ave all the way across the river to University. Road rash and pinch flats lurk.
Thanks for the heads up. BTW: Anyone Riding Oberstar 100? (nm)Scot_Gore
Jul 25, 2002 7:28 PM
Thanks for the heads up. BTW: Anyone Riding Oberstar 100? (nm)gs6769
Jul 26, 2002 3:18 AM
What is this Oberstar 100 of which you speak? Sounds interesting.
Oberstar 100 Links & DetailsScot_Gore
Jul 26, 2002 4:19 AM
I'm signed up, if you decide to do it be sure to introduce yourself. Scot

Here's Penn Cycles link to Oberstar 100 info:
http://penncycle.com/site/page.cfm?PageID=262

Here's Congressman's Oberstar's link:
http://computerpro.com/~oberstar/ride.htm

Here's the ride description pasted off the site:

What - The Oberstar 100 is a century ride through the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul in Minnesota. This ride is for experienced cyclists comfortable riding in moderate traffic and able to sustain a 12 to 15 mph average for 100 miles. This event is not for beginning cyclists or riders used to riding on trails."

When - Sunday, Sept. 1st, from 10 am to 6 pm, starting and ending at Penn Cycle, 3916 W. Old Shakopee Rd in Bloomington, MN

Why - The Oberstar 100 is a fund-raiser for cycling's best friend on Capitol Hill in DC. 100 people will pay $100 to ride this event and help Congressman Jim Oberstar complete his first ever century ride.

Cost - $100 to register for this limited space event.
Dinner - Post-event dinner at Quality Bicycle Products with Congressman Oberstar and cool bike stuff giveaway included in registration fee.

Ride - Ride will be fully supported, with rest stops and guides. Route will be mostly flat, winding through the south suburbs of Minneapolis and St. Paul, on low traffic roads with mostly wide shoulders.

How to register- call Gary Sjoquist at (952) 941-9391, ext 288 or garys@bikesbelong.org for more details. Or you can register on our Contributions Page by clicking here.

More details - Will be posted by Penn Cycle on their web site http://www.penncycle.com
Hey Scot_Gore, thanks for the tip! great way to start Sept. (nm)gs6769
Jul 26, 2002 6:20 AM
re: Mpls. St Paul riders; Major gravel hazardaliensporebomb
Jul 25, 2002 7:35 PM
Also, in Bloomington they are starting to do this. A friend of mine knows the local
railroad (Progressive) and City of Bloomington is paying them to truck in 100
Gondola cars of decorative stone for various projects. Well, I think I finally have
figured out what the stone is used for.

They're already laying down asphalt with the stones over it - so be careful in the Bloomington area the next few months as well. So far it's just the 94th and Penn
area to 35W (the Holiday Inn entrance road at 94th is where they first started
it, then they moved on to Aldrich....)

Be careful out there, hey?
Ouch! They're making it tough but we will prevail!! (nm)gs6769
Jul 26, 2002 3:21 AM
Does this affect River Road?filtersweep
Jul 26, 2002 4:43 AM
-as in West River Rd? I really hate how they "resurface" the roads when they add ten times as much gravel as needed... it can render the road unrideable for months.

BTW- anyone notice how they filled in all the potholes on the road around Lake of the Isles for that triathlon last weekend? I actually miss those little guys....
Does this affect River Road?gs6769
Jul 26, 2002 6:27 AM
Didn't see any gravel on West River but they're frickin' sneaky with that stuff!

Yeah, that 'technical' course around L.o.t.I. had it's charm. Haven't seen it since the tri. I'll check it out. A piece of wheel-killing Mpls cycling history bites the dust.
Threading the needlefiltersweep
Jul 26, 2002 1:36 PM
Definitely has its charm- and I've grown to know every pothole intimately... they become old friends.

I still swear that I see you about 80% of my rides... I think I'll grab a big green TDF hand and wave at you on my next ride ;)