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Worst Hazard in New England = Acorn Nuts on the road(25 posts)

Worst Hazard in New England = Acorn Nuts on the roadMaartin
Sep 11, 2002 11:53 AM
It is that time of year. Here in New England Acorn Nuts are like ball bearings on the road. Acorns and wet leaves on road are the big hazard. What is worst hazard where you live ?
Rattlesnakes...... nmDave Hickey
Sep 11, 2002 11:55 AM
Sep 11, 2002 12:44 PM
Ran one over last week. Stretched out to 5 ft. in the shade it was impossible to see coming in from the sunlight until too late. Ka-smoosh, ka-smoosh. He did wriggle away though, in his own fashion.
Sep 11, 2002 11:59 AM
NJ has more cars per mile of roadway than any other state.
Bloated possum and raccoon in Minnesota. (nm)Quack
Sep 11, 2002 12:05 PM
re: Worst Hazard in New England = Acorn Nuts on the roadirregardless
Sep 11, 2002 12:11 PM
Bicyclists fallen over because of acorn nuts.
Tribulus Terrestristerry b
Sep 11, 2002 12:12 PM
Goatheads, Bullheads, Puncture Vine in other words - Spawn of the Devil. Brought to the US in the early 1900s cloaked in the wool of sheep imported from Greece, Italy and the Levant.

The bane of all southwestern cyclists. Easterners with their bike lanes choked with soggy garbage, acorns and broken crack vials cannot begin to appreciate just how insidious this thing is. The vine even grows in cracks in the asphalt, waiting for you to ride over it.

Interestingly, an extract of this plant is used in the Far East as a treatment for erectile dysfunction. Ironic considering the deflating effect it has on tires.
Here's the little beast its own bad selfterry b
Sep 11, 2002 12:13 PM
Ah yes, the dreaded GOATHEAD!RickC5
Sep 11, 2002 1:49 PM
These monsters have ruined about SIX of my mtn bike tubes here in Colorado. I hate the damned things. Even Mr. Tuffys can't stop them. If you ride through an area that is full of them, they even get stuck in your side walls and kill your tube from the side.

Word of advice: If you're on a ride and see several (or many) stuck in your tire, don't stop and pull them out. Consider your tube to be a victim, and ride like hell back to your car, or whatever. Pulling them out only makes your tires flatter faster.
Once removed 135 from a front tire (nm)terry b
Sep 11, 2002 2:28 PM
Slime to the rescue!astrobiker
Sep 11, 2002 6:27 PM
After a week of fixing flats every day from these things - I bought a pair of slime-filled tubes. Never had a problem again! Every now and then I get a green spewer when I pull a goathead out - but it seals up and lasts until I get a winter freeze in the garage. Then I just spin the tire and reinflate it and Its good for another year!
re: Worst Hazard in New England = Acorn Nuts on the roadaliensporebomb
Sep 11, 2002 12:18 PM
I see the acorns here in Minnesota too.

But what I'm seeing a LOT more of lately is broken glass.

As in green, beer bottle style glass over the roads. The
past two months I'd hardly see any of this at all. Now I'm
super careful to steer past these race-tire-shredders.
It is true - It seems like there is More glass in the fallMaartin
Sep 11, 2002 12:29 PM
or maybe you notice more
Goat headsKen of Fresno
Sep 11, 2002 12:31 PM
Those things are all over the place. Nasty.
Agree, emphatically! (nm)Chen2
Sep 11, 2002 12:53 PM
I've heard about them. What are they?? nmDave Hickey
Sep 11, 2002 1:09 PM
Small very mean looking thorns that will kill a tube instantly.Ken of Fresno
Sep 11, 2002 1:21 PM
Also known as "Tribulus Terrestris." See terry b's post earlier this thread.

Massholes! -nmgrzy
Sep 11, 2002 1:31 PM
Being new to ME, I hear that all the time about Massholes. nmjefajones
Sep 11, 2002 3:11 PM
re: Worst Hazard in New England = Acorn Nuts on the roadgot2ryd
Sep 11, 2002 2:16 PM
I agree with all the posts as far as hazards, but I have to say that motorists are my worst hazard here in the Champlain Valley of VT. Another tire assailant I have had experience with is wire from steel belted tires. I just pulled out a piece the other week.
re: Worst Hazard in New England = Acorn Nuts on the roadGeds
Sep 11, 2002 7:23 PM
Here in Canberra in Aus we have that goathead thing as well, or at least something very similar, its called cathead here I think. And they are nasty, but thankfully not that widespread.

I almost ran over a duck this morning, does that count?
re: Worst Hazard in New England = Acorn Nuts on the roaddesmo
Sep 11, 2002 7:02 PM
wasps, bee, or yellowjackets. not sure which, but one of the bastards flew into my forehead ass-first at about twenty five miles an hour on Monday evening. must've made him pretty mad as he pumped a full shot of venom into me before I could knock 'em away. couldn't believe it, there's only about an 1/8 inch of skin showing between the top of my sunglasses and the edge of my helmet, but bullseye! anyway, my left eye had swollen shut by that evening and I look like the kid from that movie "Mask" (at least Cher and her biker buds are not around to really add insult to injury). still puffed up today but can see out of both peepers again. hopefully be able to get out on the road again tomorrow.
Setting Sun is almost due Westfiltersweep
Sep 11, 2002 8:08 PM
and the sun sets earlier... couldn't see a thing tonight on my way home... and I doubt that I could be seen- it was a bit scary, but I needed to make it home.
Bad news, that means a hard winter..Cartman
Sep 11, 2002 8:15 PM
a lot of acorns = a lot of snow. It is mother natures way of fattening up the deer so they can make it. Two years ago I got hit by a falling acorn while riding along at 20 mph...ouch!
What could be worse than your nuts on the road??? nmSantaCruz
Sep 11, 2002 9:23 PM