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Cattle guards on steep-ish uphill grades?(14 posts)

Cattle guards on steep-ish uphill grades?PseuZQ
Apr 18, 2003 10:51 AM
What's the best way to navigate these, assuming that I can't necessarily cruise over them at speed?

Occasionally I'll come across one with a thin strip of perpendicular metal across it, and I'll be able to ride across on that little strip. Also what I'll do is try to jam out three or four power strokes and coast across, but sometimes I run outta steam. Other times, I use them as an opportunity to stop for a sec on a steep grade and simply get off and walk the bike across. (This is when no one's looking, of course...;-) )

Any thoughts?
re: Cattle guards on steep-ish uphill grades?brider
Apr 18, 2003 11:01 AM
Sit back on the saddle, hands on the bar tops, light touch. Just pedal smoothly and keep going. Might get a little rough, but you should be ablt to make it fine.
walking seems prudent. rather walk than damage rim or tire. nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 18, 2003 11:04 AM
I agreeDave Hickey
Apr 18, 2003 1:23 PM
Don't mess with cattle guards. Last year, there was a rider in a New Mexico race that was very seriously injured when his wheel got caught in a cattle guard.
forgot to mention my close encounter w/ stupidity:PseuZQ
Apr 18, 2003 11:11 AM
And that would be, "Oh, I'll just go around the CG on this little bit of dirt between the fence and the road" conveniently forgetting that almost *all* of those little gaps are closed off with difficult-to-see barbed wire.

I crossed one todayKeeponTrekkin
Apr 18, 2003 3:28 PM
The gaps between the bars were at least 6". I walked across that little strip you mentioned. It was 4" wide. I'm in awe of anyone who can ride that 4" strip with bolt heads sticking up....

I think your method is fine, with a little pedaling...PdxMark
Apr 18, 2003 2:08 PM
to get you across before you run outta steam steam coasting. It's weird and unpleasant, but do-able. I'd avoid trying to ride a thin strip, out of concern for what happens if you ride off of it.

In some cattle guards east of here, the rails don't extend all the way across the road. They stop at the middle, and there's a gap between the rail ends at the ccenter of the road. A horrendously nasty trap for a bike, especially if there are weeds growing up through the cattle guard so you can't see the gap...
hundreds of them around hereDougSloan
Apr 18, 2003 5:03 PM
It's easy. Give it a little surge right before, then lift slightly off the saddle and pedal gently as you cross. No big deal. I do it several times each ride. I have never, ever stopped for one, even if it's steep and pouring down rain.

On a related note,mickey-mac
Apr 18, 2003 5:17 PM
do they make Pit Bull guards? We sure could use some around here.
Variable answers explainedKerry
Apr 19, 2003 5:53 AM
There appears to be no ISO standard for cattle guards (or is that USDA?). I've seen CGs that are a piece of cake to ride over in almost any condition, and then others where you feel like you should answer three questions to get over the Chasm of Death. Your own analysis of the CGs you ride will determine the best way over.
Pardon me, but what is a cattle guard?Ian
Apr 19, 2003 4:47 PM
And where (in the country) are they generally located at? I really have no idea what you guys are talking about.

metal bars in the roadDougSloan
Apr 19, 2003 7:51 PM
Metal bars across the road with sort of a pit under them. Cattle won't cross them.

Find then in areas where cattle are "free range."

some examplesDougSloan
Apr 19, 2003 7:55 PM

Follow up...PseuZQ
Apr 19, 2003 9:35 PM
Applied the suggestions provided here and had no problem today. Rode right over all of them. Mines Road and up the back of Hamilton, if you know the Bay Area.

Wildflowers were amazing!