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Fresh tarmac

geoffgomezgeoffgomez Posts: 34
edited April 2012 in The bottom bracket
Out yesterday and suddenly noticed I was zipping along in blissful silence; council had put a fresh road surface on a couple of miles of one of my favourite loops. Anyway my Mrs really didn't understand when I was trying to explain why this was such a great thing so I had to post here. Love riding on fresh tarmac :D

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  • rozzer32rozzer32 Posts: 3,683
    It is a nice feeling.

    Just be careful when it gets really sunny and hot as no doubt some of the oil will seep to the surface, which won't be grippy.
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  • CambsNewbieCambsNewbie Posts: 564
    Wow! I've heard rumours of such a thing but thought it was one of those myths.. :P
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  • alihisgreatalihisgreat Posts: 3,872
    Was driving in Warwickshire... the roads near Lemington Spa going over to towards the M45 and M1 are incredible.

    Then as soon as you cross back into Cambridgeshire/Bedfordshire your car is filled road noise, and you're shaken to bits by potholes..

    The local high way maintenance seem to have made the method there they just dump a load of tar over the current surface, and cover it in chips their favourite resurfacing method :x


    I envy anyone that gets to ride on 1/2 decent tarmac... let alone a full new smooth surface!
  • jonsijonsi Posts: 44
    I know exactly what you mean!

    Where I live there is about a mile and a half of an uphill slog to get home which up until recently had the most horrendous surface to ride on and you would get shaken about and couldn't build up any momentum. The council then resurfaced the last mile or so and it is almost a pleasure to ride it now - even carrying my excess weight!!
  • This is one of the things that we really get spoiled with here in Dubai.

    There are not that many safe places to ride, but when we do ride, the roads are perfect - really smooth and well constructed.

    There are downsides, with crazy drivers, sand storms and the incredible heat in summer......but the roads....lovely.
  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 9,757
    Yup - this was filmed last week....

    http://youtu.be/aGo7PFk_vUQ?hd=1

    (wasn't going to post it, but now someone else has mentioned the joy of a new smooth stretch of tarmac)

    brand new stretch between East Leake and Bunny: 3/4 mile of buttery smooth surface. It takes WAY less effort to cycle on this stretch and Endomondo does show the lower time along there.
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  • Yup - this was filmed last week....

    http://youtu.be/aGo7PFk_vUQ?hd=1

    (wasn't going to post it, but now someone else has mentioned the joy of a new smooth stretch of tarmac)

    brand new stretch between East Leake and Bunny: 3/4 mile of buttery smooth surface. It takes WAY less effort to cycle on this stretch and Endomondo does show the lower time along there.

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    *Wonders if Vesterberg 'll click on http://youtu.be/aGo7PFk_vUQ?hd=1* :wink:
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  • Frank the tankFrank the tank Posts: 6,553
    Smooth fresh tarmac, a male cyclists dream. OTOH rough as f**k tarmac (as in Jacksdale/ironville) is a female cyclists orgasm. :lol:
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  • deswellerdesweller Posts: 5,175
    They've recently done some long bits on the A466 down to Chepstow. I thought I had a puncture; not used to getting no feedback from the tyres!
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  • ilm_zero7ilm_zero7 Posts: 2,213
    fresh tarmac - my friend work for EDF - let me know where it is and we can get it dug up in a matter of weeks
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 65,261 Lives Here
    They did a section on Victoria embankment a few weeks ago. Turned it into a skating rink.

    Two or 3 of the commuter lot fell off there, and witnessed many more.
  • Smooth fresh tarmac, a male cyclists dream. OTOH rough as f**k tarmac (as in Jacksdale/ironville) is a female cyclists orgasm. :lol:

    Still love the old joke; two nuns cycling home take a shortcut down a cobbled street, one says to the other "I've never come this way before".
  • 2Phat4Rapha2Phat4Rapha Posts: 238
    Top dressing on the A332 into Windsor Sunday. Loose gravel and the speeding Clarkson-brains was like riding through shrapnel. Freezing headwind too (both directions! wtf?) :evil:
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  • pottsstevepottssteve Posts: 4,069
    What you need is a ProTour race. They just did the Bemelerberg a couple of weeks before the Amstel Gold Race. It's lovely now. :D
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