Freeway Cracks & Grooves

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Freeway Cracks & Grooves

#1 Unread post by glossyredz » Tue Nov 15, 2005 12:54 pm

Just started riding freeways here in California and there are some patches of road where there are grooves and cracks. When I ride on a groove, it tends to make my bike feel unstable or loose. When on a crack, its almost like getting stuck on it, like a train on tracks. I usually avoid the cracks/grooves when I'm familiar with the road, but when riding to unfamiliar areas, I cant help but running into a crack/groove here and there. I would appreciate any tips on handling these cracks/grooves on the freeway.

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#2 Unread post by DustyJacket » Tue Nov 15, 2005 1:09 pm

Relax your arms, and let it wobble a bit. This is normal.

Some bikes do better on rain grooves with a fork brace.
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#3 Unread post by Ions001 » Tue Nov 15, 2005 4:59 pm

It just takes some getting used to. When I first started riding it would really scare the crap out of me.

I also notice that if my tire pressure is a little low it seems to drift a little more than usual.
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#4 Unread post by DJGroove » Tue Nov 15, 2005 5:42 pm

I ride the 101 everyday to work, I know exactly what you are talking about!

The best advice has been stated: Relax your arms, let the bike find it's own way straight. You'll get more comfortable with the "wandering" feeling.
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#5 Unread post by Sev » Tue Nov 15, 2005 5:57 pm

Like everyone else said, you gotta just go with it. If you try to fight it you'll overcompensate and risk and accident. And if you try to force yourself out of a track or groove well bad things will come of it.
Of course I'm generalizing from a single example here, but everyone does that. At least I do.

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#6 Unread post by 9000white » Tue Nov 15, 2005 8:50 pm

look at your tires,if they have a center groove around the circumference of the tire this is a continuous center groove--they suck in rain grooves--when it is time to get new tires get ones with a discontinuous center groove.
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#7 Unread post by glossyredz » Wed Nov 16, 2005 1:44 pm

Just wanted to thank you all for the advice. I'm not so nervous anymore.. knowledge is definately a confidence booster. Thanks for dropping some on me.

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#8 Unread post by Shenanigans7 » Mon Nov 21, 2005 1:11 am

yea, check out the tires. in my MSF course i just took, they said tires like dunlop (that i think come on the harley's) have straight tread, where as others have a criss-cross or zig-zag pattern. just depends. obviously, the straight ones are going to want to follow the rain grooves.
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#9 Unread post by Sev » Mon Nov 21, 2005 9:31 am

Zig zag will try to follow the grooves. It's more a question of area of contact and simulated leans that makes the bike wobble back and forth so quickly in those cracks then the tread pattern.

How do I know? Mine barely have a tread on them, but what is ther zigzags back and forth across the tire, and I still get the wobbles in the grooves. Which is why I try to avoid them.

It's been mentioned before, but the easiest way to avoid those cracks and potholes is to watch where they aren't. Look where you want your bike to go, not at what you're scared of.
Of course I'm generalizing from a single example here, but everyone does that. At least I do.

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