I've got to ride along a route where the road has been re-topped with chippings this afternoon.. Got the bike back this morning through heavy rain, taking it uber carefully and I don't want to loose it on the loose stuff or get any road rash by doing anything rash. Any tips? Over.
Riding on loose granite chippings.
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treat it as if
you were riding in icy conditions, ride it like an old granny if you have to!!
sounds like it could be a potential banana skin. I thought that it was supposed to be swept at some stage. It's been down a week, pretty poor job too as they haven't filled the pot holes and a HGV has braked to a level crossing leaving a series a ridges which have now set hard.
I always stand up on the pegs,for some reason it`s safer and easier to control.
good experiance I suppose. Might try the peg standing method, Jaffa, and then how about standing on the seat holding sparklers?" />
and loose,don't tense up,keep your speed down and stay in a lower gear,if you need to slow use your gears,if you need to brake do so when the bike is upright not lent over.I tend to use slightly more back brake in these conditions as if the rear goes squirrely thats better than a front washing out.
Basically relax,ride smooth and keep your speed down, as gravels far more predictable than diesel and water.
Best still,get some MX time in and the gravel will become fun." />
Fortes Fortuna Adiuvat
Thanks, unit of pre-ness, signing off now to give it a go.
!Adios!, amigos, hasta la vista!
You get up on them pegs like the Jaffa man say.
Then you relax like the unit say.
Don't fight them bars boy, let them go where they will.
Should be fun on bike of yours, not fun on jockey style bike.
the rest: ride like you've no brakes, keep your speed down, plan well ahead, and be smooth with all your inputs (clutch / throttle / brakes / steering). And beware of chips flying up and hitting you.
keep an extra safe distance from the car in front, you don't want any unnecessary damage to your bike! " />
Go another way!! It's hardly rocket science is it!! " />
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Stop at the end of the gravel and check the gap between huger (if you have one) and tire. It has been known for chippings to rip straight through a tire.
Other than that as others have advised although I wouldn't be inclined to stand on your pegs but horses for courses
You want to
Stay in the cars' wheel tracks and they'll have swept most of the loose stuff - don't push it though !
everyone. As it happens it was lashing it down so the traffic was going slow enough for me to pootle through it.
Nice one, frazmataz, I even like the colour.