Ti me up
For real. I'll take a short stretch of bad road over long stretch of cobbles any day (not that I like the bad road, either). Or out in the country west of D/FW, there are a lot of roads where they've had farm machinery go over them when the blacktop was soft, and gives you a nasty grooved thing that can go on for miles. Did a group ride last year on my one-and-only aluminum road bike (low-end one with harsh, buzzy frame, since disposed of). Grooved pavement, frame that passes along every vibration and needing to pee real bad are a horrible combo!CycloPathic said:bad cobbles will make your road look like silky velodrome, it is harder then unpaved trails or fireroads. I killed headset riding cobbles. For bad roads you want fatter tires, 32 spokes, steel frame/fork, comfortable seat and good quality headset, well adjusted not too tight or loose. Stay relaxed as much as possible, no death grip and in bad section get off the saddle.