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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.
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!
 
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