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Tis the season, now all three of my go to rides are affected
in essential sections. Firstly, this is dangerous for two reasons,
threat of sliding out and a puncture. Secondly, I don't see this
in the majority of cases even practically extending road life.
Thirdly, it will take weeks for the gravel to be driven off the
road surface and months, if ever, for it to be rained off the
berm, which is where drivers want me to be. Lastly and perhaps
most important, this throws me out of my training mindset.
What have I forgotten. Sorry for the rant.
 

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Tis the season, now all three of my go to rides are affected
in essential sections. Firstly, this is dangerous for two reasons,
threat of sliding out and a puncture. Secondly, I don't see this
in the majority of cases even practically extending road life.
Thirdly, it will take weeks for the gravel to be driven off the
road surface and months, if ever, for it to be rained off the
berm, which is where drivers want me to be. Lastly and perhaps
most important, this throws me out of my training mindset.
What have I forgotten. Sorry for the rant.
Actually, a properly done seal coat adds about 5 years to a road's life. Obviously there are a number of factors that influence that. Reality is that society has apparently decided that we don't want to pay to maintain our infrastructure. Simple as that.
 

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Yeah, the old chip seal lament. A couple of years ago they repaved one of the two ways out of my immediate heighborhood. Yay! A few months later they chip sealed it! WTF? Last year they repaved the other way out of my neighborhood. I was bracing for the same chip seal followup, but so far, no. It's two different towns so that may account for the difference.
 

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Crappy road mean a harder work out. Mentally and physically. Think of it that way, since you can't change the roads, but you can change your attitude.
 

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I'm with you 100%. I hate the stuff. Especially when they chip seal it a week or two after fresh paving. When I come upon a fresh chip seal far from home and have to go through it I'm especially concerned I'll pick up a "lump" that will shred my frame when it tries to go through the seat stay arch or the forks. On the old stuff I find myself migrating leftwards to the smooth parts from where the right side car wheels have smoothed it out.

Don't even get me started about when I come upon it in my car!
 
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