weirdest surface you've ridden on?
We have some very odd shaped and slippy “north shore” style bridges on one of my fave trails. Put there by the local forestry bods to help folks walk over gaps and small gorges through the woods.
They are cut down trees, round with branches cut off, not sliced through to create a flat surface, noooo that would be too easy, they’ve left them log shaped and they are both very odd to walk over and ride.
When wet they’re a nightmare.
I’ve yet to understand the logic, so too the folks that have so far broken ankles and twisted knees on them. 🙄Posted 5 years agoRadiomanSubscriber
The scariest and least forgiving I encounter is the “wet clay under leaves” , found at Epping and quite a bit in Herts. You can be riding along with good traction on a nice autumnal bed of leaves and whoosh you go sideways when the under surface suddenly changes to clay. Riding on roots compared to that are a doodle. The only way of preventing a bail out is always being ready and properly balanced. Even then there is no chance of holding a camber when you are traversing a slope as the tyres may grip the leaves, but the leaves certainly don’t grip clay!Posted 5 years agomaxtorqueMember
A strange rutted (8″ deep laterally across the path) bridleway somewhere on the Southdowns, which was hard packed mud, with an inch of wet slippery mud on top, where i think horses had effectively pounded the track into perfect evenly spaced “waves”, where these waves were spaced almost perfectly a bike wheelbase apart. As mentioned above really dam hard to ride, and after about 100 yards i felt really quite queasy! 😉Posted 5 years agosharkiMember
Sun baked mud over gravel/pebbles.
I decided whilst riding a bit of local coast path, to nip off the path and ride across what looked like dry mud, it was crazed in such a manner that each piece had baked like dinner plates. It was basically clay silt from high tides, that had covered a bed of golf ball sized pebbles.Posted 5 years ago
As i rode over it, they rocked, pivoted and generally moved around in a bizarre way. Strange sensation and interesting sound too.
Even more odd as it seemed to be the last time i recall such conditions on a British summer ride.jojoA1Member
Two spring to mind. The damp slatey surface at Whinlatter through the woods. Kept thinking my rear axle/bearings were gone the back end was so squirmy, but not completely all over the place.
Second, the Grey Earth section of the Trans Provence. Looks like it should be loose and drifty, but its super grippy and great fun to hammer natural bermy, jumpy, gullies and bankings without worrying about washing out.Posted 5 years ago
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