Rode three flavors, grades actually, of Chipseal near La Pine Oregon, and Mt. Bachelor. The aggregate and tar was blended as crunchy, crunchier, and crunchiest. Even with a Ti bike, 290 TPI tires, and a carbon fork, the crunchiest sections made my hands and feet go numb.
Considering roads were originally made for cyclists, Chipseal is such a mixed blessing.
Roads are not merely paved or unpaved, smooth or rough, they are complex characters revealing their true natures when the rubber meets the road – Kent’s bike blog.
In the mountains, on Forest Service roads, you can ride for hundred of miles, and many of them will rattle your bones. The uneven, rough surface drains the momentum out of your legs.
Issue 15 drops next month and the theme is the mountains. We’ll have more stories about our rides, including this one on road, and dirt.