Portland Bike Forums (by BikePortland.org)

Go Back   Portland Bike Forums (by BikePortland.org) > General Discussion > General Discussion
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 10-02-2012, 08:30 AM
AJ08 AJ08 is offline
Junior Member
Site Admin
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 22
Default Chestnuts on bike path. Reason to worry?

I'm a new bike commuter and during my ride home the other day I noticed chestnuts all over the bike path. Given their size and round shape it's like someone dumped a bag of ball bearings. Should I worry about them possibly taking me out or can I just ride through them?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 10-02-2012, 09:17 AM
Alan Alan is offline
Senior Member
Site Admin
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 506
Default

I would not want to hit a thick patch of fallen chestnuts with much speed! I'd slow way down, maybe 3-7mph, stand up on the pedals, off the seat, weight slightly back, and brace for unexpected handling reactions. Skinny, high-pressure tires or clipped-in feet are also concerns, if you use those.

You might want to try intentionally running over one or two single chestnuts at a time, at slow speed, to see what it feels like, so you'd have some idea what to expect if you hit some by mistake. It's going to feel quite a bit like hitting a round rock of the same size, so be prepared!

The sharp spines on the husks might puncture some tires, but most commuter tires are tough enough to take it. Even so, I'd avoid them if possible just to avoid that chance of a flat. If you do get a flat, be sure to find the spine that made it through to the tube AND REMOVE IT FROM THE TIRE, completely, or it will probably poke through the tube again.

It would be nice if the route you are riding was swept of those nuts. At least a couple of guys on here have swept various spots themselves, and most cities have a service number or website form to request street maintenance including sweeping. (Those contacts should be--& probably are--in a sticky thread here, but I'm not finding it, offhand.)
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-02-2012, 09:56 AM
AJ08 AJ08 is offline
Junior Member
Site Admin
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 22
Default

Great information, thanks for your reply.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-02-2012, 03:34 PM
Oldguyonabike Oldguyonabike is offline
Senior Member
Site Admin
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: ~ NE Davis & 60th
Posts: 220
Default

Another good reason to carry a broom. I'm used to sweeping glass, but this is anew angle. Where are they? If I ride through there I'll give them a push.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-03-2012, 08:49 AM
lovedoctor lovedoctor is offline
Member
Site Admin
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 46
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Oldguyonabike View Post
Another good reason to carry a broom. I'm used to sweeping glass, but this is anew angle. Where are they? If I ride through there I'll give them a push.
He's a witch!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-03-2012, 11:30 AM
Oldguyonabike Oldguyonabike is offline
Senior Member
Site Admin
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: ~ NE Davis & 60th
Posts: 220
Default

You would think so to see my ride
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Iphone 058.jpg (96.8 KB, 17 views)
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-03-2012, 01:36 PM
Alan Alan is offline
Senior Member
Site Admin
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 506
Default

AJ08, keep that location in mind later on in the season when the leaves come down; rain and leaves make a very slippery combination.

OldGuy, you are one of the sweepers I had in mind in my first post, along with Jeff and K'Tesh, thanks guys! (and nice ride!)
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-03-2012, 03:17 PM
Apennine's Avatar
Apennine Apennine is offline
Senior Member
Site Admin
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 103
Default

Ok, I am envisioning a broom attached to a rear wheel so as you ride, you sweep.
__________________
Look, ma, no hands! Weeeeeee.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 08:15 AM.




A production of Pedaltown Media Inc. / BikePortland.org
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.