There are bad roads and then there's Charter Avenue
Got to work in one piece this morning but no thanks to the horror that is cycling down Charter Avenue - near the University. A grim place at the best of times but murder to sensitive bike wheels!
I've been told the road is made of concrete with a layer of tarmac on top - this means every 5 metres you get a jarringly deep trench where the concrete sections meet (or rather, don't meet) and the tarmac has caved in.
So, it's back to the hill of hell otherwise known as Westwood Heath Road. A pretty view but you can't see it if you're hunkered down over the bars repeating over and over "don't get off, don't get off, don't get off" while being passed by pedestrians.
Yup. I also hate cycling on Charter Avenue enough to use Westwood Heath Road instead. I thought it was bad on my previous bike, but the first time I tried it on my current bike – a road bike with narrow, high pressure tyres – I vowed never again.
Westwood Heath Road does get easier with practice. I used not to be able to make it all the way up the hill at the far end, when I first tried. Now (7 years of practice later:-) I don’t find it it that bad. I know some steeper hills around here you could try when you’ve conquered this one!!
02 Sep 2008, 17:25
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