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Curse You Chip Seal!  The Antithesis of Happiness, Good Times, and Sunshine to a Cyclist

July 2017

My Trek was about as clean as an eighteen year-old bike can possibly be.  Two coats of wax, and polished to perfection….

Rarely will you find a bike that has been through so much, including being a loaner bike for the local shop for years, look so good.  With the obvious exception of the well-worn components, the bike was immaculate…. I-m-m-a-c-u-l-a-t-e.  

Then this:

Eventually, I will be glad that our road was resurfaced.  The old cracks are filled in and it’ll be smooth once again…  In the meantime though, it sucks.  Dirty, dusty and nasty, for two or three weeks until the rock chips are finally seated in the tar base layer.  Even then, it’ll be next spring before it’s smooth enough to enjoy riding on again.

Curse you Chip Seal.


  1. unironedman says:

    Well now that is damn inconsiderate!

  2. Kecia says:

    Not a fan of chip seal! 😦

  3. I got myself a brand spanking new Wilier Zero 9 back in 2015. Dream bike (give or take).

    Took it France shortly afterwards and discovered that, instead of resurfacing some of the lesser used mountain cols, they just chuck a ton of gravel all across them and let the traffic do the rest.

    If I’d known that, I’d have taken the winter hack!

    • bgddyjim says:

      Oh, now THAT sucks! I did take the winter bike last night, for exactly that reason…. but for you, traveling to France only to find THAT?! That’s underhanded, right there brother.

  4. Ian says:

    I feel your pain! Although i had to drive not ride over a mile or so of that stuff in my brand new car.. tar and chips…

  5. MJ Ray says:

    That’s not resurfacing. Here we call it surface dressing. As well as the chips scratching you and your bike, it turns any holes too large to be filled by runny tar into stealth potholes for months to come. It’s one of the worst things highways departments routinely do to cycling.

    • bgddyjim says:

      At least here, if the road is really bad, they coat it with fresh asphalt to cover the potholes – and on the rare occasion they skip the resurfacing layer, at least the road commission fills the potholes first!

      What you describe is pure evil, brother. That’s terrible.

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