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Old 09-26-2008, 09:11 AM   #1
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handling speed bumps on access ramps?

I am just getting back into riding after a LONG absence (I consider myself a re-beginner) and I have yet to take these on a bike.

I wanted to get thoughts on handling those small speed bumps that Houston has on several of the access ramps. The ones I am referring to are the small white ones that stretch across almost the whole lane. For example on the north side the ramps from 610 to Hardy North and 610 to 59 South have them. I can't go over them at at 90 degree angle like they teach in MSF since they are in a curve. I don't really want to hit them at all but avoiding them would mean getting very close to the center stripe or the shoulder stripe.

Anyway thoughts would be appreciated.
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Old 09-26-2008, 09:23 AM   #2
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I can't picture them, are you talking about the rumble strip things they put so it wakes cagers up from their half sleeping state to tell them that their is a curve ahead?
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I can't picture them, are you talking about the rumble strip things they put so it wakes cagers up from their half sleeping state to tell them that their is a curve ahead?
Yeah, that's what I'm wondering. I have never seen a speed bump on a curve or an on ramp
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jsut ride over them like normal, they pose no threat unless you are just going way to fast anyways.
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Why would there be speed bumps on access ramps??? I've never noticed any on the freeways/beltway in Fort Bend and SW Houston...
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I can't picture them, are you talking about the rumble strip things they put so it wakes cagers up from their half sleeping state to tell them that their is a curve ahead?
Yeah that is what I am talking about - the are about the size of large rumble strips. Normally I wouldn't see such things as a problem except these are actually in the curve. I presume to get peoples attention and slow them down.

Glad to know that they won't be an issue at speed but I will be very careful when I take them for the first time.
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Only problem I could potentially see with those is the white ones that appear to be a plastic material. If it has been raining they might be more slick than the cement. Also, this time of year in the weeee hours of the morning the dew starts to form and can make them a hazard due to being slick as well. I have never pulled over on the freeway to inspect them close enough to know the material though so I am not sure. I just assume any surface change is a potential grip hazard and try to adjust accordingly.
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Old 09-26-2008, 09:46 AM   #8
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I pass over two sets of those ever day going from 610 to I-45 south on the south side of town. Those are in a right hand turn. I do one of two things.

1.) I avoid them on the left side of the road putting my tire in between them and the white line. This means when I lean into the right turn I am not leaning out of my lane. This is my preferred method. If your ramp is a two lane ramp you might want to avoid them on the side farthest away from the other traffic. You donít want to be near a line when a cager comes a crossed.

2.) I run over them buy starting into the turn very early so I am on the very inside of the turn. Then I stand the bike up to the 90 degree like you were saying and go over the bumps. Once I am over the bumps I am normally near the outside of the lane. I then lean the bike back over and finish the turn. This method my not work if your turn is very sharp.
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I know what your talking about and have never been affected by them. I just let the suspension do what its made to do.
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Rumble Strips
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The white strip your talking about are before the turns begins...
As your black tire ride over the white strips you should still be up rite. These strip are just a "wake up" to slow down, wake up, or hang up your cell phone.

You shouldnt be leaning at the time you cross them. If you are you maybe turning to early.
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Rumble Strips
http://www.usroads.com/journals/rmej/0002/rm000201.htm


The white strip your talking about are before the turns begins...
As your black tire ride over the white strips you should still be up rite. These strip are just a "wake up" to slow down, wake up, or hang up your cell phone.

You shouldnt be leaning at the time you cross them. If you are you maybe turning to early.
These are not what I am talking about (which is why I started by calling them small speed bumps). These are small, white, extend almost across the whole lane and are placed in several places throughout the curve. I will try to shoot a picture today or Monday and post it (probably should have done that when I started the post - oh well).

Thanks to everyone for the comments and advice!
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