Posted by Mario on 30 July 2012
Gee, there’s a lot of overbanding on our roads.
It’s particularly noticeable when the weather is like it is now: torrential. For the uninitiated, overbanding refers to those wiggly stripes of bitumen you see criss-crossing the main tarmac. It’s used to fill joins and repair cracks in the tarmac, because it’s flexible and cheap. But on a bike, in the wet, it’s a real hazard - because it is glass smooth. I touched one today under moderate acceleration and the back tyre spun up so fast I thought my chain had snapped.
We’re in the back half of winter, now, but there’s still some bad weather to go. Be very aware of wet overbanding. Keep away from it if possible and, if you have to go over it, do so upright and avoid braking - leave plenty of room to slow down.