YMT joints. OW!

YMT joints. OW!

Postby MickMelb » Tue Feb 11, 2014 12:23 pm

At first I thought it was just me being a wimp. But a colleague has complained unprompted (and in too much detail). And then this guy ahead of me today.

Anyone else's behind less than thrilled about the new(ish) joints on the YMT ramps?

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Not sure of best way of sorting this out. A Joint complaint to... ?
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Re: YMT joints. OW!

Postby Uncle Just » Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:23 pm

Just bunny hop them or slow down.
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Re: YMT joints. OW!

Postby Mulger bill » Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:27 pm

Speed humps.
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Re: YMT joints. OW!

Postby il padrone » Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:02 pm

The Main Yarra Trail is like the Citylink for bikes. Now when I see them putting speed humps on Citylink I will agree that these sorts of things might be OK on a major shared path.

Parks Vic trail designers and local council traffic planners have always been bicycle-blind. Been that way for over 30 years.
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Re: YMT joints. OW!

Postby trailgumby » Tue Feb 25, 2014 8:55 pm

So long as they're not a pinch flat puncture risk or get slippery when on a corner apex I would not be too concerned.

Just lift the front and back over them and you'll be fine. Better still, bunny hop, learn some skillz.

They look no worse than the tree roots breaking up the hotmix on a few of my local shared paths.

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Re: YMT joints. OW!

Postby jules21 » Wed Feb 26, 2014 10:20 am

their first attempt - about a year ago - was a steel hump with 45 deg. angles. i first noticed it after i picked myself up off the ground and wondered "what the... was that?!" i know a few other people fell on it as well in the day or two it was left there - so probably heaps more in reality.

when i rang Parks Vic the guy said he had been made aware of it, agreed it was unsuitable and would be replaced, but added that cyclists "go too fast" along there. thanks mate..

those things you've pictured in this thread are pretty benign. as it's a pontoon - expansion joints are necessary and they can't practicably be made perfectly smooth.
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Re: YMT joints. OW!

Postby djw47 » Wed Feb 26, 2014 11:04 am

Could you not just lift your ass off the saddle for the millisecond it takes to cross the bump? It's not like the bump is inconspicuously coloured!
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