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Sandy Bay Road defect Hazard

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:04 pm
by steve_hobart
Hi everyone,

Not sure if this forum is used for this purpose, however I just wanted to make people aware of a road defect hazard in Sandy Bay Road in the vicinity of the Retirement Benefits Fund (RBF) building.

I hit this doing about 40 kph on Friday, severely damaging my Ultegra wheelset and possibly cracking my frame - bike is currently being assessed - and ended up a long way down the road on the ground.

To their credit, the Hobart City Council are awaiting the Bike Shop's assessment to consider compensation.

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sandy bay road crash by steve_hobart, on Flickr

Steve

Re: Sandy Bay Road defect Hazard

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:48 pm
by mcdurdin
Sorry to hear about that. Hope you get a new bike out of it ;-)

There are a lot of hazards on Sandy Bay Rd. From broken seams in concrete (Lower Sandy Bay shops) to gutters that have pushed up or down (e.g. just before Manning Ave), potholes (take your pick), grates (again, take your pick), lumpy manhole covers (e.g. near Waimea Ave) and poorly patched gas works (e.g. around the Casino). I came a cropper on Sandy Bay Rd when my front wheel jammed in a broken seam in the concrete in wet weather and wrote off my bike about 15 months ago. Didn't think of taking the issue to the council but my home and contents insurance covered a new bike :)

I've bunnyhopped the mess you hit more than a few times. It's a problematic spot -- often will be merging into the right lane where this hole is lurking, in preparation for turning down into Salamanca, as well as avoiding parked cars in the left lane. Hence, I'm usually trying to ride at the traffic speed (45-50 km/h when it's not too busy) so this hole always appears suddenly from under the car ahead... There's another less severe manhole cover just before that one which does prompt me to be aware ;-)

Re: Sandy Bay Road defect Hazard

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 3:19 pm
by steve_hobart
nice to hear you got a new bike out of it Marc!

Hopefully the Council will replace my bent wheelset - waiting on the assesment of my bike re frame condition.

By the way, great Blog on Hill Climbs, I just found it!

Steve

Re: Sandy Bay Road defect Hazard

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:31 pm
by mcdurdin
steve_hobart wrote:By the way, great Blog on Hill Climbs, I just found it!


Thanks Steve! A few of us will be riding all those climbs, plus some more, in 3 days in September / October -- see www.hobart10000.com for details :-)

Re: Sandy Bay Road defect Hazard

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:03 pm
by doggatas
Yeah Marc we are, it's going to be great. Judging by some of the comments directed at your guest post on The Climbing Cyclist's blog, we may have a few mainlanders joining us. Out of interest Marc, what sort of numbers are you anticipating for the inaugural "Hobart 10000"?

Re: Sandy Bay Road defect Hazard

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:14 pm
by mcdurdin
doggatas wrote:Out of interest Marc, what sort of numbers are you anticipating for the inaugural "Hobart 10000"?


Dogga, we are expecting 3 riders. Any others are just a bonus! :)

Re: Sandy Bay Road defect Hazard

Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:41 pm
by mcdurdin
A few days ago, I saw some council workers repairing this. :)

Have you registered for the Hobart 10,000 yet? :lol: