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changing lanes on a milled road - September 4, 2013, 08:30 AM

Still pretty new to riding and I was wondering about milled lanes. Is it safe to ride over the little "curb" to get out of a milled lane? Is there a special technique to riding over these things? Some of them look pretty deep and I don't want to wind up on the ground.
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September 4, 2013, 08:32 AM

I just go over 'em. Never had an issue.
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Still pretty new to riding and I was wondering about milled lanes. Is it safe to ride over the little "curb" to get out of a milled lane? Is there a special technique to riding over these things? Some of them look pretty deep and I don't want to wind up on the ground.
Milled roads are fine. Just stay relaxed and calm. Don't death grip the bars keep loose. Bike will move around a little bit but no need to fight it.


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Might want to keep your distance from back of cars and such they will toss up gravel.


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Milled roads are fine. Just stay relaxed and calm. Don't death grip the bars keep loose. Bike will move around a little bit but no need to fight it.
But what about when you want to get out of the milled road? I think that's what he's asking...

I've done it once before. It was a bit scary, but I tried not to freak out. I think it'll help a bit if you come off the seat and keep relaxed. But I'll let someone more experienced chime in.


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September 4, 2013, 08:46 AM

Try to hit the "curb" as square as possible. The danger is if your wheel doesn't go up over the edge quickly, it can sort of fall off the edge.

At least that's how I've always done it.
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Option 1 is to wait for a bridge and change lanes there. Bridges are nearly always concrete so they are not milled when the asphalt is being refreshed. In this area, you don't have to travel long to pass over a bridge.

Option 2 is to cross the transition with purpose and intent. Going from high to low is easy. Going from low to high is easy too so long as you make the transition quick. Start far from the step, cross to and over the step quickly, and follow through to the far side of the lane you just entered. Don't try to ease your way onto the higher pavement. Just get on there and go about your business.


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But what about when you want to get out of the milled road? I think that's what he's asking...

I've done it once before. It was a bit scary, but I tried not to freak out. I think it'll help a bit if you come off the seat and keep relaxed. But I'll let someone more experienced chime in.

OSD Option #2 is the best way.


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Yep, #2 is what works for me. When I have to deal with this I try to find a nice open spot in traffic and 'turn into/lean into' it so I come at it with purpose. It feels a little squirrely when you hit it but relaxed grip on the handlebars has served me well.


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September 4, 2013, 09:05 AM

Ok. Option #2 is also what I was thinking. I just wanted to hear from people with experience that it actually works before trying it for myself. Thanks!
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September 4, 2013, 09:09 AM

I also like to come across at an angle squared off as much as possible, and lifting your butt off the seat helps with the suspension in absorbing the shock on those really tall lips. 95/395 HOV is all chewed up and this is part of my daily commute now.


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September 4, 2013, 09:16 AM

Yep, you don't want this || (one line being the road, the other being your bike)

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September 4, 2013, 09:18 AM

If the disparity in height between the two lanes is sufficient, you could wipe out if you ride over it at an angle that is is nearly parallel to the line.
Wait for a decent gap in traffic, or create one by pulling forward, then scrubbing off some speed. From the far side of the lane, swerve so that you are angled 45 degrees heading across to the other lane. At this point the bike should be straight up, not leaned and you pass over the ridge. Then swerve back to straight to end up on the far side of the other lane. Treat the ridge as you would a train track; 90 degrees would be best, but in traffic at speed that's not possible.
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September 4, 2013, 09:32 AM

Did you take the BRC? I'm guessing not since we address how to cross an obstacle.

Answer: Rise up off the seat, knees bent and against the tank. Get as close to 90 degrees as possible, roll on the throttle positioning your body towards the back of the bike to lighten the front, as your front goes over roll off the throttle to lighten the back.


But, IMO, it's best to just position yourself in the good lane from the get go and only change lanes if necessary.


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September 4, 2013, 09:34 AM

Yep. Cross with as much angle as possible, just like Helen said


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