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    O'Brien Road condition update

    The recent repairs are north of the Wooroloo Brook Bridge after the uphill right hander if coming from the south. They are on the southbound lane so not a problem if you are heading up the hill.

    There is some gravel on the left side off the driveway immediately after the repair.

    Downhill however is a different story and it is dangerous. It is after the short straight following the lefthand hairpin.

    You don't notice it if you approach at speed as it is hidden by the road contour and the start of the left.

    So yes, dangerous. You are on top of it before you know it going into the downhill lefthander toward the bridge.

    Other than that, all good. A patch of gravel eastbound on Clenton a couple of K's before Berry in the braking zone before a right. Again, you'll notice it and avoid unless you are useless.

    Other than those two spots, condition were excellent.
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    Also some repairs done on Copley Dale road today.
    The only thing wrong with a perfect ride to work is that you end up at work.
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    Funnily enough, I went down Copley Dale for the first time in a long time. About 9:30 they were working on the very north part of the loop.

    Back at 2ish and they had finished. What's good is they cleaned up the gravel and for Copley Dale, the condition is not too bad.

    Just a warning if you've not been down there, the road is narrow in places with a lot of blind corners and sometimes debris on the road.

    Used to love it on the SXV.

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    Did you see a slow travelling ute cruising the road shoulders?
    The only thing wrong with a perfect ride to work is that you end up at work.
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    Yep and you notice how polite i toodled past at 40
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    Many thanks for the info, haven't been down Copley Dale for many many years, too tight & narrow for a large capacity bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crim View Post
    Many thanks for the info, haven't been down Copley Dale for many many years, too tight & narrow for a large capacity bike.
    I don't know i like it slower and tighter is good.

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    I didn't think anyone else looped back that way
    Ride to conditions
    Be a matter of minutes before its covered in honky nuts anyway
    Always under the impression it would take a while to be found if it went wrong there
    Unless it was oncoming traffic...
    Note: this may not be the universe where the above is relevant.
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    Copley Dale road is a potentially treacherous road for bikes. Narrow, winding with honky nuts and possibly a few varieties of wild life.
    It's part of my job to spray the road shoulders for weeds, so as a rider I like to spray anything which is likely to block the view through the corners. The longest possible line of sight has to be the best eh?
    If you see the spray rig up there feel free to stop and say G'day.
    The only thing wrong with a perfect ride to work is that you end up at work.
    G T
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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Trident View Post
    Copley Dale road is a potentially treacherous road for bikes. Narrow, winding with honky nuts and possibly a few varieties of wild life.
    It's part of my job to spray the road shoulders for weeds, so as a rider I like to spray anything which is likely to block the view through the corners. The longest possible line of sight has to be the best eh?
    If you see the spray rig up there feel free to stop and say G'day.
    Your a similar age to me ever try caves road in the 80's no honky nuts but gravel on every corner narrow but fun.
    I liked the copley dale rd a bit of a challenge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carltonblues View Post
    Your a similar age to me ever try caves road in the 80's no honky nuts but gravel on every corner narrow but fun.
    I liked the copley dale rd a bit of a challenge.
    No mate back in the 80's the challenge was to do Porters Pass uphill in top gear...
    Or downhill in neutral and a dead motor and No touching the brakes...
    Oh you don't know where Porters Pass is?
    The only thing wrong with a perfect ride to work is that you end up at work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Trident View Post
    No mate back in the 80's the challenge was to do Porters Pass uphill in top gear...
    Or downhill in neutral and a dead motor and No touching the brakes...
    Oh you don't know where Porters Pass is?
    Nz, only pass i know of is horrocks pass outside of port augusta in sa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carltonblues View Post
    Nz, only pass i know of is horrocks pass outside of port augusta in sa.
    It's on the way to Arthurs Pass and Otira Pass, legendary riding when the temperature is above zero.
    The only thing wrong with a perfect ride to work is that you end up at work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Trident View Post
    It's on the way to Arthurs Pass and Otira Pass, legendary riding when the temperature is above zero.
    A bloke a scot actually i taught to ride in 81 did nz a couple of years later, when he got back he said the roads were better for bikes than the uk , canada and australia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carltonblues View Post
    I liked the copley dale rd a bit of a challenge.
    It is no challenge at all. It is not a scratching road.

    Maybe keep off the imaginary google maps bike?

    The narrowness, blind corners, hidden crossovers, debris and Felicity Kendal's on blind corners makes riding it at any decent speed pointless.

    It is good to take experienced learners on at sub posted speeds so they gain experience at negotiating these sorts of hazards.

    Maybe I need to take you up there when you get your LAMS bike.

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    This point.

    "It is good to take experienced learners on at sub posted speeds so they gain experience at negotiating these sorts of hazards".
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