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    Mr. Rancher recently remodeled some cattleguards on county roads. Yes, he replaced pipes that were perpendicular to the roadway with rails that are parallel to travel and spaced just wide enough to threaten even a fat tired motorcycle and definitely trap a lesser bike.

    Fortunately he left on pair of rails at a closer spacing which I have successfully ridden across on numerous occasions, but always at slow speed and aware that if the tire falls into the slot, its an endover. Here's the strip I cross on.







    Its been that way for my last dozen trips and I had not thought much about it, but once I stopped to take these pictures today, I've come close to scaring myself. If the tire (front) falls in that slot, the bike will stop. I guess I'll talk to the local highway maintenance guy and see if there is a remedy. Be careful. Tom
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    Wow - that is a serious hazard!

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    If the general public has access to that road, the rancher might appreciate you bringing the hazard he's created to his attention before a motorcyclist or mountain biker crashes. I'm sure he'd rather hear it from you than from a lawyer! I would imagine that there's a pretty good chance he doesn't even realize the danger.
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    I'm surprised that your county signed off on that. No one builds a cattle guard that way except maybe on private land when they're trying to use up scrap.



    Just sayin'.



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    Wow! Thats an accident waiting to happen. At least you can see it though. One of my usual riding spots has grass thats about a foot tall. I was riding my usual route and stopped dead in my tracks by a telephone pole lying in the field. It was only then that I realized under all that grass was about 6 inches of mud. Needless to say, that was a pita to get out of. Nothing was hurt too bad except for my pride when I smacked my helmet in the front fender.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonBenito View Post
    If the general public has access to that road, the rancher might appreciate you bringing the hazard he's created to his attention before a motorcyclist or mountain biker crashes. I'm sure he'd rather hear it from you than from a lawyer! I would imagine that there's a pretty good chance he doesn't even realize the danger.




    i second donbenito.

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    Whoever is responsible for the cattle grate needs a refill to the common sense area of their brain.

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    I think an alternative way would be to cross it at a 45 degree angle.

    Personally, I like the kind painted on the asphalt. Very easy to deal with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony View Post
    I think an alternative way would be to cross it at a 45 degree angle.

    Personally, I like the kind painted on the asphalt. Very easy to deal with.




    Cross it at the maximum possible angle, post to post.....more like 80 degrees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
    Cross it at the maximum possible angle, post to post.....more like 80 degrees.


    No argument from me! Maybe I should have said "at a minimum of a 45 degree angle".
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