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...going along 50-60mph in the middle lane and I hit this square hole in the street, which is nearly as wide as the lane. The shocks bottom out, the steering goes loose and I'm okay going straight - tire/rim seems okay - but the street starts gradually bending right so I'm heading directly toward the center guard rail (FDR is a divided hwy that runs along the East River in NYC). Luckily it was 6AM and there was very little traffic and of course I slowed down immediately. I'm able to pull over and what I see takes me a minute to comprehend: a 1/2" riser stud actually broke in half. I got it home with the aid of a few zip ties...

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Better the riser stud than the rim. Hwy 285 out here was dodgy when the oil boom kicked in. Missing pavement all over the place on a 2 lane 65 mph hwy full of traffic.

They have added passing lanes since. Flattend spoke rims were a given on that road.
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This happened to another member (Brad) years ago. What king of handlebars
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Lucky you made it in one piece! Where I live you can hold the the municipal road authority responsible for damage or accidents due to bad- or dangerous road conditions. Don't know how it works where you guys live, but I would at least inform them.
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Thanks for the heads up. Looks like I'll be carrying spare riser bolts from now on when going to the city.

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Alot of the streets in Manhattan will do that to you. There are so many potholes in the city it's unbelievable. There is a hotline to call to report them but who knows how many people use it to report them.
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Potholes can be rough, I'm surprised more of us don't go down from hitting them. I bent two 21 inch wheels in Montreal potholes before changing to a 19 inch for more tire depth and a more solid wheel. To tell the truth I prefer the 19 inch anyway. Glad you rode away from your encounter.
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History does say, that area was reclaimed by humans, land interface with hydrology may incur handle hell.
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Potholes can be rough, I'm surprised more of us don't go down from hitting them. I bent two 21 inch wheels in Montreal potholes before changing to a 19 inch for more tire depth and a more solid wheel. To tell the truth I prefer the 19 inch anyway. Glad you rode away from your encounter.
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thanks for your replies you guys - I'm a little surprised that nobody seems too surprised - if you follow me - that a HALF INCH BOLT broke in half. (please excuse the cap letters, that's me yelling)

NYC has a 311 hotline for reporting potholes and other quality-of-life issues. Supposedly some people have successfully sued the city for damage and death but it means lawyers and mega dedication, not to mention a lot of time.

I'm just glad I had a few spare studs at home, and very glad my rim/tire seems okay. The bars are 14" mini-apes and the wheel is a stock 19" with a 100/90 Michelin Commander II.
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