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It’s been a very hard winter in Minnesota, which has resulted in some of the worst spring road conditions Minneapolis has experienced.  The spring thaw brings out all the random car parts, beverage containers, and convenience food wrappers that have been frozen in snow banks for the entire winter.   On my Monday morning ride to work I pedaled upon the largest pothole I’ve ever seen.  Someone placed these hub caps in front of the wheel-eating pothole monster to warn other road users. 



It spans roughly 6 feet wide, 12 feet long and has eaten at least 3 hub caps in the last 7 days. It is also a part of a larger “chain of potholes” that spans the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis.  How deep do you think it is?

I will share the answer on Friday, March 19th.  The first person who makes the closest guess wins a special prize from Salsa Cycles! Limit of one guess per person folks.

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David Gabrys

I'm a guy who loves bicycles, traveling and music. Last year I got a bicycle specifically for traveling and went to the French Alps with it. I couldn't get my face to quit smiling for the entire week I was there! My preferred method of exploring the world is on two wheels.

COMMENTS (53)

JIM CUMMINS | March 17th, 2010

9 inches

Sam | March 17th, 2010

i’m guessing its 10” deep

Erik | March 17th, 2010

I’m gonna say 212mm deep.  (Us roadies measure in metric..)

Mike | March 17th, 2010

14 inches

Jon | March 17th, 2010

I’m going with 260mm….

Nate | March 17th, 2010

I’m going with 11 inches.

Drew | March 17th, 2010

4”

eric | March 17th, 2010

7” deep

Jerry | March 17th, 2010

lucky 13 inches.

I hit a monster tank trap the other day.  I noticed the city has place 3 orange cones around it now.

Mark | March 17th, 2010

8.76 inches

Hodaddy | March 17th, 2010

I’d say close to 17”. BANG!!!!!

Mimi | March 17th, 2010

My guess…hmmmmm…273.05mm (10.75”)

Kenny | March 17th, 2010

24” at least

Palek | March 17th, 2010

I’ll go with a solid 13 inches!

Palek | March 17th, 2010

Darn I didn’t see Jerry had already guessed 13 inches so I’d like to change my guess to 13.25 inches.

Ryan | March 17th, 2010

6 inches

gsoroos | March 17th, 2010

177.5mm

Aqua | March 17th, 2010

I’m going to say 19” because March 19th is my birthday so it has to be correct (and slightly lucky :) )

Steve Fuller | March 17th, 2010

8.25 inches

El-Cid | March 17th, 2010

Montana has those too; though it was an uncharacteristically mild winter.  I’m going to go with 21.5”; it looks like a doozy!

Bo | March 17th, 2010

5” and some change

Tadashi Andrews | March 17th, 2010

going with 9.5”

Tom Moore | March 17th, 2010

16”. Your picture makes me “homesick” for Michigan! If New Wngland has “mud” season, the midwest has “pothole” season.

Tom Moore | March 17th, 2010

I ment New England>

Aaron Casey | March 17th, 2010

6.5 inches, or 162.5 mm. Looks vicious, for sure!

Steve I | March 17th, 2010

I’m going to go with 9.5 inches.

Ben | March 17th, 2010

7.5”

Rob G. | March 17th, 2010

7.5

Jim | March 17th, 2010

10.3 inches.

Bill | March 17th, 2010

15” deep

David | March 17th, 2010

6.75 inches

Jay | March 17th, 2010

ERD of a Delgado cross is 604 + 38mm city tire / wing speed velocity of an unladen African swallow * 1/2 Hasselhof shoe size=

6.75468 inches (roughly)

Jarod | March 17th, 2010

Twelve inches.  One foot.  Nice and round.

Chris | March 17th, 2010

Man, that thing is so deep that they offer donkey rides to the bottom…

Crist?bal Palmer | March 17th, 2010

241mm… a prime number!

eric | March 17th, 2010

a bakers’ dozen inches.  13!

Greg Haack | March 17th, 2010

I’ll go with 185mm, that’s 7.28 inches

Mike Stephenson | March 17th, 2010

Well, let’s go with 165mm.  Mechanics go metric, too.

Andrea M. Stephenson | March 17th, 2010

My husband is wrong.  197mm.

HugoFar | March 18th, 2010

My guess is 60mm. We’re metric in New Zealand.Deep enough to knock a car around but hardly deep enough to worry someone riding their El Mariachi! :)

Hollis | March 18th, 2010

Lowest bid:

1 inch (25.4 mm)

Von Meow | March 18th, 2010

It is 3.85” deep
If it was deeper it would leave the wheel not a hub cap.
Since Cars suck they deserve holes to drive thru..  Yay!

bubco | March 18th, 2010

5.75 inches.

tswg | March 18th, 2010

6 and a quarter
it takes at least that much to really launch a hubcap (or a roadie)

Mark Baldwin | March 18th, 2010

7.75 inches

Champs | March 18th, 2010

I cannot explain why it is exactly three inches deep. It makes no sense.

Cornbread | March 18th, 2010

All the way to China!

Kid Riemer | March 19th, 2010

Thank you for your guesses Ladies and Gentlemen…the contest is now closed. Winner will be announced later today. Good luck!

David | March 19th, 2010

Drumroll please…

The winners are…yes, winners. Why winners? Well, I went back out to measure and the city had filled it in! Doh! Perhaps they saw me taking photos of it the day before? Or perhaps the people in the neighborhood just started complaining loudly. Or perhaps it was just Divine Intervention.

Anyway…that death trap is gone…till next season.

Because it was repaired before it could be adequately measured we’ve decided to pick 5 winners. It seems only fair, eh?

The winners were picked by drawing from a hat.

If you are named below, please contact:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
with the following info.

-Your first and last name
-T-shirt size and cut (men’s or women’s)
-The name and address of your local bike shop so we can ship the product there for you to pick up.

Winners line up here.

Jarod (guessed 12 inches. One foot.)

Mimi (guessed 273.05mm (10.75?)

Cornbread (guessed All the way to China)

Greg Haack (guessed 185mm, that?s 7.28 inches)

Jay (guessed ERD of a Delgado cross is 604 + 38mm city tire / wing speed velocity of an unladen African swallow * 1/2 Hasselhof shoe size = 6.75468 inches (roughly)) 

Enjoy the weekend everyone.

Champs | March 19th, 2010

Kings Highway still has a few more holes to fill in..

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