Miss cheryl, I fully sympathize with you in your plight. I try to do like fred and swerve around them at the last moment and have a bit of fun. But here, the main drag was widened a foot on each side to add in a center turning lane. You can imagine where the addition meets the old road is where i have to ride most of the time and asphalt patching doesn't hold up too well after a few years. I only have about 300 miles on my bike and i've already found some loose stuff that I know I checked when it was new. That loctite sounds like a good idea, especially on critical parts that can cause a crash.
In addition, I've noticed that the plastic side covers on my Tomos act as loud-speakers during the rpm ranges that the engine vibrates. It makes a very annoying (and somewhat embarrassing) buzzing sound. Since at one of the three attachment points; the two panels on each side are connected to each other via a small strip of metal. I was wondering if you guys knew of a way of muffling these puppies. I was thinking of removing the panels and filling in the back sides with "Great Stuff" and shaving off the excess. But I'm concerned if the chemicals in the great stuff would eat up the plastic panels.
Any help is always appreciated,
P.S. Don't blame the city, Cheryl, remember that it was founded and built by humans...hee hee.