Soft Asphalt Driveway

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Old 08-12-19, 06:48 AM
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Soft Asphalt Driveway

As most residential driveways around my area, the asphalt is softer than commercial parking lots or roadways.

The issue we are having is we have a few motorcycles (currently 6) and even bicycles that if we don't use a pate under the side stand (scrap squares of old laminate flooring works great btw), you will have a new hole in the driveway and a bike down. This is an issue under cooler temperatures so its not only hot sun related.

Are there any products out there that would help with harden the surface?

We do have a swing temperature of +/- 40'C
I've never used a driveway sealer before in any of my houses, so I'm totally lacking any experience with the stuff.
 
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I doubt applying a sealer would help any. Sounds like the asphalt wasn't compacted as well as it should have been.
 
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That seams to be a common issue with residential driveways up here.
I guess the short term solution is keep a stack of boards to park the bikes on and or anything else sitting long term.
 
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I've always had that issue with motorcycles, not from bicycles!
 
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I've always had that issue with motorcycles, not from bicycles!
I was surprised as well.
Was doing a shuffle in the garage of bikes, and noticed the mother in-law's bicycle was leaning against the tire of my YR1. When I moved it, the side stand had sunk in about 3/4".

I should mention the garage floor is asphalt as well. Was a carport converted to a garage before my time. A concrete floor is on the to do list, just way, way down the list.
 
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I always carried a block of wood or a piece of tire on my motorcycles and it was just routine to put it under the kickstand when parking on asphalt. You just have to pay attention sometimes because I had one for example that sat a little more upright on the stand so I'd watch for any pitch to the lot and sometimes turn the bike to make sure I had enough lean. With a bike you have a significant amount of weight resting on a small area so it's more noticeable, but watch even commercial lots, banks, etc., and often you will see a bit of a trough about two feet or so out from the curbs where cars park day after day and the the asphalt gets pressed down.
 
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I always carried a block of wood or a piece of tire on my motorcycles and it was just routine to put it under the kickstand when parking on asphalt. You just have to pay attention sometimes because I had one for example that sat a little more upright on the stand so I'd watch for any pitch to the lot and sometimes turn the bike to make sure I had enough lean. With a bike you have a significant amount of weight resting on a small area so it's more noticeable, but watch even commercial lots, banks, etc., and often you will see a bit of a trough about two feet or so out from the curbs where cars park day after day and the the asphalt gets pressed down.
I've been putting something under the stand since high school for that reason. Nothing worse then having to pick your bike up in the school lot because it fell.

I was just hoping that the sealers you see everyone using on their driveways was more than a cosmetic fix and could provide a bit more durability to the surface when dealing with stationary items.
 
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