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Old 12-19-02, 04:34 AM   #1
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I am an idiot

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Welcome to the official "Admonish Chris L severely for his stupidity" thread. This is about my ride home from work this afternoon in light rain. I attempted to go through a gap that I knew full-well I had no chance of getting through. Of course, inevitably I realised that I had no chance of getting through it and had to slam on the brakes really hard.

This, of course, led to a skid which was admittedly made considerably worse by an oil-slick, but if I'd had any intelligence at all I would have anticipated it's presence before trying to pull of this stupid move (after all, we haven't had rain sufficient to wash any of these away for almost two years now). I am not using it as an excuse.

Somehow I managed to unclip from the pedals, jump off them and land on my feet before the bike actually fell in what must surely be the greatest fluke of all-time. Both self and bike escaped unhurt, which is a problem because I really deserve to be penalised for such blatant idiocy. As a consequence you are all free to admonish or abuse me in this thread as much as you like.

The whole situation would have been avoided with a little patience (or worse still, a little common sense). It is quite obvious that if brains were made of elastic I wouldn't have enough to go around a duck's ankles. To anyone who has ever read any opinions or advice from me on this forum, I apologise unreservedly for wasting your time with what has now been proven to be nothing but useless and distracting spam.
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Old 12-19-02, 04:54 AM   #2
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you done well to survive unscathed, just to teach your self a lesson, commute to work by car for a week, that,s a fitting punishment
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Old 12-19-02, 07:33 AM   #3
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Both self and bike escaped unhurt
So you made a mistake and recovered from it--the problem is what?
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We've all been there, and I fully expect to be there again ... soon.
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The problem is . . . most people try to shoot the gap in their SUV. The result being that folks get hurt or killed--and usually not the one at fault.

The only one you put at risk, Chris, was yourself and you have a right to risk your own neck. I just get pissed at all those a-holes that insist on risking mine for me.

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Old 12-19-02, 08:16 AM   #6
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It is quite obvious that if brains were made of elastic I wouldn't have enough to go around a duck's ankles.
A duck's ankle is a challenge for elastic - the huge webbed foot and very thin leg require the elastic to stretch a lot while still retaining enough tension to stay around the ankle. It requires more mental agility than wrapping an elephant's ankle, for example.

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Old 12-19-02, 09:40 AM   #7
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That sounded really cool man. Good save! Hey just consider it mountain bike training, heck you have to save your a$$ like that regularly out on nasty single tracks.....
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Poor Chris!

Can't you find anyone to agree with you, boyfriend?
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Old 12-19-02, 01:22 PM   #10
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you done well to survive unscathed, just to teach your self a lesson, commute to work by car for a week, that,s a fitting punishment
Today's my last commute for the year and I don't have a car. Nor do I have the money to catch the bus just at the moment.

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So you made a mistake and recovered from it--the problem is what?
The problem is that it was such a stupid mistake to make in the first place. I should be aware of what oil slicks can do after the crash I had in October 2001.

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A duck's ankle is a challenge for elastic - the huge webbed foot and very thin leg require the elastic to stretch a lot while still retaining enough tension to stay around the ankle. It requires more mental agility than wrapping an elephant's ankle, for example.
An interesting way of looking at things.

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Can't you find anyone to agree with you, boyfriend?
Should I be getting worred about this after over 4,000 posts (plus something like 500 that I lost when the server fried last year)?
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Landed on your feet just like a cat. I had similar luck one day. I had just put semi slick tires on my MTB and was turning from the street into my alley. I was going a little too fast so I took a wide turn and let the front wheel run off into the grass on the edge of the alley. Normally, that wouldn't be a problem because the knobbies would grip it. With the slicks it took my front wheel down. I jumped straight out of the toe clips, hit the ground on my feet, and was able to keep my balance by running it out but I almost smacked into the neighbor's fence.
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As a consequence you are all free to admonish or abuse me in this thread as much as you like.
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Old 12-19-02, 09:00 PM   #13
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Ladies and gentlemen,

Welcome to the official "Admonish Chris L severely for his stupidity" thread.

...I really deserve to be penalised for such blatant idiocy. As a consequence you are all free to admonish or abuse me in this thread as much as you like.


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...if brains were made of elastic I wouldn't have enough to go around a duck's ankles. To anyone who has ever read any opinions or advice from me on this forum, I apologise unreservedly for wasting your time with what has now been proven to be nothing but useless and distracting spam.


I CAN'T TAKE IT!

(You could have just mentioned the part about flying off the bike and landing on your feet...we men have to stick together!)



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Glad you're ok. Also it sounds like you've gained some good judgement - remember good judgemet comes from having exersised bad judgement and lived.

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Old 12-20-02, 01:15 PM   #16
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Glad you're ok. Also it sounds like you've gained some good judgement - remember good judgemet comes from having exersised bad judgement and lived.
Hopefully this time I'll learn from it.
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Chris,

I think this calls for a solid week of third person ChrisL.

Mabey only then, will you act your age.

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ChrisL - stand to attention.

Slap!

Did that hurt?

Slap!

Get on your bike. Slap!

You didn't fall off and hurt yourself, eh? Slap!

You get the idea.

Slap! Slap!

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Old 12-28-02, 11:56 PM   #20
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How dare you survive! How dare you! You disgrace!

Feel better?

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were you wearing a helmut??????
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Yep. I won't ride without one.
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