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Old 06-12-01, 11:12 AM   #1
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What's the dumbest thing you've ever done: A) cycling; B) driving?

A: Cycling: racing as fast as possible down an untested hill only to find out you can't see when the vibrations make everything jump around in your field of vision.

B: Driving: driving in rain so thick I could not see where I was going. I think the only thing that stopped me from running into anyone else (since I was never sure where the lane lines were)
was the strong probability that everyone else had pulled off the road.

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Old 06-12-01, 11:19 AM   #2
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Oops! I forgot to mention, this is not multiple choice. In fact, you don't have to answer at all (of course, that just means you're afraid to say...he, he!) :blush:
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Old 06-12-01, 11:34 AM   #3
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Well my most stupid moment on a bike would also be going down hill very fast, but on the bottom I let myself catch some air and when I landed I blew both tires. That was a long walk home.

Car wise the most stupid thing I did was get my license.
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Stupidest thing on a bike: stopping with no warning in bumper-to-bumper traffic on Wornall Road, a narrow, congested thoroughfare where it's always rush hour. The driver of the car behind me had to hit his brakes hard, but he never even honked or showed any annoyance. I could have caused a serious accident and I guess I'll feel guilty about that stop forevermore.

To make it worse, I stopped because I saw the bike shop I was searching for, across the street.

In a car? I don't remember--it's been so long.
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Old 06-12-01, 06:30 PM   #5
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Back in the old country My friends and I were riding at Mount Pinugay, when I was banking left and right to the contour of the road, when my front tire just slid or flew, and I went crushing and sliding on my side, it rip my jersey and short and some of my skin was left in the road, and it was a nasty site, we have abandon the ride and I ended up in the hospital,
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Dumbest Driving....getting my license and ever thinking driving would be more fun than biking.

Dumbest Cycling....there is a large hill on my way home from work that everyday I try to beat my speed record on. The speed limit is 25 and I usually hit 35, so someday I will probably end up injured or in court.
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Old 06-13-01, 02:16 PM   #7
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Dumbest Driving....getting my license and ever thinking driving would be more fun than biking.
Ditto on the driving!

Dumbest cycling: Get this I rear ended a car!

Ok, ok, before you haul me off to remedial cycling class, hear me out!

I was in that trickiest of situations, where you are in the turn lane que with 5-6 vehicles and merging into the far left lane on a busy four-lane. (Not my favorite place to be, but hey, a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.)

The vehicle in front of me, (red sports car) is set to merge...
I following close behind, check the mirror...all clear, turn around...all clear, and...
bang, my front tire hits the little red sports car, that obviously was in la la land (Clear lane, yet sitting there!)

Oh, well, they were fine, I was fine, except for my embarassed pride!

Kids, the moral of the story is ... look both left and right ... and in front of you.

P.S. - Do not attempt this at home!!!
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Old 06-13-01, 08:25 PM   #8
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I'm too embarrassed to say, but for a real laugh, check out the back page of the current Bicycling mag.
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A) Two things actually. I too hit a car. I was merging into a left lane but the car that was in my way didn't move forward, instead it breaked and I smacked it's rear quarter panel. Thankfully he didn't notice because it my fault that I timed it wrong. The second was in the dead of winter when I took a left turn too sharp and smacked into a median sign. I couldn't see a thing because my shades fogged up. God, that sucked.

B) Stupidest thing I've ever done in a car is simple. I put my sisters cherry red 1967 mustang coup into a deep ditch that took several small trees with it. I still feel bad about that one.
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Stupidest biking misadventure: I was racing a friend down a street and looked back to see where he was. Without looking, I hit the curb and end-overed.

Stupidest driving misadventure: I tailgated a cop. It got him angry, but no ticket.
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Cycling: Riding against the traffic on a major street after almost being side swiped (and killed) when riding on the correct side, i just didnt fell safe, so i road against traffic. That brought on two more close calls, it probly didnt help that it was overcast, raining, and in rush hour traffic... whew!

Driving: Getting to work and not remembering my drive to work, kinda freaked me out! I didnt remember any lights, speeds, lane changes ect... Luckly, i didnt kill anyone (i think?).
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The dumbest thing I ever did on a bike happened when I was 15 (man thats along time ago) Riding along a quiet road, then i noticed my quick release leaver (front) was half unclipped. STUPID me reaches down to do it up while riding. Now i'm typing this message without out the help of my pinky


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I was doing about 170kph over the crest of a small hill, only to see a cop coming the other way.

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Old 06-17-01, 01:45 PM   #13
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STUPID me reaches down to do it up while riding. Now i'm typing this message without out the help of my pinky

Ouch, and ouch again! I'm sorry that happened to you. I wouldn't call you stupid, though. It's just one of those almost instinctive reactions that sometimes turn out to be the wrong reactions. What a bad deal.
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Welcome to the paceline, CYC. Pretty gruesome story. I've closed a forgotten qr with my foot, which was kind of dangerous in its own right. If I lost my pinky, I could only count to 9.
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Ouch, and ouch again! I'm sorry that happened to you. I wouldn't call you stupid, though
Nah it was stupid, I just didn't get away with it.
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cyc, welcome to Bikeforum, hope you enjoy your stay here and keep posting....
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Hmmm... I've had lots of interesting cycling experiences, but I would have to say that one of the most humbling happened back in 1989 when I got my first pair of Look pedals. Like any REAL man I neglected to read any of the instructions. *ahem* So, I am heading out for an organized 35 mile ride and I pull up to a stop sign. Since there is traffic I sit there and balance in place while waiting for traffic to clear. (I think you know where this is going...haha) Naturally, I lose my balance and realize that the cleat tension is too high for an easy escape. Down I go! The bad part? I had a car load of girls behind me in a convertible that had front row seats to the entire fiasco. Doh!!! ;-)

On the automotive side of things I once took a 1989 Porsche 911 turbo out for a test drive at a dealership. The car had been slightly modified to the tune of 450+ HP. So the sales guy and I hop in the car and put around the dealership side streets to get the car up to the proper temperature. Once she is hot to trot I get on to a clover leaf style on ramp. We're in second gear and I decide to see what the car can do as I approach the final apex of the turn. Holy turboboost Batman! I felt a sensation as if we'd just been rearended by a bus doing 60 mph and the next thing I know I am looking at the inside guard rail. By the grace of God I managed to stay on the throttle and countersteer out of it but both the sales guy and myself were pale as ghosts after that. Note to self: never tease a turbo on cold tires. :-)

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Stupid bicycle trick:

Winter '98, at home, off sick with pneumonia. I felt kinda okay, and it was sunny and maybe 50 outside... So I took a ride, hoping that nobody from work would see me. Out I went, figuring on maybe 25 miles. I was in serious trouble after maybe 15 minutes. OH GOD! I though I was going to die! It was all I could do to fight for breath... It was like breathing through a plastic dry-cleaning bag. I averaged maybe 9mph, and had to get off and walk the bike up even the smallest hills. At one point, I got down on my hands and knees in the grass and hacked & coughed... I thought I'd be there all afternoon. I got home, barely, and had to spend the next few days in bed.

To quote my doctor, Carl Nechtman: "What're you, ******** or something?"

Stupid driving trick:

I was 18 in 1977, and I had a Honda CL250 motorcycle. Sitting at a traffic light one hot July day, I heard this "whoomph" noise, and then the bike began idling funny. Before I could do anything, this lady in the car next to me rolled down her window and said "honey, your bike's on fire..." It was. I was, too. The fuel petcock had this habit of vibrating loose, and usually just dripped a little bit. This time, it had to be different... I jumped off and did a happy little dance, right in the street, beating my thighs and crotch with my hands. I took off my tee shirt and smothered the bike's fire, then... calmly, sorta... I tightened the petcock with the Honda Tool Kit (6" Open-End Adjustable Wrench.) I had to ride home... 12 miles... with no shirt, big holes in my khakis. Plus, my cojones had taken a few good slaps, leaving me feeling like I'd been kicked in the groin.

God, I really loved that motorcycle, tho...
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... this lady in the car next to me rolled down her window and said "honey, your bike's on fire..."
Don't you just love Southern under-statement!
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On a bicycle when I was 13. My friend was riding on my handlebars and I told her to steer. I let go. We fell. Her front teeth were knocked out My Mom beat my butt.

In a car. I was 17. My friend and I were playing leap frog, two separate cars, of course. I was driving a station wagon. I lost control and slid across a field at a high rate of speed. Thankfully no injuries or damage. Mom never knew.

I try not to do stupid things now.
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...this lady in the car next to me rolled down her window and
said "honey, your bike's on fire..."
There are two kinds of people in the world: those that hate being called "honey," and those that love it.

I'm one of the ones that love it! "Honey" callers almost always seem to be good-hearted, helpful people--like this woman.
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I try not to do stupid things now.
Cheryl, I'm with you--but I tell you, dear friend, sometimes it just seems like a losing battle...
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Do you know that "stupid" is nearly the same word in most western languages? Rather comforting, that. No question at all about what that Italian taxi driver just called you... in the mixture of expletives and colourful colloquialisms, there's that familiar old "stupido!"

I've done stupid, stupide, stupido, and stupidissimo things all my life, and it appears that I'll never be done...

I lived in San Francisco, California for three months before it dawned upon me to buy a bike. This was a bad mistake. It was my first trip to the USA, it was springtime, and all I had was an Oldsmobile rental car. What a waste! I finally walked into a bike shop, and with bad english, much pointing and pantomime, and a credit card, came away with a secondhand Schwinn touring bike.
Ah, bliss! I rode it around the Bay Area for three more months, and left it as a tip for the maid... she had a 14-year old who wanted a bike.

As for driving, well, learning to drive in Paris was stupid. What's the point of having a permit? Paris is a city of three million souls, and at any time, six free parking spaces. Insurance is more costly than car, same for gas. I just had to emulate my americaine idols, though, and besides... that driving permit in my wallet sure made me feel cool. (Okay, it did come in handy twenty-five years later.)
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Stupidest bike stunt was this week. I just got a Specialized HardRock as my alternate bike. As I was hauling it out of the basement to go to work I got a finger stuck in the seat springs, right on one of the arthritic nodes on my knuckle. After spending some time determining that my finger was not coming out without serious pain in an already sore knuckle, and that I could not get back into the basement and my grease tube, Ifinally remembered a bit of Pedros was in my trunkbag. At least I was only a little late to work.

Stupidest car trick: commuting by car for 17 years.
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I too once rear-ended a car, AlphaGeek, but I had a perfectly legitmate excuse.:angel: I was riding through park, behind a car, when spotted this girl sunbathing...I was pleasantly reminded of that day for years after, every time I looked down at my slightly bent forks.

The dumbest thing I do in my van is go anywhere without my bike in it!:thumbup:
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