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Old 02-13-13, 07:09 PM   #1
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Dealt With A Heavy Horned Idiot Yesterday...

Was in Portland yesterday heading from school to the doctors office (possible torn ligaments, broken fibula). I find that a bike is a lot faster than crutches, and doesn't wrench my back (also hurt) nearly as much.

I've ridden with a broken leg before (and torn ligaments), and this feels nearly identical.

I'm on the bike, heading downhill taking the full lane, when everything aligns, and I make the light, don't have to dodge peds. As it turns out, I am the lead vehicle stopped at the red in the next block. I hear behind me a car start honking out of frustration for being caught behind me. Light changes, I ignore the fool (hopefully he'll turn a few blocks down). He honks a few times as we approach the next red, but due to my knowledge of pacing, I time it so we don't end up stopping. He honks a few times as we approach the next several lights, but I'm keeping pace with the lights.

By the time I finally got to Pioneer Courthouse Square, he's given up on honking. I saw him do a frustrated "WTF" kinda wave (no bird), and he speeds up when I finally move to park. I didn't react, but did get a chance to smile when I watched him hurry up to the next light where he was trapped by the two other cars ahead of him. I guess he was in a rush to hurry up and wait.

Hopefully his passenger was a new girlfriend who learned what kind of idiot he was, and dumps him.

Oh, and after seeing the doc, it knees turn out to be only bruised (bone and soft tissue), and no torn ligaments. So, I should be 100% in about a month. I'm still heading into the chiropractor tomorrow for an adjustment.

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Old 02-13-13, 08:00 PM   #2
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I was waiting for the confrontation.

Oh well.
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I hear behind me a car start honking out of frustration for being caught behind me. ...and after seeing the doc, it knees turn out to be only bruised (bone and soft tissue), and no torn ligaments.
So you couldn't catch a "break" on the road or at the doctor's office?

I couldn't resist.
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I've ridden with a broken leg before (and torn ligaments), and this feels nearly identical.
Really? Your leg was in a cast and it didn't hurt to ride?

I've never broken a bone before and I've always assumed it would completely stop me from riding if I broke my leg.
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Really? Your leg was in a cast and it didn't hurt to ride?

I've never broken a bone before and I've always assumed it would completely stop me from riding if I broke my leg.

No, I didn't have a cast. My EX-physician didn't listen to me complain about the pain until nearly two-and-a-half weeks after I had been hit. I was dismissed without an MRI until I finally got him to listen to me that I wasn't improving as a "bone bruise" should. In fact I had been getting worse in some aspects. By the time my MRI was completed and they discovered the non-displaced tibial plateau fracture (the femur crushed the top of the tibia) and the torn medial-collateral ligament my fractured fibula was well on it's way to healing. After the discovery of the true nature of the injuries, the leg was set up in a T-scope brace. Since I had been using my bike since the crash, there was no reason to stop.

Yes, a broken bone hurts... No, it won't stop you from walking on it if it's not too serious. One trick I learned was how to pedal one legged. After the down stroke, you take your "healthy" leg's foot off the pedal, hook it underneath, and pull up. It's slow, but coasting on a bike is a lot faster (and easier) than using crutches if the conditions are just right.

I've been to the Orthopedic doctor twice since then, but I've never seen that GP again. This time, I told my Orthopedist that the next time we have any other professional meeting, I hope it's when he wants to learn Mandarin, OR has a need to learn English as a second language.

Today, I still hurt, but fortunately, not as much as I have been lately.

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I'd have hurled a cinderblock through his windshield!

Well, I would have pictured myself doing it.

How did you do your knee like that?
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English was my 5th language . . . but Mandarin is not one of them.
Seems like you also better have your shoulder looked at . . . you seem to have a big chip on it!!!
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Could just clip in one side? You know, and just pull up with your good leg? Sounds scary, but do able.
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Was in Portland yesterday heading from school to the doctors office (possible torn ligaments, broken fibula). I find that a bike is a lot faster than crutches, and doesn't wrench my back (also hurt) nearly as much.

I've ridden with a broken leg before (and torn ligaments), and this feels nearly identical.

I'm on the bike, heading downhill taking the full lane, when everything aligns, and I make the light, don't have to dodge peds. As it turns out, I am the lead vehicle stopped at the red in the next block. I hear behind me a car start honking out of frustration for being caught behind me. Light changes, I ignore the fool (hopefully he'll turn a few blocks down). He honks a few times as we approach the next red, but due to my knowledge of pacing, I time it so we don't end up stopping. He honks a few times as we approach the next several lights, but I'm keeping pace with the lights.

By the time I finally got to Pioneer Courthouse Square, he's given up on honking. I saw him do a frustrated "WTF" kinda wave (no bird), and he speeds up when I finally move to park. I didn't react, but did get a chance to smile when I watched him hurry up to the next light where he was trapped by the two other cars ahead of him. I guess he was in a rush to hurry up and wait.

Hopefully his passenger was a new girlfriend who learned what kind of idiot he was, and dumps him.

Oh, and after seeing the doc, it knees turn out to be only bruised (bone and soft tissue), and no torn ligaments. So, I should be 100% in about a month. I'm still heading into the chiropractor tomorrow for an adjustment.
I am glad your knee, isn't in as bad a shape, as you thought it was.
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How did you do your knee like that?
Walking...

There's a fountain in Portland with stairs that lead to it (Lovejoy). I was checking out the fountain when I didn't spot the missing chunk out of the step from where it had rotted out. My left foot was able to find it. Rolled the ankle, then pivoted and fell down off the step, banging the hell out of both knees (left was worse) and giving my wrists a hell of time. Of course, the backpack was on, and it ain't light so my back was wrenched too.

I limped off to the student health center, and after getting an initial check by the nurse, told to take it easy, ice it, Advil, elevate it... No easy task when you are late for class.

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Could just clip in one side? You know, and just pull up with your good leg? Sounds scary, but do able.
I see clipping in as just adding another chance to be stuck to a bike as I find myself falling uncontrolled towards the injured (left) side. Visions of cars running over my head as I lay like an injured upside-down turtle fill my thoughts. What's more, I didn't own my clipless pedals then.

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I am glad your knee, isn't in as bad a shape, as you thought it was.
Thanks! I am relieved that I don't have another summer of limited activity to look forward to.

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You win!

*****-guy will never know or accept this - but we know.

Quietly in the right.
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If I were you, I would have found a wide spot, rode along the shoulder for a bit, and watch him go off chasing red lights. All you did was to annoy this guy and give him a new demographic for him to hate on even though everything you did was road legal. After all it is considered polite to allow faster traffic to proceed along if you are moving at a slower pace (so he can go and sit on a stoplight earlier).

There are people out there that will never have the brains to comprehend the illogic in their actions (wasting gas to accelerate hard to the next red light), just let them go and let them rage at something else (like gas prices and speed limits). Zen
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If I were you, I would have found a wide spot, rode along the shoulder for a bit, and watch him go off chasing red lights. All you did was to annoy this guy and give him a new demographic for him to hate on even though everything you did was road legal. After all it is considered polite to allow faster traffic to proceed along if you are moving at a slower pace (so he can go and sit on a stoplight earlier).

There are people out there that will never have the brains to comprehend the illogic in their actions (wasting gas to accelerate hard to the next red light), just let them go and let them rage at something else (like gas prices and speed limits). Zen
Wide spot? This downtown Portland, Oregon (bicycle capital of the USA) we're talking about.

If I had let this vehicle pass me as you suggest, I would have been stuck at the very same red lights right behind him. Cars get stuck behind left turning cars stuck at lights by peds. I didn't mention this in the original narrative, but I was even able to go around one that stopped him for a few seconds. By being the lead vehicle, I was able to keep pace though the lights, and never have to stop, nor need to put my injured leg down.

Besides... I thought Americans didn't like bullies

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You were walking without a helmet! No wonder you got hurt!
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Wide spot? This downtown Portland (bicycle capital of the USA) we're talking about.

If I had let this vehicle pass me as you suggest, I would have been stuck at the very same red lights right behind him. Cars get stuck behind left turning cars stuck at lights by peds. By being the lead vehicle, I was able to keep pace though the lights, and never have to stop, nor need to put my injured leg down.

Besides... I thought Americans didn't like bullies
Was it this guy?

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In cases like this is when I would love to have a really LOUD air horn with me!!! I would love giving a few fools like this one a few blasts??? Maybe one that would put out around 120 decibels!!!!
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Was it this guy?

Might have been....
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That fellow is a comic book artist.
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Idiots like this that ram rod from light to light only to have to stop cause me to laugh. All they do is burn up a lot of gas and wear out their brakes. Cant they sees that the lights are sequenced for a certain speed, and going above that speed is a waste of time?
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Yeah, riding a bicycle downtown PDX can be scary sometimes , especially when your new to commuting in an urban environment. Luckily, I haven't had to deal with angry cagers, but have been in a few minor spats with pedestrians.
Last month, while riding across the Hawthorne, some a**hole kid walking in the opposite direction, dodged side to side directly in my path trying to scare me off into the traffic lane which just happens to have a 1ft drop and cars zooming by at over 30mph! Thats attempted murder, plan and simple.
Since that incident, I now document most of my rides with a vid cam.
Hope you heal up quick!
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Last month, while riding across the Hawthorne, some a**hole kid walking in the opposite direction, dodged side to side directly in my path trying to scare me off into the traffic lane
I had a group of skate-punks do this to me on the bridge in the very early morning. (I had had a very long and very ****ty day.)

210 lbs at ~30 mph elicited some interesting facial expressions.
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Last month, while riding across the Hawthorne, some a**hole kid walking in the opposite direction, dodged side to side directly in my path trying to scare me off into the traffic lane.
This would have been quite entertaining for me. I ride a recumbent, and I got that nice sawblade 3 ring sprocket out front......
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This would have been quite entertaining for me. I ride a recumbent, and I got that nice sawblade 3 ring sprocket out front......
at groin level...
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This would have been quite entertaining for me. I ride a recumbent, and I got that nice sawblade 3 ring sprocket out front......
Rode a Bacchetta hi racer a few years back to help out with my 2nd, knee rehab period. Had similar thoughts as well, haha
Loved that bike!
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