Commuting - First commute of the year. First crash of the year.
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01-03-11, 03:56 PM
I was a mile into my 10.5 mile route when it happened. The ground was still wet from the rain the night before and I was approaching the first downhill corner of 4 on the pedestrian highway overpass. I've crashed on the first corner a couple of years ago because of the similar conditions, wet pavement. So I took that corner, as always, slowly and without incident. As I approached the second corner I was thinking "I've never gone down here before." As I turned the corner I felt the front tire slide and down I went.
The bike only suffered a misaligned brifter, easily fixed. I on the other hand sprained my left wrist for instinctively trying to catch my self, stupid, road rash on my left knee and a broken confidence level for the rest of the ride when making tight corners.
Be careful out there.
Ouch. Glad you're mostly OK- at least nothing broken. Rest you can chalk up to war wounds :)
01-03-11, 04:40 PM
Hopefully you've gotten it out of the way now, and the rest of the year will go by uneventful (knock on wood). Glad you're ok though.
01-03-11, 04:47 PM
Were you riding in the hoods at the time (or maybe the tops)?
01-03-11, 05:12 PM
I like you look at the positive side o the bad mishaps. Only thing I can see here is that at least the rain washed the road clean.....no wait, I take that back. I crossed the I880 overpass this morning and the bike lane was full of crap and most likely from that same weather front you got.
Glad you are ok and unharmed.
01-03-11, 10:36 PM
Yeah, I'm looking at it as at least that crash is out of the way, sort of deal.:D
Passing by the same corner this afternoon I stopped and took a good look at the ground. The pavement was rough enough and "sticky" when dry. Tested this by dragging my front wheels while holding the brakes. But There was a part of the pavement that was still wet and sure enough when I dragged the front wheel across it, while holding on the brakes a little, the tire easily slid across the wet slime covered surface.
I may also have to chalk this up to high pressure on the tires. I pumped them up to 115 psi the night before.
01-03-11, 10:45 PM
and a broken confidence level for the rest of the ride when making tight corners.
I have no confidence in corners. It gives me some safety factor, I like to think.
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