Fifty Plus (50+) - This could have ended pooly
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11-16-12, 04:46 PM
This could have ended poorly.
My riding buddy Beth & I rode up Winn Mt this afternoon and on the way down, on a leaf covered forest road, I felt something go in my rear wheel. I hit the brakes - the rear wheel locked up and started to skid sideways on the leaves - right on the brink of losing control of the bike I was able to stop. Amazingly, there was no damage. Whew!
Wowsers, missjean! Glad you're okay. Lucky it didn't go into your front wheel.
11-16-12, 05:03 PM
Yoicks! That's a spoke-breaking derailleur-wrapper, if ever I saw one!
11-16-12, 06:33 PM
You were very fortunate. Can't believe there was no damage!
11-16-12, 07:20 PM
Thats incredible!! Your guardian angle was looking out for you then. I think I would have that wheel looked at by an expert, I think I would anyway. It shouldn't cost anything, if you blink your eyes at him in just the right way-:o):twitchy: So glad you are OK.
11-17-12, 01:38 AM
Lucky but get the spokes checked out. Had similar many years ago and it was up a steep slope. Felt something- heard the crunch and I was freewheeling. two spokes gone and DR broken. Single speed home with the aid of a chain breaker but luckily no frame damage. (Pre Replacable DR hanger)
About 10 years ago while commuting to work, I caught a small piece of wood in the rear spokes. I (barely) managed to skid to a controlled stop while the stick destroyed my rear mudguard. The incident was pretty terrifying, and I kept thinking how lucky I was to have the rear wheel involved, instead of the front. A few years later an acquaintance of mine was killed when he took a stick through the front spokes, also while cycling on the road. I now pay far more attention than ever to road debris.
11-17-12, 09:13 AM
Glad you were able to control your bike and weren't hurt any. I am with Stapfam on having a close look at the stays, spokes, rim and drive components after the strain that stick put on the bike. I believe you work in a shop so take the time, please.
11-17-12, 09:35 AM
Wowsie - that will sure wake one up quickly!! So glad you are OK!
11-17-12, 10:29 AM
Thanks for the thread topic typo. In the grand tradition of pilots making their first carrier landing sudden close calls like that could well end pooly.
11-17-12, 10:49 AM
Glad you're OK!
Nice bike handling... I was climbing a mountain road and a stick got stuck in my rear der in a similar manner. I snapped the rear der hanger which is made of softer metal and designed to break versus damage the frame. It was near the beginning of a longer ride with my coach and a group. The bike was dead. I rode in the van with the coach and later, one of the other racers was cooked and he let me ride his bike the last 1/3 of the ride. Anytime one travels, it is a good idea to take a spare rear hanger since they are custom to each bike and may not be readily available.
11-17-12, 03:34 PM
A few years later an acquaintance of mine was killed when he took a stick through the front spokes, also while cycling on the road. I now pay far more attention than ever to road debris.
The things that can do you in. It's almost like you have to pay attention to everything.
Amazingly, there was no damage. Whew!
Amazing reflexes. Guess it pays to be wide awake.
11-17-12, 04:54 PM
@ Stapfam & qcpmsame - I took the bike into work with me this morning and had the owner look it over. The derailleur was just a touch bent, so he corrected that, and he looked closely at the spokes and stays, but it all looked ok. Whew again!
@ gcottay - :lol:
11-18-12, 07:37 AM
Good to hear the news about both you and the bike, but especially you.
You thrill seekers bombing down hills..... ;) Gald it ended as it did. You are correct, it could have ended much differently, and as others said, be thankful it wasn't the front wheel that locked up.
Oh, and Hermes is right, nice bike handling.
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