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    Funny crash stories?

    I'm not talking about crashes where you or anyone else gets hurt, those aren't funny. I mean the ones where noone is hurt, but immediately after, you just KNOW it was hilarious, even if you couldn't actually see it, if it happened to you. This morning, I was going out for my first test ride on the Miele, which I bought as a frame and built up. Outside of my basement door, there's a patch of cement, then a stretch of grass, then a paved parking lot, owned by a church on my block. I pushed it to the edge of the grass, mounted and started pedaling, and almost immediately went over the bars, and the stem twisted pretty far, making me think I might have died but didn't know it yet. I landed in the grass, which was a soft muddy composition, so I wasn't hurt at all, except for my pride, and since I was 90% sure noone saw it, I had myself a good laugh. It seems the adjuster screws on the back dropouts, weren't actually adjusted at all, so even though my rear wheel was clamped in right, as soon as I put any weight on it, the rear wheel got pretty discombobulated, and went against the chainstay pretty firmly, resulting in me saying hello to the ground. I got a little paranoid of those screws, and just removed them, since I can't imagine me needing to adjust anything there anyways. So share your funny crash stories, I'm pretty sure someone has me beat.

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    I was out in the lanes near Manchester Airport on the way back from a day ride and being a lover of planes I turned my head round to watch a plane take off.

    I had my saddle height higher then and the road was cambered slightly. The bike began to lean to the left and I suddenly found myself falling with nowhere to put my foot down.

    I ended up sitting in a puddle full of brambles with my concerned partner rushing back to help me while I sat there laughing my head off.

    Poor guy thought I was laughing at him and it took some convincing to make him realise I was laughing at myself lol.

    Good job it was a fairly hot day and I was wearing shorts, soon dried off
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    1986, first set of clipless (white Look) pedals just installed on my C-dale: "Wonder how hard you can pull up on them without pulling out?" Wheelie followed by me on my back on the driveway, feet still firmly attached to pedals: "Pretty damn hard, I guess!"

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    About .4 miles from where I am sitting right now I ran off the road, flipped in the air and crashed into a bunch of bushes and plants at the side of the road. It was about 1976, I could drive but was riding my bike on a very early and warm summer morning down a long striaght two lane road. A girl in my class big sister let her dog out the front door, maybe 30 yards away I guess, real close, she had one of those real thin gauze like shirts on, and that was all. She had to have known, and she could have killed me, but it would have been ok. My bike and I were both fine, but I will never forget...
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    Three of us were riding to Santa Barbara one morning on a two lane country road. All of us at the same time spotted a small store and instinctively headed for it. All of us went down in the road running into each other. There was nothing else or a soul around.

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    Of course, crashes at speed are no laughing matter. But slow, or no, speed ones can be. It's been 40 years, thank goodness, and I only did it twice, but pulling up to a stop and forgetting to loosen a toe strap can be amusing. I leave them looser now.

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    I was in a group ride going about 30 mph on a slight downhill run when I tapped the rear wheel of the rider in front of me. Immediately my bike started to wobble & I got to shakin', fearing the worst. At that point, my right foot popped out of the Look Pedal & the tip of my toe headed right into the spokes of my rear wheel as I started to go down When, all of a sudden, my bike jumped back up & righted itself. Miraculously, I kept on rolling like nothing had ever happened. At that point, the rider behind me pulls alongside me & says: "that's a good one, you gotta show it to the pro's".

    Had I gone down, it would have been a serious fall. No tailgating...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rootboy View Post
    It's been 40 years, thank goodness, and I only did it twice, but pulling up to a stop and forgetting to loosen a toe strap can be amusing. I leave them looser now.
    Knock on wood, rootboy, that's the only time I've gone down. Rolling up to a stop light & not getting my foot out of the toe straps fast enough. Never did get along w/ those things & was completely thrilled when clipless pedals came upon the scene...

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    Decades ago I pulled up to a stoplight on a wicked windy day. Before I could put a foot down a gust of wind knocked me over.

    This past year I was climbing Cadillac Mt. in Acadia Natl Park on the Masi, also a windy day. Near the top I was going slowly into a crosswind and being passed by a gaggle of Corvettes out on a club ride. I started wobbling so I ran off the pavement and tried to stop. I put my right foot down but the ground was soft brush falling away down the slope, so over I went. I went down in soft brush, dropping several feet below the road surface with my feet and the bike up in the air and the ground too soft for me to maneuver. Folks from the nearest car saw me go over, stopped and came over to see if I was okay. They helped me up by taking the bike off my feet. The bike and I were unharmed.
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    All my crashes except one were stopped or going slowly, Doggone SPD's. Sometimes I deserve to feel stupid.

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    1997 MBAA state finals at Sunrise ski resort in Arizona. Lap 2 of 2 halfway up the ski mountain, tired as heck on a short steep climb, legs quite working, fell over and laid there for about 5 minutes before I could unclip and get back on the bike. I finished but I don't think I've ever been so exhausted.
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    First trip to the trails, on my new Specialized P-1 all mountain(not dirt jumper) I am riding along killing all the climbs and generally feeling like a badass, when out of the blue on a flat straight section of path through some trees, WHAM. My hips go flying into the back of the stem, I start to go over, but the bike stops and hovers about 45* (back wheel in the air) It stays there for a second, then a slow motion lean to the right. I hit the ground already laughing. only a slight sharp pain on my lower abdomen which faded soon after. I looked and looked, and never found what caused the endo. Weirdness.,,,,BD
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    My youngest was riding on the back pegs of his brothers BMX.

    From the window I see them at speed heading down the trail.

    -BUMP-

    He slips off the pegs and lands on the rear wheel

    His shorts are sucked under the brake bridge and they fall over.

    I thought his jewels were ripped from their foundation

    Lucky boy !!

    The only loss was the skin on both cheeks from landing on the tire.

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    There are funny crash stories?

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    Mine was.
    Quote Originally Posted by Saguaro View Post
    There are funny crash stories?
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    Mine was funny too, I'd love to have seen it, and known there was no pain involved. It made me remember Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, where the full-grown guy keeps trying to ride an oversized tricycle, and keeps falling over.

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    Funny..at the time no....Now, yes! Everyone is fine, my son knows not to ride on someone elses pegs and I'm hoping the lesson learned applies to other aspects of his life. We still laugh about it at dinner table. So ya, a crash can be funny.

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    So I was a kid riding my big bro's english racer, it was way too big and I was not that good with hand brakes having riden a bike with coaster brakes most of the time. I turned a corner and spotted a girl I had a mad crush on, sped up intending to screech to a skidding halt right in front of her and show off my biking prowess. Well I grabbed a hand full of front brake and hardly any rear and flipped right over the handlebars. Time slowed to a crawl and all I could think of was how I was going to ruin my summer by busting an arm or leg, man this was gonna hurt. Well I sailed over the bars, did a somersault rolling over my shoulder and back and popped up on both legs unscathed. I looked back to see my bike wobbling but still barely coasting towards me and I grabbed it and stood there with a goofy grin on my face. She looked at me, mouth agape, then said "You're really weird" and walked off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rootman View Post
    So I was a kid riding my big bro's english racer, it was way to big and I was not that good with hand brakes having riden a bike with coaster brakes most of the time. I turned a corner and spotted a girl I had a mad crush on, sped up intending to screech to a skidding halt right in front of her and show off my biking prowess. Well I grabbed a hand full of front brake and hardly any rear and flipped right over the handlebars. Time slowed to a crawl and all I could think of was how I was going to ruin my summer by busting an arm or leg, man this was gonna hurt. Well I sailed over the bars, did a somersault rolling over my shoulder and back and popped up on both legs unscathed. I looked back to see my bike wobbling but still barely coasting towards me and I grabbed it and stood there with a goofy grin on my face. She looked at me, mouth agape, then said "You're really weird" and walked off.
    You win. That's just too weird to make up, so it HAS to be true.

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    One of my first rides with clipless on a mtb, I fell over after running out of steam on a steep hill and fell over and proceeded to slide down hill in slow motion....
    As a teenager was trying to talk to a pretty girl and rolled into a curb pitching over the bars-unhurt but no phone# either
    Doing my paper route (remember when kids did those?) my simplex derailleur snapped off and went through the spokes casing me to flip and land first on my front bag, then on the rear one and slide totally unhurt. Amazing considering how fast I was going.

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    Upon getting my Legnano Gran Permio II road ready for its test ride, I jumped on the bike in the back lane. Pushing on the pedal created two results...

    The bike went forward and the stem/handlebar assembly swung to the right...



    ...causing me to loose control at 1 mph. Needless to say, I was clipped in and went down like a falling turd. No harm done to me or the bike but my buddy, literally, had a urine accident, literally, which I (pardon the pun) spotted immediately:-) That, of course, added even more humor to the situation and created one more vintage bicycle story to tell.
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    When I was a kid, about 7, I went to live with my grandparents on their farm in eastern Oregon. I had one of those banana seat bikes, some cheap department store thing. One of our neighbors had one of those tall sissy bars that you put on the back to hold up the seat. Anyway, my grandma told me to go out to the pasture to get my grandpa and my dad and tell them that it was time to eat dinner. So I thought that I'd ride that bike out across the pasture.

    To help manage the feeding of his cattle, my grandpa had a single electric barbed wire that he would pivot on a single fence post and run across the field to partition off parts of the field that he wanted to keep the cattle out of.

    So I'm riding across the field and I see this single electric barbed wire coming up and, genius that I am, I'm thinking that my bike and I can easily fit underneath this wire. When I got close to the wire I just ducked and slipped right under, forgetting that I have this tall sissy bar on the back. The sissy bar caught on that wire and back flipped me over the wire. As I was coming down my neck got caught on the barbed wire and a couple of the barbs did their job and sliced my neck, although not very deep. To make matters worse, in the chaos of the situation as I stood up I and was trying to steady myself I reached out and grabbed the electric wire. The shock knocked me on my a$$.

    I went running back to the house bawling my eyes out and my grandma patched up my neck. I'll never forget that event.

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    Riding home after a rainy morning...roads looked like all was good. Hadn't rained in several hours.

    Taking the turn at the busiest intersection in our small town (one of two street lights) and BOOM! I'm on the ground sliding towards a car waiting to go....I sit up and look into the scared face of a guy I graduated with (20 years ago). He looks and says..."Jason?" I just reply, "Hey Chris, long time no see."

    As I move to the side of the road, here comes a carload of my current students (did I mention that I am a high school teacher?) half laughing, half concerned..."Are you alright Mr. Welch?!??"

    Needless to say, it was all over town before I even got home to the messages....

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    Quote Originally Posted by fettsvenska View Post
    When I was a kid, about 7, I went to live with my grandparents on their farm in eastern Oregon. I had one of those banana seat bikes, some cheap department store thing. One of our neighbors had one of those tall sissy bars that you put on the back to hold up the seat. Anyway, my grandma told me to go out to the pasture to get my grandpa and my dad and tell them that it was time to eat dinner. So I thought that I'd ride that bike out across the pasture.

    To help manage the feeding of his cattle, my grandpa had a single electric barbed wire that he would pivot on a single fence post and run across the field to partition off parts of the field that he wanted to keep the cattle out of.

    So I'm riding across the field and I see this single electric barbed wire coming up and, genius that I am, I'm thinking that my bike and I can easily fit underneath this wire. When I got close to the wire I just ducked and slipped right under, forgetting that I have this tall sissy bar on the back. The sissy bar caught on that wire and back flipped me over the wire. As I was coming down my neck got caught on the barbed wire and a couple of the barbs did their job and sliced my neck, although not very deep. To make matters worse, in the chaos of the situation as I stood up I and was trying to steady myself I reached out and grabbed the electric wire. The shock knocked me on my a$$.

    I went running back to the house bawling my eyes out and my grandma patched up my neck. I'll never forget that event.
    Oh geeze, I've encountered those electric fences before too, but on a minibike, when I was around 12, and once on a horse, when I was around 10. They don't really HURT you (unless you catch a barb, like you did), but they definitely wake you up good, LOL.

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    A friend was having a BBQ, so I biked over to her house. I arrive at a group of several people standing on the sidewalk. My plan was to slowly roll up and hop the curb before dismounting inside a gap in the small crowd. As I am about to lift the front wheel, something catches my attention. I neglect to jump the curb and with my feet strapped to the pedals and a tight grip on the bars, I proceed to perform a very slow and elegant and unexpected front flip/somersault coming to a gentle landing on my back while holding the upside-down bike directly above me. Those in attendance cheered with delight.

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