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Old 09-24-07, 03:33 PM   #1
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Listen to your instinct!

Hello all - I've been cycling since January this year (used to commute 7 miles - 7 years ago). I weigh about 265 pounds and have lost 30lbs since I got back on the bike - it's all good.

Anyway - you know when sometimes you are about to go out on a ride, you have work in the morning, it's past 9pm - it's raining, roads are slick and - in the back of your head the voice of reason chirps something about just staying in and chilling out.

Well I pushed that nagging voice away and took to the roads - I had just completed one lap of my circuit and am approaching a roundabout - doing 24mph - steady breaking - looking for a window of opportunity to sail across the roundabout. Anyway - I totally misjudged the breaking - managed to lock up - and lost the back wheel - after some hairy snaking about.

On the way to a painful meeting with the road - I had time to look behind me - luckily no cars in my lane. One guy in a passing car even asked if I was ok.

Limping home - at a safe 15mph - thinking about my relatively injure free body - a car glides by. Next thing I know a bag of chips (fries) comes sailing out the passenger window - obviously aimed at me - and aimed well - since it hit me square in my arm and all over my side.

I entertained the notion of sprinting after the car - and could have caught up at some traffic lights just ahead - I imagined myself punching the passenger in the face - but I chose a more serene path and just went home - aching bruised and covered in chip fat. My wife thought the chip incident was funny - and I can see the funny side.

Next time I will properly go out and learn to break better in the wet! Thanks for reading.
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Old 09-24-07, 03:37 PM   #2
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Looks like ya busted your cherry on hitting the pavement. Good you weren't hurt! I crashed saturday and this is the result.....


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Old 09-24-07, 03:45 PM   #3
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Ouch - I hope the shoulder gets well soon. I fell on a canal tow path last week - but on my other side - got to be careful out there.
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Old 09-24-07, 04:28 PM   #4
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Why the #$%* do people throw stuff at bicyclists? I've never had anything thrown at me, but on a few occasions they run up close and honk the horn. BS!
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Why the #$%* do people throw stuff at bicyclists? I've never had anything thrown at me, but on a few occasions they run up close and honk the horn. BS!
Because they assume your a second class citizen who is getting in the way of their precious (said in a Gollum like voice) , yes even if their precious has 10m of lane width to use, you have violated their right to use every mm of it, by having the audacity to use up the outside right 2m and possibly requiring that they move the steering wheel a whole 1mm in order to avoid you.
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Listen to my instinct? If I did that I'd never get out of bed in the morning. I'd never do anything that required any effort. I'd end up a SUPER Clyde.

My girlfriend tells me to listen to my gut. I repeat the great phrase from the great movie Hi Fidelity - "I've been listening to my gut since I was 14 years old, and I've come to the conclusion my guts have sh*t for brains".

Don't listen to 'instinct' or 'gut'. We lie to ourselves the most.
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Glad your okay. I've ate some pavement myself.
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Glad your okay. I've ate some pavement myself.
That's nothing, you want eating pavement, check out this one, but not if your squeamish.....
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I've often thought of inventing weapons for this sort of thing. Maybe some cyclist friendly version of this:

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Old 09-25-07, 11:47 AM   #10
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I've often thought of inventing weapons for this sort of thing. Maybe some cyclist friendly version of this:

Maybe some mini versions that fit into the handlebar ends!

Wogstercahat - that face injury looks bad - is it healed?
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Check out http://sheldonbrown.com/lirpa.html#bayonetz too bad there is no picture.
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Maybe some mini versions that fit into the handlebar ends!

Wogsterca - that face injury looks bad - is it healed?
Yup, and the shoulder that I FUBAR at the same time, only aches when the weather changes.
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