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Old 10-12-08, 02:48 PM   #1
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Ride 50 -65 Miles – CRASH!

Ok – Well this weekend was my 3 day trip with BRAGFEST. (BRAG = Bike Ride Across Georgia). They held a 3 day camping and Bike weekend at La Grange College. I showed up Friday morning – ready to ride. The plan was to ride each of the 3 days – with Saturday being my first Century.

So Friday – we went out – I rode with a friend of mine- who is an experienced BRAG rider. She even lent me a pad, tent and sleeping bag and set the tent up for me by the time I arrived! I met her through biking – what a find! She helps motivate me on rides –as she is steady and strong…Anyway we set out – and as often happens _ I start out a lot more revved- and she will catch up (though over any distance – I am the one catching up to her – so it’s just that I have excitement/energy and desire in the beginning. I also have in mind the weigh in on National Internet – and am hoping to get my Heart Rate up…so I take off…and then decided to practice cadence…

Anyway – I settle in eventually we stop at a gagillion Rest Stops… I think I have OD’d on PBJ!

OK – So there we are – over half way in I believe – lots of hills – but all manageable. Feeling good – going up hill much stronger! So at one flat part I am drafting my friend (She is not someone who drafts at all – so she is not that into it – so if I do draft…It’s all on me to navigate correctly for the most part.) So we see some poor fellow walking his bike – and both slow down to see if he needs help – anyhoo – Carol slows way down – and I am still moving … I did not expect her to slow like that – and CRASH I hit her … my tire rammed into her leg – she stayed up and was not too hurt – and I went down still clipped in on one foot… Big black and blue on leg and it’s swollen… Elbow and knew roughed up a bit and arm sore… Scary to fall in the street – Anyway… I guess I have learned – be really really aware when you draft!


Oh and the bike computer was acting up big time! Said I went 67mph (HAH!) so it was about 65 miles at who knows what speed!

That night I camped out (Jeez am I a cyclist and a camper?) So for some reason the campsite is next to a friggin train rack. I think someone counted 12 trains that went through one night…My tent vibrated form the train! Not too restful- but aw well. I am a camper! OK – Next day Ride 51…The Century!


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Old 10-12-08, 02:56 PM   #2
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Sound kinda fun, except for the crash.
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Old 10-12-08, 02:58 PM   #3
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As always, great story and pictures! Glad to hear you're OK too, keep up the good work.

Hope to be out of the sling and back on my bike in the next week or two. Sure hating what it's going to be like to get back to where I was before I fell.

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Old 10-12-08, 03:04 PM   #4
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That night I camped out (Jeez am I a cyclist and a camper?) So for some reason the campsite is next to a friggin train rack. I think someone counted 12 trains that went through one night…My tent vibrated form the train! Not too restful- but aw well. I am a camper! OK – Next day Ride 51…The Century!


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Old 10-12-08, 10:49 PM   #5
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Cool deal! Looking good MissB, you're becoming quite the cyclist.
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It sounds like the crash happened at slow speed- be glad of that.

I went backpacking one time, the place didn't allow campfires, I was by myself, late in the year, so it was cold and windy, no fun sitting outside, so nothing to do but crawl in a sleeping bag at 6:30 PM or so and wait for morning. The first night, I woke up every half hour, seemed like. Second night, I woke up two or three times. Third night, slept right through, 12 hours. So maybe that's the secret with sleeping next to the railroad track, too.
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Old 10-13-08, 12:01 AM   #7
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MIssB, you now have another rite of passage out of the way. A crash. Welcome to the club.

There are 2 kinds of cyclists, those who've crashed, and those who haven't......yet.
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What kind of computer do you have? With mine, anytime my headlights are on it says I'm doing 75.1mph, and anytime I ride under traffic lights it'll quickly jump up to the mid 20s then come back. It's all about LED, the signals screw with the computers. If you wanna see what I'm talking about, take your computer and put the back of it on the front of your cell phone, then have someone call you and watch what happens.
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MIssB, you now have another rite of passage out of the way. A crash. Welcome to the club.

There are 2 kinds of cyclists, those who've crashed, and those who haven't......yet.
Yeah that's very true, and "YET" is a great way to put it!
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What kind of computer do you have? With mine, anytime my headlights are on it says I'm doing 75.1mph, and anytime I ride under traffic lights it'll quickly jump up to the mid 20s then come back. It's all about LED, the signals screw with the computers. If you wanna see what I'm talking about, take your computer and put the back of it on the front of your cell phone, then have someone call you and watch what happens.
Is your computer wired or wireless, many wireless computers can be affected by RFI (radio frequency interference), all electronics give off some RFI, wireless bike computers sensors tend to have very tiny transmitters, so it doesn't take much RFI to affect them quite a bit. Wired computers, which don't depend on transmitters and a receiver, tend not to be affected.
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What kind of computer do you have? With mine, anytime my headlights are on it says I'm doing 75.1mph, and anytime I ride under traffic lights it'll quickly jump up to the mid 20s then come back. It's all about LED, the signals screw with the computers. If you wanna see what I'm talking about, take your computer and put the back of it on the front of your cell phone, then have someone call you and watch what happens.
If you've got a headlight with separate battery and lamp head, see if you can mount your lamp head somewhere other than the handlebar. I've used both halogen and LED (generator driven LED, even) without interference to my computer because I mount the headlight at the front of my front rack. To make it less of a possibility for interference, I run my computer wiring up my left fork blade, and my generator wiring up the right blade.
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MIssB, you now have another rite of passage out of the way. A crash. Welcome to the club.

There are 2 kinds of cyclists, those who've crashed, and those who haven't......yet.
I thought the rule was there were two kinds of cyclists, those who crash and those who crash often.
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Unless I've had a really bad day, anything different from home while camping is a bonus.
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I am sorry to hear that you crashed, but glad to hear that you could continue riding.

I've been fortunate that when I was riding my Century ride in August with the local club (Niagara Frontier Bike Club) that most of the riders are experienced that are VERY good about using signals and calling out warnings. I would never have made it in anywhere near the time I did on that ride, if it wasn't for the generosity of the strong riders out front that let me draft (and didn't mind). All the riders signaled slow downs and constantly pointed out road hazards. Everyone in line repeated the pointing at the hazzards to ensure that everyone behind would get the same message. Thanks to their "training" I soon learned how to help riders behind me be safer as well. It takes a little getting used to, but it does make one a very observant rider. Drafting definitely requires good concentration, but on the longer rides, it is very much worth it as the effort on the back is greatly reduced.

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Good going on getting the crash out of the way. Mine have mostly been at low speed except the one where I invented a new braking technique. Throw my leg in front of a stop sign and let the skin peeled off by the post absorb my momentum.
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MIssB, you now have another rite of passage out of the way. A crash. Welcome to the club.

There are 2 kinds of cyclists, those who've crashed, and those who haven't......yet.
Ummm... do crashes from way back count? I'm kinda not looking foreward to my next one.
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