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Old 05-29-11, 06:51 PM   #1
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Stupid things we do that keep us off the bike

So I have been looking forward all week to an all day mtb ride Monday with some friends. A new place opened up with 60+ miles of trails that are apparently awesome. Yesterday I take the kids to the pool and while they are playing I thought I would get a little workout in and start doing some laps. I miss judge the distance to the wall and whack my hand HARD on it . Jammed my thumb pretty good and now I can't grip anything, so it looks like I am going to miss the ride.

Just made me think, what other bonehead/careless/goofy things have we done that cause us to miss bike time?
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Old 05-29-11, 07:13 PM   #2
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Usually it's drink too much the night before for me.

Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of boneheaded things I've done to myself, but that's the most consistent.
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Usually it's drink too much the night before for me.
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Old 05-29-11, 08:56 PM   #4
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I work.

This keeps me off the bike and it certainly is pretty damn stupid!
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C'mon, someone had to say it!
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Old 05-29-11, 09:36 PM   #6
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Work, LOL, me too. I broke my wrist in October, just now getting to where I can do some distance without to much pain. Just last week I was trimming a tree, without safety glasses and scratched my left eye when the saw chunked something into it. Took me off the bike for a day, vision was so cloudy from the scratches.
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My stupid thing was on a bike. Last year I set my front brakes too tight on my bike the night before an MTB ride. On the ride, I was recording a partner at 25 mph, approaching a turn so I reached back to place the recorder into my jersey pocket.

I did what would be a routine feather of the front brakes but forgetting I had tightened them the night before, the brakes locked up and I flipped at 25 mph separating my shoulder! I was of the bike for atleast 3 weeks.
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I work.

This keeps me off the bike and it certainly is pretty damn stupid!
One of the active posters on the Commuter Forum, ItsJustMe, has this signature line, "Work: the 8 hours that separates bike rides."

I'm lucky that I can commute a fair distance to work, including long distance routes on weekends to go in for a few hours, so getting to work becomes a motivator and goal itself, yet does limit the time I can ride. Not enough sleep, due to work or socializing, is probably my worst demon.
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Family.

Short of that, nothing is stupid enough to get in the way
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Family obligations. Work. Home improvement projects.
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Ride forty miles the day before without a eating before the ride...

Guarenteed recovery day required.
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Last April, two days before the 200K brevet I had been training for all winter, I somehow injured my knee getting out of bed. I had to bail on the brevet, though I did a 42-mile ride that day, which was about the limit of what my knee would tolerate.

Since I hadn't fully woken up when I hurt my knee, I have no idea what I did to cause the injury, other than getting older.
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C'mon, someone had to say it!
Heh, yep it's still possible to operate a bike with a remaining good thumb.
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Old 05-30-11, 03:07 PM   #15
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Heh, yep it's still possible to operate a bike with a remaining good thumb.
I'm sure there are some riders good enough to do mountain biking 1 handed, but I am not one of them. Especially since it is my left thumb so I would have no front brake...
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