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    Senior Member Crazydad's Avatar
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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    Usually it's drink too much the night before for me.
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    I work.

    This keeps me off the bike and it certainly is pretty damn stupid!

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    HTFU


    C'mon, someone had to say it!

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyHK View Post
    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by billyymc View Post
    HTFU


    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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    Quote Originally Posted by gbiker View Post
    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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