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Old 08-22-12, 08:46 AM   #1
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Helmet saved me a visit to the hospital today. :)

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Cruising along at 17mph, see grocery cart on driveway of church... np it's not in the bike lane... mother****er starts rolling... and now it's in my lane... Look over my shoulder and there is a truck in the lane next to me. Slam on the brakes about 10' away from it and hit it going pretty fast... Up and over the bars. The truck guy pulled over immediately and helped me get my bike out of the road and get me composed and off of the road... asked if I needed 911, etc. Faith in humanity sort of restored.

Destroyed my basically brand new Giro Aeron helmet, taco'd my front wheel... Going to take the bike to my LBS and have them assess the frame and the fork. Shifts fine, and there is a little road rash on the brake / shifter lever.
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Old 08-22-12, 08:54 AM   #2
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Glad you came out healthy and that the guy in the truck seemed like decent person.


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Whooooo! Glad you're mostly OK!
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Old 08-22-12, 09:38 AM   #4
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Wouldn't you LOVE to find out who left that cart there? I hate people at the stores who won't walk 10' to put a cart in the return bin. Rather they just leave it out in the lot, sometimes on an incline to roll into a car at the first gust of wind. If I see people doing it, I call them out on it. By the same token, if I see a mother or elderly person loading their goods into the car, I' wait a second and take the cart for them.

What's wrong with people anyway?

Glad you are okay. I went down a few weeks ago, trashed my Trek helmet, but my head is still intact!
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Whew. These dang helmets actually work. Heel quickly.
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Just tested mine a few weeks ago! Them new fangled things do work.
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Old 08-22-12, 08:04 PM   #7
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Yup. Mine is nice and cracked too. Saved my life last month.




Picking up my new one tomorrow. After that incident I'll never forget to wear it again.
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Old 08-22-12, 09:37 PM   #8
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Please remember that as soon as this even looks like a conversation about the need to wear a helmet vs. not, it gets merged into the helmet thread in A&S. So let's keep it on topic....pleeeeeezzzzzzeeeee!

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Just tested mine a few weeks ago! Them new fangled things do work.
Ditto that. I cracked mine in a 2008 crash.
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Please remember that as soon as this even looks like a conversation about the need to wear a helmet vs. not, it gets merged into the helmet thread in A&S. So let's keep it on topic....pleeeeeezzzzzzeeeee!

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Glad you are ok! Never would have thought about defending myself from a rogue cart, but I guess....
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You know, if people don't want to start a debate on the effectiveness (or lack of it) of helmets, they really shouldn't post opinions like "helmets work" or "my helmet saved me" and so on. Others will feel, reasonably enough, that their contrary opinions about the usefulness of helmets are just as sincerely held and just as deserving of a hearing. There's around 130 pages of this discussion in the A&S thread, and that thread is the third or fourth incarnation of the debate.

OP, I'm glad you are OK. I was hit by a car lately, banged my head on the road, separated shoulder. No helmet. I'm fine too.

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Old 08-25-12, 09:20 PM   #13
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Yeah, I don't think non bike riders see the same road hazards that we do. I try to anticipate problems as I ride but; I wore my new helmet yesterday. Bounced the old one off the road about a week ago and bought a new one to replace it. No visible damage to the old helmet but I did feel my head bounce. Figure helmets are one use type items so decided to replace it. I was starting from a stop light and the chain skipped a gear ( I think I down shifted before the stop without cranking through the shift before stopping). As I stood to accelerate away from the stop, I was down bouncing on the road before I knew it. Stay safe out there.
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Wouldn't you LOVE to find out who left that cart there? I hate people at the stores who won't walk 10' to put a cart in the return bin. Rather they just leave it out in the lot, sometimes on an incline to roll into a car at the first gust of wind. If I see people doing it, I call them out on it. By the same token, if I see a mother or elderly person loading their goods into the car, I' wait a second and take the cart for them.

What's wrong with people anyway?
Yeah, my rant for today. Today I was wearing a HiVis t-shirt and had a pedometer strapped to my ankle. While I was loading groceries into my Honda, the able-bodied driver of the car parked next to me rolled his empty shopping cart behind my car so I could push it the extra 15 feet to the corral or take it back inside the store. HEY -- just because I'm wearing HiVis doesn't mean I work for the store! and no that isn't an ankle monitor on my leg, I'm not doing community service.

Back on topic, I have had some bad incidents on the bike but there was usually a silver lining with some very caring/generous behavior from total strangers. Pass that forward if you can.
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glad your ok and glad your helmet worked \m/\m/
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Glad you're okay, I never leave the flow of traffic for exactly this reason. I may be in the bike lane but I move around within it and I take the painted line frequently. I don't like the idea that cars, trucks, or buses can use the excuse that a bike lane is a "penalty box". In my opinion, if I need to use "their" lane, I'm entitled to take it in a safe manner.

You made a mistake by reacting too slowly to the threat. Your glance over the shoulder came too late. If you could have taken a place outside the bike lane you would have missed the shopping cart. If you weren't able to take a place in the vehicle lane, you should have been on the brakes and had time to stop.

Yes, hindsight is 20:20. But if you don't ask yourself, "What could I have done differently?", you may not get the benefit of learning from the mistake.

BTW: If riding like I describe sounds like an invitation to driver rage, I'm guilty as charged. I've got no sympathy for those that would use the size of their vehicle to establish their right to the the road. OTOH, it has taken me a long time to accept that I should wait in a line of traffic instead of barreling to the front. I hope that makes up for my impertinence.
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Glad to read that you are ok the bike/parts can be fixed or replaced...
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Glad you're okay, I never leave the flow of traffic for exactly this reason. I may be in the bike lane but I move around within it and I take the painted line frequently. I don't like the idea that cars, trucks, or buses can use the excuse that a bike lane is a "penalty box". In my opinion, if I need to use "their" lane, I'm entitled to take it in a safe manner.

You made a mistake by reacting too slowly to the threat. Your glance over the shoulder came too late. If you could have taken a place outside the bike lane you would have missed the shopping cart. If you weren't able to take a place in the vehicle lane, you should have been on the brakes and had time to stop.

Yes, hindsight is 20:20. But if you don't ask yourself, "What could I have done differently?", you may not get the benefit of learning from the mistake.

BTW: If riding like I describe sounds like an invitation to driver rage, I'm guilty as charged. I've got no sympathy for those that would use the size of their vehicle to establish their right to the the road. OTOH, it has taken me a long time to accept that I should wait in a line of traffic instead of barreling to the front. I hope that makes up for my impertinence.

Nope, you basically just wrote down how I ride a bike... I ride very aggressively, I will take the lane if there is not a car immediately there. And yep, my reaction to the threat was too late... which is what got me owned.
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My BIGGEST bet peeve is when approaching a stop sign, even if I take the lane, cars will pass me in the other lane, then cut over and stop with their vehicle so close to the curb I have NO where to go. When I get curbed like that, the profanity flies. I have even had to put my foot in a door, more a reaction than a calculated action.

Sorry, just had to vent that here. Any way to prevent this? I can't think of anything. Taking the lane is the only thing I can even try.
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Look over my shoulder and there is a truck in the lane next to me. Slam on the brakes about 10' away from it and hit it going pretty fast...
Given that situation, what do you think would have helped you avoid the accident? If you'd had a mirror and was aware of the truck's presence earlier, do you think it would have helped?
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You know, if people don't want to start a debate on the effectiveness (or lack of it) of helmets, they really shouldn't post opinions like "helmets work" or "my helmet saved me" and so on. Others will feel, reasonably enough, that their contrary opinions about the usefulness of helmets are just as sincerely held and just as deserving of a hearing. There's around 130 pages of this discussion in the A&S thread, and that thread is the third or fourth incarnation of the debate.
Just because someone puts the word "helmet" in a thread title doesn't mean it's an invitation for an A&S pro/con debate. It's pretty clear that's not what the OP intended in his first post.

Please keep this thread on topic. Helmet pro/con posts will be handled accordingly.
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Given that situation, what do you think would have helped you avoid the accident? If you'd had a mirror and was aware of the truck's presence earlier, do you think it would have helped?
Good thought. I use my mirror a LOT when coming to intersections, etc. I'd be lost without it.
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Glad you're OK! I also wear a helmet. I wear gloves also because I know if I go down I'm going to tear the skin off of my palms trying to brace myself.

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My BIGGEST bet peeve is when approaching a stop sign, even if I take the lane, cars will pass me in the other lane, then cut over and stop with their vehicle so close to the curb I have NO where to go. When I get curbed like that, the profanity flies. I have even had to put my foot in a door, more a reaction than a calculated action.

Sorry, just had to vent that here. Any way to prevent this? I can't think of anything. Taking the lane is the only thing I can even try.
Uh, don't filter up and just wait your turn at the stop sign?
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