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Old 07-28-06, 09:22 AM   #1
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road rash.....yeeha!

Some days you should just stay in bed. Crashed not 30 seconds from home, hydroplaning on wet pavement and sliding down the street on my right side. Note to self: your slick tires don't grip worth a **** on corners, dumbass.
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Old 07-28-06, 09:35 AM   #2
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The Scenario: 12 am in the fall so it is blacker than black out I have one cateye light not doing much and it is pouring buckets out I am riding on the sidewalk go into the driveway of the school and the sidewalk makes a hump because of the gardening hit it at full speed maybe 22-24 mph ( I was out of the sadle sprinting ) it is a fully suspended mountain bike ( I think my cyclocomputer might have been off mtbs are to go slow ) and I fly I was flying I tell you I hit the grass and slide into a barbwire fence bike first so no roadrash just a good lickin I don't think I got out of bed the next day till 11 o clock or 12
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Some days you should just stay in bed. Crashed not 30 seconds from home, hydroplaning on wet pavement and sliding down the street on my right side. Note to self: your slick tires don't grip worth a **** on corners, dumbass.
Important question: Are you OK?

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Next question: Is your ride OK?



I found out the hard way that no tires grip wet, slick pavement in a parking garage. Cutting through the South Green parking deck at Ohio U on the way back to my dorm: Leaned the bike, turned the bars, slid out like it was a Slip-N-Slide.
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Old 07-28-06, 01:02 PM   #4
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The Scenario: 12 am in the fall so it is blacker than black out I have one cateye light not doing much and it is pouring buckets out I am riding on the sidewalk go into the driveway of the school and the sidewalk makes a hump because of the gardening hit it at full speed maybe 22-24 mph ( I was out of the sadle sprinting ) it is a fully suspended mountain bike ( I think my cyclocomputer might have been off mtbs are to go slow ) and I fly I was flying I tell you I hit the grass and slide into a barbwire fence bike first so no roadrash just a good lickin I don't think I got out of bed the next day till 11 o clock or 12
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I right in the style of James Joyce. I am sorry I don't put punctuation as the forefront of my mind I let the current thought come out and punctuation seldome follows. That is even why I have funny or incomplete posts because I am thinking about an idea or I might suddenly switch an idea or get distracted, and forget. English teachers hunted me down with grammer book in tote. It is quite paainfull for me to put punctuation in this post nad make it a single thought that flows. I don't even read over what I just wrought I just it post.
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Old 07-28-06, 02:00 PM   #6
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Some days you should just stay in bed. Crashed not 30 seconds from home, hydroplaning on wet pavement and sliding down the street on my right side. Note to self: your slick tires don't grip worth a **** on corners, dumbass.
Sorry to hear about your accident, hope you came out unscathed. I have found that wet pavement causes much less road rash than dry pavement.
I do have to correct a few misconceptions. First you did not hydroplane, Sheldon Brown explains it much better than I can http://sheldonbrown.com/tires.html
Second slick tires are not worse than treaded tires on wet pavement, and infact maybe better. The above link also explains this. However I do believe fatter lower pressure tires do improve wet weather traction as do softer rubber compounds.
Over all the best solution is to take it easy on wet roads as they are slick. After wiping out on wet roads a couple times my first few months of commuting I have had over two years without an accident once I learned the caution neccessary.

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My only wipeout on a bike was in San Diego with my brother - we were riding a night in some of the MTB trails - lots of fun. Anyway, as we were coming back, I was coming down a section and a shot rang out - or at least that is what is sounded like...

My brother was quickly trying to come up with an explaination of how he managed to get me shot. However, it was just a rock had slit the side of the tire completely open.

I went down, but managed to ease myself a little bit on my golve - but my right legged was pretty well scrapped up.

I survived - which was the important thing. Some duct tape and a new tube, and we were able to ride the rest of the way home.
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