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Old 08-01-06, 05:04 PM   #1
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I got thtung!

Riding home today, felt a bug fly onto my lips. Refexively tried to swat it away with my left hand, when suddenly OOOOOOWWWWWWWWWW -- a wasp wreaked it's savage revenge on my lower lip.

It's been a bad week for commuting -- yesterday on my way into work I got sideswiped by a woman in a Civic who changed lanes without looking (bent large ring and bruises), and then on the way back somebody threw a peach at me from a car -- hit me square in the chest, and when I looked down to see the circular wet stain, I thought for a fraction of a second that I'd been shot.

I'm beginning to think I shoud just hide at home for the rest of the week.
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Man that sucks. I'll pour you a scotch ...

I got stung while riding on Sunday. Middle of the forehead. I thought it'd be horrible since I usually swell up like a balloon but I have to say if I ever have to get stung again - I want it on the forehead. I guess there's not enogh tissue and bloodflow there to get bothered by it.

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Riding home today, felt a bug fly onto my lips. Refexively tried to swat it away with my left hand, when suddenly OOOOOOWWWWWWWWWW -- a wasp wreaked it's savage revenge on my lower lip.

It's been a bad week for commuting -- yesterday on my way into work I got sideswiped by a woman in a Civic who changed lanes without looking (bent large ring and bruises), and then on the way back somebody threw a peach at me from a car -- hit me square in the chest, and when I looked down to see the circular wet stain, I thought for a fraction of a second that I'd been shot.

I'm beginning to think I shoud just hide at home for the rest of the week.
Geez that's rough! I guess a bug bite now and then is par for the course, though I can't say I'd enjoy it. I've swallowed a lot of bugs and got stung by flies, but never a wasp while on my bike. Sorry dude I'd buy you a beer if you weren't 3.5 states/provinces away

But that sideswipe and thrown peach would really piss me off. Did you get the Civic driver to pay you for your damaged bike??
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Geez that's rough! I guess a bug bite now and then is par for the course, though I can't say I'd enjoy it. I've swallowed a lot of bugs and got stung by flies, but never a wasp while on my bike. Sorry dude I'd buy you a beer if you weren't 3.5 states/provinces away

But that sideswipe and thrown peach would really piss me off. Did you get the Civic driver to pay you for your damaged bike??
Thanks ...

The sting I can live with; one of those unavoidable little hazards that isn't likely to happen again anytime soon. But the sideswipe and the peach got me furious ... the sideswipe, especially (so furious that after yelling at the woman I pedalled off without bothering to think about getting her name or plate).
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Old 08-01-06, 06:43 PM   #5
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Wow...I'm from Ottawa too, and disappointed to hear you ran into that here The peach would have put me over the edge...the sideswipe would have kept me off the bike for a bit I think.

Hope you have a better day tomorrow - looks like rain though OCTranspo for me blah.
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Well, they say bad luck comes in threes and it sounds like you've had 3 unlucky incidents so if I was you, I'd be playing the lotto right about now. Here's to better luck soon!
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The sting I can live with; one of those unavoidable little hazards that isn't likely to happen again anytime soon. But the sideswipe and the peach got me furious ... the sideswipe, especially (so furious that after yelling at the woman I pedalled off without bothering to think about getting her name or plate).
Very sorry to hear it... what size is that bent chainring. I got a few collecting dust?
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Very sorry to hear it... what size is that bent chainring. I got a few collecting dust?
Thanks, Moxfyre. It was a 52 tooth 9-speed shimano ... I have some bits and pieces lying around, too, so I should be okay.
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Thanks, Moxfyre. It was a 52 tooth 9-speed shimano ... I have some bits and pieces lying around, too, so I should be okay.
Sounds good. By the way, Sheldon Brown has a great article on unbending chainrings: http://sheldonbrown.com/straighten-chw.html. It worked very well for me, I used a rubber mallet and a bench vise.
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he sideswipe, especially (so furious that after yelling at the woman I pedalled off without bothering to think about getting her name or plate).
Contact your car insurance company, some of PIP coverage is extended to injury / damage when you are a pedestrian or while riding a bike. You may be covered...in Maryland my policy covers me while on my bike.
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bummer dude. Tomorrow is another day, though. Good luck.
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