Dances a jig.
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Central, Ok
Bikes: 2007 Surly Long Haul Trucker 54cm (Commuting/Wanna' go tour so bad), 1985 Trek 670 21" (Road), 2003 Gary Fisher Tassajara 17" (MTB), Cannondale DeltaV 600 (commuterized MTB), some junker bikes in my garage
Over the Bars!
So here's my crash story for today.
I'm cruising down a main walkway (about as wide as a 2-lane road) at my university. I am cruising at a pretty good clip so I don't arrive at work late, but not too fast because there are some pedestrians around. Well all of the sudden a guy riding a bike appears in front of me. I mean, I swear he was teleported from the Enterprise right in front of me. Really though, he pulled out of a small path that runs perpendicular to the one I was on without looking. Of course by the time the impulses from my brain hit my muscles I could barely squeeze the brake lever before I slammed into his back wheel. I get pitched right over the bars and land hard on my right shoulder. He sticks around a bit to make sure I'm okay (nice guy), and apologizes. The flock of on-lookers mosey on to their next class, and everyone is fine (well except for me rubbing my shoulder). The kicker is the guy I hit didn't even fall over!
My bike: Just fine. It may have acquired a few more scratches, but it's an older Cannondale mountain bike made for abuse.
His bike: Also fine. The back wheel might be a little out of true, but nothing obvious from just looking at it.
Me: Very sore right shoulder, kinda sore right ankle, miscellaneous minor scrapes, and a scratched up carabiner that I keep my keys on.
Ahh, fun day at the university. If I would have been paying better attention I probably could have burned off a little more speed before slamming into his back wheel a little further rearward. Maybe, just maybe, I could have seen him before pulling out and anticipated him cutting me off. Oh well.
The lessons re-learned, always be watching, and always assume people will cut you off.