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    Damn those tram tracks, bless that helmet!

    Well, first time I've ever used my helmet (as opposed to wearing it) was yesterday.

    Light rain, tram tracks, a last-minute decision to make a turn - made it fine across the first track - front wheel slides straight out on the second one. Bam! Palm of glove gone, noggin bounced off the road, elbow and knee slightly redder than they've been for a while.

    I've had falls before, but this is the first time I've felt my head bounce off the road. Able to get straight up and off the road, fortunately, and ride away after a few minutes of minor repairs to me and the bike.

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    yikes. glad you're ok.
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    It was condensation on train tracks (just a foggy day, not rainy) that convinced me that gloves are a necessity -- the front wheel just took on a life of it's own.

    I take the helmet's necessity as a matter of faith because of stories like yours.
    Roll away the dew!

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    Glad your OK I still havnt gotten around to buying a helmet, but its up there on my list list of things to do! I will buy one very soon
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    I know I'm going down one day in a similar situation. I have a turn at a light on a mild downhill grade. The pavement has a nice crack between two lanes just waiting for me to lean a bit too much and get the angle just right when I hit the light on the green and bring in too much speed ... I hope I fair as well as you did when it happens.
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    haven't used my helmet yet, thankfully, but the road tires on my bike are JUST thin enough to fit nicely into groves in sidewalks, cracks in the streets, and MAX tracks as well. I haven't used my gloves yet either, but i have had a LOT of close calls where i thought i was going down. I will probably need to use them soon, knock on wood...
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    I'm glad you're OK. I had a similar crash on a wet roundabout in 2001, my head bounced on that occasion too. The worst thing about those crashes is the shock value, they seem to happen rather suddenly.
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    Good to hear that you are ok. Maybe you should get a new helmet now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by finnen View Post
    Good to hear that you are ok. Maybe you should get a new helmet now?
    Maybe? I think it is required. Becides, most helmet manufacturers have a exchange policy if you do a writeup on what happened.

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    I'm just waiting for some jackass to chime in and say you would've been OK even without a helmet.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post
    I'm just waiting for some jackass to chime in and say you would've been OK even without a helmet.

    You would have been fine without a helmet. If you don't mind being a vegetable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeyMac View Post
    You would have been fine without a helmet. If you don't mind being a vegetable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trek930 View Post
    Maybe? I think it is required. Becides, most helmet manufacturers have a exchange policy if you do a writeup on what happened.
    Yup, I just didnt want to come of too preachy

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    Quote Originally Posted by dalmore View Post
    I know I'm going down one day in a similar situation.
    Me too. I have a bridge on my route that was converted from railroad use, and there's one of the tracks still there. It's at about a 30 degree angle across the path at the bottom of a hill. First frosty morning, I may be toast...

    I am a helmet freak, by the way. I didn't incur $40K in student loan debt to risk bashing my head in!

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    ". . .a 30 degree angle. . ." -Buglady

    Just add water and you're in for trouble alright. . . Might be able to bunny-hop it. . .?
    Roll away the dew!

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