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Old 03-31-09, 10:51 AM   #1
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Mirror Mirror Knock Me Down....Ouch!

Nice day! Warm and sunny, trees in bloom, daffodils everywhere. I decide to take
the long slow commute in to work today to enjoy the wonderful spring day.

Then one of these comes along and clips my left shoulder (thankfully not my head).



I was in an actual bike lane at the time. Unfortunately, so was the truck that the
mirror was attached to.

I saw a pretty bunch of yellow hyacinth as I flew through the air over my handle bars.
I smelled the juniper as I plowed through the bush. I tasted the salty asphalt and sand
as I tumbled down the road.

The white truck didn't stop. No one else around. Didn't get the license plate number as
I was too busy counting my teeth to make sure I still had them all (I do).

Bruises, scraps, and fat lip.



Good day....

Dr. Joe

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Old 03-31-09, 11:14 AM   #2
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ouch. I'm sorry
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Old 03-31-09, 11:23 AM   #3
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if you see it again at least you may be able to recognise the truck, I mean how many people have one of those?
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Old 03-31-09, 11:27 AM   #4
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wow, tough break man. I hope you, and your bike, are ok!
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I mean how many people have one of those?
Many in my area do, rural, lots of farm country, livestock, etc....


Now to start the ride home.

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Old 03-31-09, 01:14 PM   #7
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that's annoying. I'd still report it to the police though, then they have a record in case it happens to someone else.
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Sorry to hear about this, hope you can make a speedy recovery. This gives me yet another reason to avoid bike lanes!
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that's annoying. I'd still report it to the police though, then they have a record in case it happens to someone else.
This is true and if he was in the bike lane and did not stop after he hit you! I hate to say it but he my have done this knowing you could get smacked by the thing! A hit and run is a felony crime and I would report it.
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I feel your pain.
No, not really.
Would you like some ibuprofen?

Important unanswered question:
Is your bike OK?

(probably not your birthday - that would be ironic)
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You better report this. Even if they don't catch the driver for what he did to you, it establishes a pattern in case he is ever caught doing it to someone else.
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Old 03-31-09, 05:10 PM   #12
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That really sucks.

I use a helmet mounted rear view mirror. It has saved me from this fate at least twice in the past 25 years of use. Ditching into the bush of my choosing is preferable to pot luck.

Again....bummer.
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I use a helmet mounted rear view mirror.
I have a mirror. But, it was too quick as I think they did a bit of a crazy ivan my way. I bet
dollars to doughnuts they were "texting."

Turns out I cracked a rib or two. Please don't make me sneeze.

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ps.... bike is okay.
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Old 04-06-09, 09:19 AM   #14
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So, have you contacted the cops yet? Don't know about Maryland, but leaving the scene of an accident at which someone is injured is a very serious offense here. Regardless of whether you got the plate, I would think a police report is a good idea.
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Report as detailed a description as you can. There can not be too many white trucks with an attached mirror like that in the area, especially a possibly bent one.
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A buzz-gone-wrong, perhaps?


Not that a buzz can really go right.
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i had the same thing happen to me last month. it was at night, no one else on a 2 lane road with no bike lane. a car came up behind me i was aware of it and it cliped me and i hit the parked suv. my front wheel went into the parked car's wheel well and the person didn't stop. my front wheel is bent. had to disengage the front breaks. nothing i could really do, i just got squeezed.
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