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Old 04-22-09, 02:26 PM   #1
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So here's how the last crash happened:

Turning left through the busiest intersection in town, I wait in the lane and turn with the cars, hitting about 20 by the time I straighten out in the bike lane of the intersecting street. Then there's a quick right into an empty parking lot I cut through to get to my quiet side street - a short-cut home for lunch. This time, I hit 22 or so on the turn and took a bad line into the parking lot, heading right for the entry curb and landscaping. In the split second where I had time to either bunny-hop the curb and head through the bark, or slide back for a panic stop before I hit, I did neither - hitting the front brake too hard while positioned over the bar for a bunny-hop; it was a picture-perfect endo into bark and brush....

No harm done - there was a guy there talking on the phone with his jaw dropped, I jumped back up and laughed, gave him a like, I do that all the time just for fun, put my chain back on and rode off. Oh well. Jammed my wrist a little, but not a scrape otherwise. I suppose a crash now and then keeps things alert and in perspective.
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Old 04-22-09, 02:43 PM   #2
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You should draw this out on MS paint. (look in the ss/fg forum to see what I mean)
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Old 04-22-09, 09:10 PM   #3
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Dude:

Speed kills.

Never ride any faster than your guardian angel can fly.

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Old 04-22-09, 09:59 PM   #4
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I had a turn the other day in the rain that I overshot, due to coming in too quickly and not braking early enough, and not daring to brake harder when turning with a wet wheel on a wet road lined with gravel. As I straightened out, I slowed just enough to avoid running into a puddle/marsh. The last time I almost fell was in the winter when riding on snow and ice, and that time was deliberate (I was going slowly due to the ice, and tried my front brake to see what would happen).
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I jumped back up and laughed, gave him a like, I do that all the time just for fun, put my chain back on and rode off.
lol
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OK, so did you learn anything?
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OK, so did you learn anything?
Messages to bone-headed self:

1. Get in the habit of using both brakes, not just the front, whether you think you need to or not. Less endo's that way when reaction times are tight.

2. Slow up in traffic when you are getting ready to turn, even if it makes traffic slow behind you. Cars do it, for the same reason bikes need to.

3. Get some practice in turning at speed. It always been one of my weak points even when racing, and its probably about time I boned up on it.

That's about it.
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