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Old 10-08-04, 04:59 PM   #1
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car meets bike bike looses (G)

Well today was fun. I had forgotten my wallet and had to go get it so I could go to the post office today. The weather was sprinkling but the roads were wet. Here I am going about 15 as the road starts to slope up. The bike lane is one lane out and not against right curb so I was in it. A lady in a SUV pulled out in front of me. I put on full brakes but I could not stop so I went to the left to go around her. I think I was close to stopping and she was too I think. But it she still hit me in the side. Man I did a face plant but my helmet sure saved me. I saw the road real close but only my chin got a whack my head bounced off the payment. Well the helmet did. I was thinking why did my face not get hurt? Then I finally figured it out my helmet hit not my face.
Lots of witnesses and I was in the right. The lady that did it was really nice and even brought me home. I thought I might need the ambulance that arrived but once my leg was not numb I could feel it was not broken just bruised up a lot.
So she brought me home gave me 100.00 to get a helmet and will fix the bike. Sure glad the frame is a good steel frame.
I do admit I forgot to turn on my front flasher. It is a xenon flasher so it would have been visible. I donít usually ride that time of day and I was in a hurry and forgot. But it sounds like she saw me and her food slipped off the brake pedal. (She admits she was at fault) so it may not have made a difference.
Well I sure needed to ship a bunch of orders today but this day is shot. I am not up to standing for a couple of hours now.
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Old 10-08-04, 05:11 PM   #2
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But it sounds like she saw me and her food slipped off the brake pedal. (She admits she was at fault) so it may not have made a difference.
Well I sure needed to ship a bunch of orders today but this day is shot. I am not up to standing for a couple of hours now.
Damn fast food culture! Glad to see your relatively intact.
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I missed the fast food reference in the story.....

glad to hear you are alright after the hit. are you positive $100 will cover the costs?
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the 100.00 she gave me was just for the helmet. I have to take the bike in. of course my mecahnic is not answering the phone today (G)
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the 100.00 she gave me was just for the helmet. I have to take the bike in. of course my mecahnic is not answering the phone today (G)
I hope you still got some witness names and numbers.

She might have been all apologetic and cooperative at the scene, but the sticker-shock might change her tune real fast.

What happens if you find your frame is cracked/dented/bent? Most non-cycling drivers who get involved in accidents with bicycles are shocked to find out what bicycles often cost. A few witness names and statements would be a good bargaining chip to have if she needs "convincing" that your bike really cost that much to repair...

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the whitnesses the witnesses gave me a paper with their names and phone numbers.
But I think she really cared you can tell the fake people pretty easily. She did not deny it or try to get out of it. I have all of her insurance info too.
I hope the frame is fine it is a really nice steel Italian frame. The front wheel popped off and the back was stick to the brake pads but that's all I saw wrong. But I was too wiped out to check further.
Man I am going to be sore tomorrow. The leg feels better walking then laying. My knee is getting stiff too. If she had not started then stopped and then started again I would have been fine. when she started the first time I put on the brakes then she stopped but when she started again I could not stop in time.
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Aw man that sucks. I hope nothing seriously major is damaged (you or the bike). It's good to know the driver was sincere about caring.
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Wow, good to hear you are ok. I have sort of a constant thought that it is going to happen to me sometime. As long as the helmet is on, and I am riding as safely as I can, I am sure it will work out like your situation. Thanks for the story.
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I missed the fast food reference in the story.....

glad to hear you are alright after the hit. are you positive $100 will cover the costs?
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........ her food slipped off the brake pedal..
That help a bit? I was hoping to add a touch of levity to the situation.
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(G) it was a bit funny me on my hands and knee's in the middle of the road. with a big knot on the end of my shin.
but many my knee is gonna be sore tomorrow. it is getting stiff.
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What's with the (G) bit?
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got to laugh at how goofy I looked in the middle of the road.
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Old 10-09-04, 06:30 PM   #13
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well I draggged my bike on the bus to the shop. I had to squeeze the forks together to get the front wheel on. Ithin kthe crank arm is bent and the front detailer is bent. HE will call me money and tell me what all is wrong.
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I may have missed this..... but you DID get a police report right?

I have been in accidents, I know now to ALWAYS get a police report and go through insurance. Bikes are expensive, medical costs can be high.... always better safe than sorry. I think about that more everytime I have to sit down for long periods of time and my knee starts to swell up from an accident I had about 6 months ago.

I hope you feel better. Even the nicest person can turn around and screw you when they get a $500 bill to fix a bike and a $1,000 bill for xrays and checkups.

good luck!
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ther was no police report though a cop showed up. the amulance driver did the report. no medial needed but I think she will pay for it. I have all the witnesses names and all.
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How much do you think your bike is worth around?

Just curious as I am one of those who thinks "Bicycles don't cost that much to fix."

Unless of course you've got an extra high end bike.
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Well that's hard to say. I mean the frame is about 12 years old
http://www.racycles.com/rd/catalog/c...us_2038691.htm
This is my bike though I had different components on it. Mine has a great matching fork that is toast. Some of the components are lower quality were it did not matter cranks and front derailleur and good where it did shimano dura ace rear detailer
The picture does not show the cool details of the frame it has campy dropouts and some cool details on the rear triangle. Everyone who really looks and knows wants it (G)
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