Pedaled too far.
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: La Petite Roche
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When is a bike accident not a bike accident?
Is it a bike accident when your bicycle is 20 feet away from you when you crash?
Last evening I was returning home from a meeting. I only had one pannier on the bike but it was loaded and I was riding up a steep hill. It was a long hill so I decided to pause.
The turnout I stopped in was a little uneven. As I put my feet down, it was hard to get a steady stance. I realized that the weight of the pannier was dragging the bike off to one side. My center wasn't widely distributed enough so the bike was pushing me over as well. I let go of the bike and let it fall, and lifted my left leg and did a 180 degree turn over the top tube to get free of the bike as it fell over.
But with the intertia of the spin and the steep angle of the hill I found myself picking up momentum and having to run down the hill. I tried to keep my feet underneath me, but I was going faster and faster. I couldn't slow down and eventually I ended up stumbling and falling, giving my left knee a bad gash.
I guess I should be glad the pannier was on the side away from traffic.
And nothing some Neosporin, and a paper towel and duct tape for a bandage can't handle.
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Originally Posted by Bjforrestal
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Last edited by Artkansas; 04-27-12 at 04:04 AM.