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    I heard an interesting statistic

    We were sitting around my porch table drinking my homebrew beer and talking about my cycling last weekend (I'm the only one that cycles in my group.) Someone had heard a story that says a bike accident happens about every 5000 miles of riding, and at some point before I said I'd been trying to keep my riding up around 100 miles/week, which is hard for me because of the time commitment, not because of ability. So he then does the math: 100 miles/week, 52 weeks, but you don't ride through winter so maybe only 26 weeks, so every 2 years you should be getting into some kind of accident. Well I had my last accident in 2010.

    On Memorial Day I had my 4th accident in 8 years.

    Sheesh.

    At least this one only bruised me and left me with some road rash, no trip to the emergency room.

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    Did he provide the reference?

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    Geez - I am about 8 accidents behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
    Geez - I am about 8 accidents behind.
    I got you covered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jethro56 View Post
    I got you covered.
    Lol Out loud.
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    If you count the average tombay, I am all caught up. If you mean a traffic accident, I have never crossed paths with a car or truck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mort Canard View Post
    If you count the average tombay, I am all caught up. If you mean a traffic accident, I have never crossed paths with a car or truck.
    Yeah, I was gonna ask the same thing, do they mean a tombay, or a real accident?

    And does dumping the bike to avoid hitting a dog count as an "accident"?

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    I'm doing better than the benchmark.

    I just cursed myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mprelaw View Post
    Yeah, I was gonna ask the same thing, do they mean a tombay, or a real accident?

    And does dumping the bike to avoid hitting a dog count as an "accident"?
    For sake of convention, I would define accident as an occurrence in which a bike part or body part is broken and/or layers of skin and/or blood is deposited on the pavement and/or ground.

    I still would like to know where that stat comes from.

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    I haven't been hit by a car since 1972 so I must be way, way overdue. Better take up using an indoor treadmill with support bars on both sides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
    I haven't been hit by a car since 1972 so I must be way, way overdue. Better take up using an indoor treadmill with support bars on both sides.

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    Oh really????


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    Well then I suppose it is sit on the floor and twiddle my thumbs. But i'll wager Denver has an image of someone mauled by the carpet or their thumbs tangled around their neck strangling them. I knew I couldn't win! :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
    Well then I suppose it is sit on the floor and twiddle my thumbs. But i'll wager Denver has an image of someone mauled by the carpet or their thumbs tangled around their neck strangling them. I knew I couldn't win! :-)
    ROTFLMAO!!! That was a excellent reply!
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    I guess I'm a bit overdue. In over 480,000 miles of cycling, I have only been unseated once, and that was not really an accident as I was assaulted with intent. The bike was toast, but I did manage to stick the landing (in sandals, no less), which caused the attacker to lose his nerve. He also lost his radio antenna, since I clipped it on the way over his car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mort Canard View Post
    If you count the average tombay, I am all caught up. If you mean a traffic accident, I have never crossed paths with a car or truck.
    What is a tombay? I never hear that term.

    If dropping your bike to keep from hitting the pavement counts then I had an accident about 45 minutes ago. Almost never ride at night but tonight I had an overwhelming desire to go for a ride. I was going up a hill and I keep shifting down. I was all the way to the granny gear and was still struggling. I thought to myself what am I doing this is no fun. I decide to turn around and ride back. I turned too tight and the bike started to fall. I jumped off it to keep going down with it. So that was my accident for tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrandaddyBiker View Post
    What is a tombay? I never hear that term.
    It has to do with using clipless pedals. It's the zero MPH fall that you have when you roll to a stop and suddenly realize that you are still clipped in and can't clip out. To get maximum points it has to be witnessed by a carload of student nurses.

    Don't bother using that term anywhere else, it's a 50+ thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrandaddyBiker View Post
    What is a tombay? I never hear that term.

    If dropping your bike to keep from hitting the pavement counts then I had an accident about 45 minutes ago. Almost never ride at night but tonight I had an overwhelming desire to go for a ride. I was going up a hill and I keep shifting down. I was all the way to the granny gear and was still struggling. I thought to myself what am I doing this is no fun. I decide to turn around and ride back. I turned too tight and the bike started to fall. I jumped off it to keep going down with it. So that was my accident for tonight.
    From the French Tomber - to fall.

    And I've heard it used amongst cyclists in general, not just 50+.

    And in order for it to really count, they have to be French student nurses.

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    And also, I have no idea where that statistic really came from. Remember how I opened the thread: "We were sitting around my porch table drinking my homebrew beer..." that's all that really mattered.

    I would count anytime you couldn't get back on the bike and ride away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zacster View Post
    And also, I have no idea where that statistic really came from. Remember how I opened the thread: "We were sitting around my porch table drinking my homebrew beer..." that's all that really mattered.
    Enough of that homebrew, and we will be hearing that the average salary in the US of A is $1,000,000 per year. You gotta watch that homebrew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
    Enough of that homebrew, and we will be hearing that the average salary in the US of A is $1,000,000 per year. You gotta watch that homebrew.
    I've been up since 6am brewing up my next batch. I'll be done brewing by noon and back on the bike. It wasn't a serious accident this time, but to my point, I still had my wife come and get me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrandaddyBiker View Post
    What is a tombay? I never hear that term.
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