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    The "What A Rush" thread reminded me of what happened when I was riding in CO a couple weeks ago.

    Since I am still rehabbing and developing leg and torso strength I bought a Giant Revel 29 for the gears and ease of balancing on wider tires. Not quite ready for the road bike yet.

    I took of from where I was staying heading downhill to a fairly flat paved trail along the river. Going down the hill my Garmin 705 mount loosened on the handlebars. At the time I was doing over 35mph on the concrete trail. In my fumbling to put the mount back where it belonged I managed to open the spring clip and the 705 went flying. Oh what a noise!

    To compound operator induced problems I pulled the brakes, very firmly. Did you know the disc brakes on the Revel will lock up the tires? Now I do. But the bike maintained a pretty good line. I'd like to say it was my riding skill. But, then I'd be fibbing.

    Eventually I got the bloody thing stopped; figured out how to get off the bike on a hill (first time doing that); and started walking back up the hill to what I was sure was going to be an expensive piece of junk.

    The 705 was lying on the concrete apparently undamaged. In fact, I couldn't even find a new scratch. That is one tough GPS!

    Then I had to figure out how to mount the bike while on a fairly steep downhill grade.

    I think I escaped with only a couple flat spots on the tires and a bit elevated heart rate.

    Question is whether I learned enough not to get distracted again?
    It is better to smell the flowers than taste the roots.

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    35 mph down the trail??? - to Santa Fe???

    Nope
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    Sure didn't see those responses coming. Actually there is a new wide and smooth trail. I was just coasting, not peddling. The hazard was when I grossly underestimated the braking power of those disc brakes. Sure a lot more powerful than the rim brakes on my road bike or the disc brakes on my hybrid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HawkOwl View Post
    Sure didn't see those responses coming. Actually there is a new wide and smooth trail. I was just coasting, not peddling. The hazard was when I grossly underestimated the braking power of those disc brakes. Sure a lot more powerful than the rim brakes on my road bike or the disc brakes on my hybrid.
    OK, I haven't been down the newly redone path, and, yes, I would likely go 35 - even though the speed limit is 15, as I recall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
    OK, I haven't been down the newly redone path, and, yes, I would likely go 35 - even though the speed limit is 15, as I recall.
    Going that fast and fiddling around with stuff is NOT cool


    On another note, I covet getting a speeding ticket to hang on the wall in the garage by my bike bench!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldsCOOL View Post
    Going that fast and fiddling around with stuff is NOT cool


    On another note, I covet getting a speeding ticket to hang on the wall in the garage by my bike bench!
    Considering your post about a deliberate foolhardy escapade I find your judgmental comment about my escaping from the consequences of a reflex action ironic.

    And you covet a trophy for going too fast in a School Zone?

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