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    What Was Your Most Harrowing Experience While Bicycling?

    Perhaps my most harrowing and terrifying experience while bicycling occurred while riding up Cadilac Mountain (Bar Harbor, ME) when a tour bus almost squeezed me off the road and over the side of a 700-foot cliff.

    Did you ever have experiences like this while out riding, Foosters?
    If so, what were they? Please don't embelesh them, and no creative writing.
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    I once got clipped by a minivan while I was in the middle of the lane. Actually, it didn't bother me as much as getting chased by a rottweiler.

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    Riding down hill at 40+ MPH and a deer calmly walk out of the brush. We made eye contact, he slowly turned to the side as I swerved and my elbow felt the softness of his fur on his neck. This all happened in the span of 2 seconds.

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    Whenever I get hit by a car...

    Getting hit by a car, or nearly hit by car, are my most harrowing moments. When I've been hit or had a very near miss it is usually when I am commuting and there is lots of other fast moving traffic around.

    I have also had a little old lady who was clinging to the shoulder of the road go past me with less than half a meter of clearance at 100kmh.

    BTW I got doored today on the way home and now have a very sore shoulder and a nice big graze on my knee, and the bike has a bent front rim.
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    ... and the doorer?

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    Being nipped by a car into the side of a railroad bridge and almost being flung over. Then I had to ride home with my arm all bloody.

    Or perhaps it was hitting a speedbump on a Wal-Mart bike at about 8mph and it collapsed on me, sending me to the hospital with a serious concussion

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey View Post
    ... and the doorer?
    Appologised profusely for not seeing me. I got his contact details so that he can pay for the bike repairs. Why is they are always sorry but I'm the one getting bruises?
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    Having a driver decide to enter a single lane covered bridge, coming towards me... after I was already at the midpoint of the bridge.
    The rider in my avatar is David Etxebarria, not me.

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    Just this last April, I went down hard on rough concrete. Basically a freak accident--my front wheel literally locked into a groove in the concrete and the tube burst immediately. My head hit hard enough to where I literally couldn't remember how I'd gotten there or anything at all from the previous hour and a half. It came back to me bit by bit, but I'm glad I wasn't riding on my own that day.
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    Yesterday with Zorro and Tude, Zorro kept on trying to put a Z in my back with his tire as we rode.
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    But actually, it was prob. in the winter, when a trash can got knocked in front of me, and I had to go into a controlled crash to not hit it, with a line of cars behind me. I had no idea if they would stop or, if they would just try and swerve around me, and with how much slush/ice there was I had no idea where I would stop.
    In the words of Einstein
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    lets see....a crash in a race where my femur broke through the quadriceps and the skin. 2 severed quads, blood loss, 49skin staples, 60 internal stitches to repair the quads. went from a cat 3 to cat zero and took 2 years to get back on a bike

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    When I was a kid, I was jumping over trashcans on my Huffy Thunder Road POS.
    Just as I took off from the ramp, the handlebar clamp on the stem gave way. The landing, needless to say, really sucked and I went straight over where the bars should have been, then the bike went straight over me. I think the scar may still be on my shoulder, some 30 yrs later.

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    Once, while riding through a park, this old man started following me in his car. I would speed up, he would speed up. I would slow down, he would slow down. I stopped for a rest, he stopped and waited for me to continue, never getting out of his car. Went on for about an hour.

    I was really starting to freak out. Finally, I steeled up my courage and decided to confront him. I kept riding until I came to a parking lot with lots of cars and people in it, turned in and coasted to a stop. As I expected, the old man turned in as well and parked not far away.

    I took a few minutes to catch my breath and compose my thoughts. Finally, I took off my helmet and gloves and walked over to his car. As I approached, opened his door and got out of his car. I introduced myself and explained to him that I was aware that he had been following me for over an hour, and asked for an explanation.

    Turns out he had lost his son in a horrible accident, and I looked like his son. He even called me by his name. I explained that I was sorry for his loss, but I was not "Gary" and turned to walk away. He began to follow me. I tried to increase my walking speed, but as I was in cleats, this was a bit hard to do.

    He grabbed at my shoulder, and I was able to pull away and again tried to get back to my bike. The old man lunged for me, calling "Gary". I almost got away, but he was able to grab my ankle. The old man just kept pulling and pulling my leg, just like I have been pulling yours!!!!!

    I have never really had a harrowing experience while bicycling, sorry.
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    I was riding in Atlanta last fall. Some roadwork was being done. I was in a narrow section of the road and being pushed over by a car. Because of road construction the pavement was uneven. I hit a raised section and bounced up on the curb and went face first into a building just missing the large glass window.
    I had some cuts on my face. I was off the bke for about a week.
    Would you like a dream with that?

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    Not too many.. Did crash once but wouldnt describe it as harrowing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Once, while riding through a park, this old man started following me in his car. I would speed up, he would speed up. I would slow down, he would slow down. I stopped for a rest, he stopped and waited for me to continue, never getting out of his car. Went on for about an hour.

    I was really starting to freak out. Finally, I steeled up my courage and decided to confront him. I kept riding until I came to a parking lot with lots of cars and people in it, turned in and coasted to a stop. As I expected, the old man turned in as well and parked not far away.

    I took a few minutes to catch my breath and compose my thoughts. Finally, I took off my helmet and gloves and walked over to his car. As I approached, opened his door and got out of his car. I introduced myself and explained to him that I was aware that he had been following me for over an hour, and asked for an explanation.

    Turns out he had lost his son in a horrible accident, and I looked like his son. He even called me by his name. I explained that I was sorry for his loss, but I was not "Gary" and turned to walk away. He began to follow me. I tried to increase my walking speed, but as I was in cleats, this was a bit hard to do.

    He grabbed at my shoulder, and I was able to pull away and again tried to get back to my bike. The old man lunged for me, calling "Gary". I almost got away, but he was able to grab my ankle. The old man just kept pulling and pulling my leg, just like I have been pulling yours!!!!!

    I have never really had a harrowing experience while bicycling, sorry.


    Now that was just plain evil . Have you ever seen the movie "Duel" (Dennis Weaver)? That's where I thought you were going with this...

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    One time I was trying to save this alien that I found. The government was trying to take him for experiments and stuff. I wrapped him in a blanket and put him in the basket on the front of my bike (I was a bit younger at the time).

    Well, we were coming up to a big ravine or something and all of a sudden Alien boy twinkles his finger until it turns red and then me and my bike started flying 100s of feet over the ravine. It was wild I tell ya. I'll never forget it.

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    Going downhill on black ice. I didn't know it was there until I started downhill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    One time I was trying to save this alien that I found. The government was trying to take him for experiments and stuff. I wrapped him in a blanket and put him in the basket on the front of my bike (I was a bit younger at the time).

    Well, we were coming up to a big ravine or something and all of a sudden Alien boy twinkles his finger until it turns red and then me and my bike started flying 100s of feet over the ravine. It was wild I tell ya. I'll never forget it.
    That's...that's so beautiful man

    Did the government come with guns to try and catch you? Or were they just using walkie talkies...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weeks View Post
    That's...that's so beautiful man

    Did the government come with guns to try and catch you? Or were they just using walkie talkies...
    They were all over us....we ended up causing a car accident from all the dudes trying to get the alien boy. Did I mention alien boy farted about every 45 seconds? God....why was I bothering?
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    - it's pretty well established that Hitler was an *******.

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    Coming across a big ole grizzly. He stepped out on the road about 100 ft ahead of me.
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    mine is circonstances, nothing to do with traffic.

    last summer, I kept having fears that i wouldnt unclip on time, I have no idea where this came from, Id be riding and would have to get off my bike and Id be frozen with fears, i could just see hitting a car because i wouldnt unclip on time, it was ridiculous, like a phobia...

    it lasted for about 2 weeks and while I was out training with my partner, we were climbing this hill and my derailleur came off, the hill was very steep and I came still with the bike, couldnt unclip, twist my foot, sprained my ankel, partially tore my achilles tendon... what I had been afraid of had finally happened.

    Took me months to go back clipless, Id still fear it and could still get frozen with fear imagining the worst or relieving the pain from that day.

    I hopped back on and finally forgot all about it... Im fine now

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    That reminds me of the time I was riding along, and some guy was sitting out on his porch with a shotgun.

    Now, living in the midwest, I didn't think much of this, but it turns out the dude was hiding a pretty horrible secret inside his house. The cops came out while I was there and screeched out in front of his pad, so I stopped to czech it out. Apparently the dude had murdered his wife, and then was sitting outside just waiting for the cops to arrive to get shot. I wanted to see more, but one of the officers immediately started hustling me off.

    But just as I was about to leave I heard a few shots and apparently the dude decided he was gonna commit suicide by cop, which is exactly what he did. And in the turmoil afterwards my damn bike got ran over by one of the flustered cop cars.

    This, of course, left me stranded here next to a crime scene, and I ain't tryin to get arrested yet. I just got here, you know? So I sprang with the quickness like lightening disappeared I whistled for a cab and when it came near the license plate said fresh and it had dice in the mirror if anything I could say that this cab was rare but I thought man forget it yo homes to Bel-Air

    I pulled up to the house about 7 or 8 and I yelled to the cabbie yo homes smell ya later
    Looked at my kingdom I was finally there to sit on my throne as the Prince of Bel-Air

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weeks View Post
    Apparently the dude had murdered his wife
    My exact reaction after reading this....

    wow, nobody's gonna top that!
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