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Old 08-07-11, 08:12 PM   #1
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Proper post crash etiquette?

I was about a 1/4 mile from the end of a century ride waiting for a light to change when a fellow cyclist pulled up next to me. He was unable to clip out and fell on me bringing me to the ground with him. After the dust cleared I found my back rim bent beyond repair.

The guy insisted that he would buy me a new rim and waited for me to walk to the finish and took my info. He contacted me the next day and asked that I send him the receipt when I replaced the rim. I did so and shortly there after I received payment from him.

I was very surprised and thankful that he payed for the new rim. I had no expectation that he would do so and simply chalked it up as an accident, part of the cost of riding.

But it got me thinking, would I have done the same if the situation was reversed? What if I fell on someones Zipps?

What is the "proper" thing to do in a situation like this?
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Old 08-07-11, 08:50 PM   #2
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You break it you fix it.

But..........

I specifically told my clumsy friend not to knock over my $6000.oo bike. Then he did, and scraped the carbon fork down a stone wall. The guy is broke, I know he feels bad already. He can't even afford a new bike, or even new tires. I never mentioned it again. I bough a new fork, but I'm not going to tell him. If I knew he could afford it I would tell him. If a guy with a Ferrari and a Rolex hit my bike I would expect him to pay.
If he destroyed my zipps, I don't know what I would do. I would tell a stranger they owe me, but I would not start a war over just a bike.
I feel if it's really my fault, then I need to fix it. I guess If I fell on someones bike and ruined the zipps, I would be mad at me, not him. If I start falling and knocking bikes over you have permission to shoot me. If I destroy someones Zipps, shoot me right away.
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Old 08-07-11, 08:51 PM   #3
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Old 08-07-11, 08:52 PM   #4
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What is the "proper" thing to do in a situation like this?
What your fellow cyclist did.


But consider yourself very fortunate to have been fallen on by someone so considerate. I'd be surprised if that amount of consideration happened very often.

As for what to do if the situation was reversed ... well, one thing ... if you're coming up to a light where there is another cyclist waiting, aim to come up behind the other cyclist, not beside. You can always scoot ahead to stand beside the other cyclist later if you want to.

Don't get too close to other cyclists. Don't touch other cyclists' bicycles. Don't lean your bicycle up against the bicycle of another cyclist. Respect the other cyclist, the bicycle, and the space around them both.

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What your fellow cyclist did.


But consider yourself very fortunate to have been fallen on by someone so considerate. I'd be surprised if that amount of consideration happened very often.

As for what to do if the situation was reversed ... well, one thing ... if you're coming up to a light where there is another cyclist waiting, aim to come up behind the other cyclist, not beside. You can always scoot ahead to stand beside the other cyclist later if you want to.

Don't get too close to other cyclists. Don't touch other cyclists' bicycles. Don't lean your bicycle up against the bicycle of another cyclist. Respect the other cyclist, the bicycle, and the space around them both.
I need you to explain this to a couple of my friends.
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Don't get too close to other cyclists. Don't touch other cyclists' bicycles. Don't lean your bicycle up against the bicycle of another cyclist. Respect the other cyclist, the bicycle, and the space around them both.
I absolutely hate it when a stranger invades my personal space. If I was a dog I would bite them, hard.
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