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Old 06-04-09, 10:49 AM   #1
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Potholes in SF, be careful

http://holierthanyou.blogspot.com/20...s-is-nuts.html

A supervisors' committee will consider a number of proposed legal settlements Thursday, including whether to pay out $100,000 to a bicyclist who lost a testicle after he hit a pothole and $82,000 to a San Franciscan whose arm was allegedly broken by a police officer after he offered to translate for the officer.

The bicyclist, Barry Louis Mangels, was riding on Hugo Avenue when he hit a 5-inch-deep pothole and his testes slammed against his bike seat, forcing him to undergo surgical removal of the right testicle. His lawsuit argued that the city had received numerous complaints about potholes on that street and knew the area was dangerous.
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Old 06-04-09, 11:29 AM   #2
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A supervisors' committee will consider a number of proposed legal settlements Thursday, including whether to pay out $100,000 to a bicyclist who lost a testicle after he hit a pothole and $82,000 to a San Franciscan whose arm was allegedly broken by a police officer after he offered to translate for the officer.

The bicyclist, Barry Louis Mangels, was riding on Hugo Avenue when he hit a 5-inch-deep pothole and his testes slammed against his bike seat, forcing him to undergo surgical removal of the right testicle. His lawsuit argued that the city had received numerous complaints about potholes on that street and knew the area was dangerous.


If true, wow.
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So far I have lost one wheel due to potholes in the City. Guess that ought to teach me not to draft cars anymore...

Come to think about it, how the blazes do you hit a 5" deep pothole and only hurt your nuts? The one I hit was less than 3" deep, but even then I almost fell (both of my water bottles got ejected). I don't see how you can hit a 5" deep pothole and not go over the bars...unless the hole is very small...in which case, it shouldn't affect the tire much...unless it's a kids size bike.

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Old 06-04-09, 01:57 PM   #4
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So far I have lost one [..].


Not the best choice of words to start a comment in this topic, huh? Sorry..



Seriously, the pothole problem here is horrible. The SF Bicycle Coalition has monthly "Good Roads" rides (next one: 6/6) to mark, with spray paint, the really bad ones:

http://www.sfbike.org/?goodroads

I'll be out of town, else I'd have planned to join 'em.

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Old 06-04-09, 07:20 PM   #5
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Isn't that why we were given two? You always have a backup...

Pavement in general in SF is horrid. I hate coming down Portola, pavement being only one of the reasons.
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OOWWWW.

just ow.



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On the other hand, the weight weenie in me can't help but wonder....
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On the other hand, the weight weenie in me can't help but wonder....


Think I'll pass - my stomach ached for a week after I took my first male dog in to be.. uh, well, you know.

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Think I'll pass - my stomach ached for a week after I took my first male dog in to be.. uh, well, you know.
To be tutored?
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In fact, when I returned home with Scooter after the "procedure", my wife held his head in her hands and said, soothingly, "I had no idea. He told me he was taking you to day camp."

That's become the going gag for the last few generations of male canines.
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That's crazy I ride on Hugo all the time, guess I'll have to watch out for that pothole.
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