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Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 02-05-07, 01:40 PM   #1
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Bloody slippy roads

Riding home from work tonight I took the second to last 90-degree turn before getting home a bit too leaned over and my back wheel slid out. Couldn't keep upright and just went down - hard. I must have been doing about 40kph (25-mph) and the road was just slightly wet from the first bit of drizzle of the night - perfect recipe for disaster...

Damages: one scraped knee, one bruised hand, one rear derailleur bent, derailleur hanger snapped, right shifter bent inwards and ruined bar tape.

Conclusion: I'm an idiot for taking my eye off the ball - should have known better as the same thing happened about 2 months ago.

Anyone want to see a pic of the bloody knee and mashed up bike?

EDIT: Good thing is that a car full of women stopped to see if I was OK - yeah sure - just a bit of blood. Swallowed the pain, brushed self off and said I'd be fine and walked the last half-kilometer home.
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Old 02-05-07, 02:13 PM   #2
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Ouch. Glad you're okay!
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Old 02-05-07, 02:35 PM   #3
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I'm not even sure I'm take a 90deg turn at 25mph in a car!

Glad you're ok, but sorry about the bike damage. Ouchie on the wallet!

Now, where's those bloody pics?
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Old 02-05-07, 02:48 PM   #4
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You asked for 'em, so you get 'em. If looking at blood or hairy legs makes you want to faint or throw up - look away now...



...sorry, too late, haha
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Old 02-05-07, 02:51 PM   #5
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For 25 mph, that doesn't look too bad. The bike's damage looks worse. Glad you're ok!
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Old 02-05-07, 03:11 PM   #6
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Poor bike...
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ouch! hope you're ok. Didn't you just recently get your bike smashed up by a mental van driver too?

Is that a 2006 genesis day 05? If so you've got the same bike as me!
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Old 02-05-07, 03:18 PM   #8
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ouch! hope you're ok. Didn't you just recently get your bike smashed up by a mental van driver too?

Is that a 2006 genesis day 05? If so you've got the same bike as me!
Same guy - same bike (I've upgraded almost everything to Campy Centaur). My rear der got bent by the crazy white van driver. Also got bent a month before that with a low speed crash cornering into my driveway.

That rear der is haunted. Time to upgrade to Chorus me thinks...
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Just out of curiousity, how much did it cost to upgrade everything to Campy Centaur? Was it a big improvement from the Sora groupset that the bike originally has?
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Actually, I bought the bike 2nd hand with the upgrade already done for me (sorry, a little lie on my part ). I just added the Ventos and Look pedals.

Still, the bike with the Centaur group (and an alloy Chorus chainset) minus the Ventos (it came with Shimano R550's or something) and pedals only put me back £400.

I have my eye on a new mixed 2007 Chorus/Centaur carbon (chain/cassette/shifters/front+rear derailleur/BB/brakes) option for about £320 without the crankarms/chainring (keep the current Chorus one).

Looks like I'll be forced to upgrade now...oh well
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Looks like I'll be forced to upgrade now...oh well
Hm.... Methinks you'll keep having these little accidents until you upgrade to Record.

Nice legs, BTW. Even with the little bit of blood. You should post those on the Foo thread, "Hairy or Smooth Muscular Thighs." But that poor rear der. Ouch, hurts to look!
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Old 02-06-07, 02:17 AM   #12
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Hehe - I'm going to push my bike up to a LBS round the corner from where I live just to get a new hanger. Then I'm going to ride the bike to my "regular" LBS for the new upgrades - can't wait.

My leg doesn't feel so nice today - limping a bit
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You got off light.
I did the same thing the first week of January and got a broken collar bone.
Looks like your bike got the worst of it.
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You got off light.
I did the same thing the first week of January and got a broken collar bone.
Looks like your bike got the worst of it.
((hug))

Well, you are now officially a true cyclist! If that's any comfort.
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Old 02-06-07, 02:33 PM   #15
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You got off light.
I did the same thing the first week of January and got a broken collar bone.
Looks like your bike got the worst of it.
Oh crap! Hope you're recovering well or on the road again.
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Oh crap! Hope you're recovering well or on the road again.
Thanks. Healing nicely. Put the sling away last week, and working on range-of-motion, but still 2 weeks before I'm supposed to do much lifting and 5 or 6 before I can cycle. At least the weather is cooperating for not-riding (-2F today with wind chill.)
Crash detail on my journal if you want to compare.

How'd that agressive driver incident of yours turn out?


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((hug))

Well, you are now officially a true cyclist! If that's any comfort.
Thanks, but hardly my first crash. That was an endo about 30 years ago that landed me in the hospial overnight.
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