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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 05-05-05, 02:23 PM   #1
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25 MPH head on into a....

****ing gate. riding back from a weekly event in the dark, my headlamp dies. i'm bustin' down hill using my brothers tail light as my only means of navigation. a friend passes me on the left and BOOM! I'm strung up like a statue of jesus on one of the chunky ass gates they use to limit trafic on park trails. The nonreflective yellow sign on the thing sliced across my ribs and damn near took my nipple off.

i rode incident free for most of the year so far and then i get it all at once. earlier in the day i had not noticed another fixie rider turning left in front of me. i hit him, we both hit the ground.

i also got tangled with a train being ******** when i was drunk.

anyhow, don't ride like me.
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Old 05-05-05, 03:42 PM   #2
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Dude, that knocks the wind out of me just reading that. I hate it when the city puts a chain, gate or concrete parking barrier on a dark trail-one minute you're riding along minding your own business, the next your airborn. Never hit anything at that speed though-good to hear you still have both nipples.
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Old 05-05-05, 07:27 PM   #3
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oh my god dude
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Old 05-05-05, 07:29 PM   #4
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Brutal! I thought I was the only one to CRASH this week. Well, you're not alone! Are you out of commission now? Just bruised? Broke anything? Bike??
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Old 05-05-05, 09:12 PM   #5
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hope your all intact.

This failure of lights, as well as how I just spent the first half of my week backpacking the AT, remind me of a similar incident. I lived on the Nantahala River in NC 4 years back. I went to a party up-river where I had a few. My ride home was along a paved section of the Bartram Trail that Snugs up to the river. The light died so I chose moonlight to help me along, but all of a sudden I felt my tire drop off the paved edge on the side where the river was 15 feet down. I manged to find a small tree as I dropped to wrap my arms around. My bike careened, but was recovered.
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Old 05-05-05, 10:07 PM   #6
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hope your all intact.

This failure of lights, as well as how I just spent the first half of my week backpacking the AT, remind me of a similar incident. I lived on the Nantahala River in NC 4 years back. I went to a party up-river where I had a few. My ride home was along a paved section of the Bartram Trail that Snugs up to the river. The light died so I chose moonlight to help me along, but all of a sudden I felt my tire drop off the paved edge on the side where the river was 15 feet down. I manged to find a small tree as I dropped to wrap my arms around. My bike careened, but was recovered.
Like Joey from Blossom and Neo from the Matrix: Whoa!

On a barely related note; when I was about 10 I was on a walk with my mom and older sister. There was an old private drive that went up to a farm field that had a chain strung across the bottom of it. I ran over to the chain, sat on it and swung on it. Before I know it I lose balance and go down like one of those "drinking bird" toys. Bam. Blood pouring from the nose and mouth.



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Old 05-06-05, 04:06 AM   #7
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And the moral of this story is: carry a backup light in the dark!
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reminds me of september, bombing down an alley at night, sans-light, not seeing the chain stretched across it, going flying over the bars. couldn't believe i was in one piece.... hooray helmets (wear em but don't use em).
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Old 05-06-05, 01:54 PM   #9
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i once got a handlebar stuck in my leg. i was going slow, just the wrong position on the bike at the wrong time (mechanical failure and human error). a chunk of flesh got pushed under flesh above it. flesh/fat.. whatever.. ended up with a hole about the size of a two-euro coin in my leg and about 2.5 cm deep. bloof all down the leg of my jeans, looked like i had been shot.

anyway, im well proud of my scar, he's a link to a pic.

http://nat.kablooie.net/requested%20photos/DCP01010.JPG

i think it kind of looks like an eyebrow.. and you can see the circle (close to the "brow") from the bar, i think that looks like an eye.. so anyone else got an eye on their leg?
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i think it kind of looks like an eyebrow.. and you can see the circle (close to the "brow") from the bar, i think that looks like an eye.. so anyone else got an eye on their leg?
No eyes on the legs, except for the ones tattooed there. I do have a ground chuck pattern on the bottom of my left hand. Another no lights story, just no gate. Instead it involved hitting a parking block someone moved into the street. I was in mid turn. The fork of the bike bent backwards so far, the 27" wheel jammed into the right pedal. I went over the bars, and this is where I learned to wear gloves. Didn't help I opened it back up skating boarding my way to the bike shop to buy a new bike.
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niiiiice..
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