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Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: jamaica plain, ma
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Hey guys, thanks for all the suggestions! I didn't get these until this morning (still haven't set up internet in my new place), but tomorrow morning I'll definitely try some out.
I hit a car today on mass ave near MIT, well actually just grazed it. It was definitely me hitting the car and not the car hitting me, although both of us were moving. I was behind a big old bus, which stopped near MIT's main building. There was construction on the right so I swung around to pass on the left. Of course I didn't realize that there was also construction on the opposite side of the road and oncoming cars had to cross the yellow line. So right as I pulled out from behind the bus I saw a car coming straight for me. Somehow I was able to pop out of my pedals, throw down my brakes and just lightly touch the guy's side before falling. Total rookie error, and no harm done (didn't even scratch the bike), but there was a moment I felt like a real idiot.
I'm so thankful I run brakes though, because I'm way too much of a newb to have stopped my bike without them. Anyway, here's to learning, and at least it isn't as embarrassing as those first few days with clipless pedals where I'd just all the sudden fall down while waiting at a red light.