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    had a accident

    Was riding from work down 8th Avenue around 9:30 at night. On the corner of 53rd and 8th I stop on the red light and some limo driver hits me from behind. I hit the pavement - was unclipped so no injuries, did a nice aikido roll. The light was clearly red, changed some good 10 sec before, and it's hard for him to say he did not notice me - I have a blinker mounted on my helmet (yes, dorky me - there is a headlight in the front too).

    So, I get up. My rear wheel is in shambles (will try to get some pics later today) and it's a nearly brand new Cane Creek track wheelset . Needless to say I go ballistic. The driver is completely pale (well, as pale as a black guy could get). Everyone assembles around me, forming two equally vocal factions. Half the people are telling me to call the cops and the other half tells me I should just deal with the driver. After a bit of hesitation I decide for the latter (felt bad for the guy, I guess), so I get $300 for the wheel plus a ride home.

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    Make sure you keep that "pale as a Black guy get" bit in your story. Not only is it very important, it is oh so ironic! One must share as much of their life with the internet as possible! At all times!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mueslix
    Make sure you keep that "pale as a Black guy get" bit in your story. Not only is it very important, it is oh so ironic! One must share as much of their life with the internet as possible! At all times!
    Would you like me to outline it in bold? Or would that be oh so politically incorrect?

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    did you bring your bike in the limo
    ?
    not a 2ksuck'r

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    always call the cops. always.
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    it really pisses me off that people put pressure on cyclists to be a "nice person" and not report it to the police when we get hit, dealing with people to get the money can be an increible and often unfruitful hassle, if someone does something wrong to you it's their fault, not yours, you should not be encouraged to not do what is right(reporting to the police), worse off is the pigs that often convince concussed cyclists(happened to me twice) to not report accidents because they're to lazy to do the paperwork.

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    Bold it and blog it!

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    There is nothing dorky about riding with lights and flashers. That took the onus off you and put it on the driver and the reason why he so willingly coughed up three bills. If you had not been so visible, you would have been sunk. Dorky or not, you got your wheel fixed.

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    the limo driver could have very possibly lost his job had the incident been reported

    that is if the cops did their jobs

    and at least the crowd was not blaming the cyclist here

    i am always happy to hear about a bystander recognizing a cyclists right to the road by acknowledging the drivers fault
    not a 2ksuck'r

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    Quote Originally Posted by doofo
    the limo driver could have very possibly lost his job had the incident been reported

    that is if the cops did their jobs

    and at least the crowd was not blaming the cyclist here

    i am always happy to hear about a bystander recognizing a cyclists right to the road by acknowledging the drivers fault
    Yeah, but techincally, it is illegal to ride at night without lights and or flashers. No leg to stand on in this case except the rider had flashers. The driver would have probably have had no problems with his employer otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soyboy
    it really pisses me off that people put pressure on cyclists to be a "nice person" and not report it to the police when we get hit, dealing with people to get the money can be an increible and often unfruitful hassle, if someone does something wrong to you it's their fault, not yours, you should not be encouraged to not do what is right(reporting to the police), worse off is the pigs that often convince concussed cyclists(happened to me twice) to not report accidents because they're to lazy to do the paperwork.
    It was the right trade not to call the cops. After the guy offered to pay on the spot, calling police would wrong:
    (a) The amount of money would not really change, but would be delayed (negative carry).
    (b) It would take time for the cops to drive over from the nearest doughnut shop (loss of productivity).
    (c) The guy would probably loose his job and might have gotten points (bad for my carma).
    I would have called the cops if I did actually have any injuries. Maybe there was some advantage in getting the police involved if the bike would have been totalled, too.

    Quote Originally Posted by doofo
    did you bring your bike in the limo?
    Yep, put it into his trunk.

    Quote Originally Posted by BeerBiker
    The driver would have probably have had no problems with his employer otherwise.
    Could have lost a job anyway, with pretty high probability. I would not get paid in that case, that is true.

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    You both did the right thing...coolio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mueslix
    Make sure you keep that "pale as a Black guy get" bit in your story. Not only is it very important, it is oh so ironic! One must share as much of their life with the internet as possible! At all times!

    dude, im a negroe and i laughed at that. stop killing the fun you losing loser.
    im a ****ing idiot. well, im happy to admit it.

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    Getting hit by anything is a bummer, heal up fast and ride on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kludge
    stop killing the fun you losing loser.
    hahah..thats a good one..i must remember this for a later confrontation...

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebankman
    Getting hit by anything is a bummer, heal up fast and ride on.
    It was a perfect end to a perfect week. I was loosing money the whole week, my boss and everyone else were ****ting on my face for various reason and then Thursday, this ****e.

    PS. Sounds like I am gonna commute on my road bike on Tuesday.

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    Laugh at the people talking $h$t in this thread by spinning in a comfortable uphill gear tuesday hehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by kludge
    dude, im a negroe and i laughed at that. stop killing the fun you losing loser.
    Can one be a winning loser?
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    Two wheels good. Four wheels bad.

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    There is nothing dorky about riding with lights and flashers.
    I don't think so either. How long ago did you turn thirty?

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    Right on, i don't think there is any point in bringing the cops into it unless you need to, Check the the frame, carefully, then acess the damage at 15% to that, and if there willing to pay you that on the spot forget the cops, but if they pull they a$$hole move, use your tax dollars to get him hassled by the A$$holes of the premeir divsion, the Po-lice

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    Quote Originally Posted by schnee
    I don't think so either. How long ago did you turn thirty?
    Soon to be 5 years. Still, I did look at myself in the mirror today - my commuting helmet makes me look like a real dork. Just to give you a sense, here how it fits my dog:
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