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Old 02-08-07, 11:04 PM
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Hit by a Car? Tell your story

I was hit for the second time a couple days ago. The first time it happened, I was so scared to get back on the bike that I laid in bed for a whole day and skipped the workout. I wouldn't get up to eat or pee either. It's happened a second time and now that the shock has worn off I am laying in bed. I was wondering if this has happened to anyone else and how you reacted to it?
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Old 02-09-07, 12:11 AM
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get used to it.

It's a jungle out there.
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Old 02-09-07, 03:03 AM
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You aussies are too much for me. I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum BTW...I'm asian.
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Originally Posted by bodaciousguy
I was hit for the second time a couple days ago. The first time it happened, I was so scared to get back on the bike that I laid in bed for a whole day and skipped the workout. I wouldn't get up to eat or pee either. It's happened a second time and now that the shock has worn off I am laying in bed. I was wondering if this has happened to anyone else and how you reacted to it?
Might get more responses if you didn't post this in the "Racing" forum.

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Old 02-09-07, 07:40 AM
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In 1992 I was hit by a hit-and-run driver on Decker Canyon in Westlake Village California. I broke my right collar bone, and shoulder, my left femar, index finger and suffered major road rash all over my body. I also suffered a major concussion. Prior to that incident I was a fearless descender. I could drop just about anyone on any canyon road on a descent. Now, while I'm still very good at going downhill, I'm more cautious about it. Having been laid up for nearly 2 years really makes one think rather than react. Once that happens it's all over.

The other side effect of the crash was that I got really really fat. By the time I got my fat arse off the couch and back to working out I was 240#. Today I'm 145-147.
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Old 02-09-07, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Bobby Lex
Might get more responses if you didn't post this in the "Racing" forum.

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+1, unless of course we're talking about getting run over by team cars which im sure we all have at our disposal =)
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Old 02-09-07, 10:20 AM
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[Wow, one post to get over it and two posts bashing his forum etiquette. Guys, the trainer is making me grumpy too, but let's get some perspective: dude just got hit by a car fercrissakes!]

THAT SUCKS!

I got sideswipped by an SUV doing 50mph about three months ago. I was very lucky not to get any broken bones (or worse), just soft tissue damage, for which I'm still undergoing PT. The tendons over the outside of my left hip pop as I go up stairs, and my sprint power is only about 70% of what it used to be. My threshold power is gradually coming back, but it's still a few watts under what it was. I'm only a couple weeks into build for the coming season, and I'm hoping both of those show improvement.

For me, I wanted to get back on the bike RIGHT AWAY. Some of that emotion was good, but it was also an attempt to deny that the accident ever happened. Once I did get back on the bike, after about 5 days, I realized that I had lost a LOT of strength and that I had to come to grips with the fact that, yes, something big happened and it was going to take months to get back to where I was.

As a racer and a sprinter, I had gotten used to bouncing off other riders. Cars aren't like that. Cars are hard. They come at you, there's no bounce, you go down. Fast.

Good luck man. If your ride was totaled, pull a laptop into bed and start looking around for a replacement. My well-worn old race bike got replaced with a slick new Wilier for the coming season .
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Old 02-09-07, 10:53 AM
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I have been hit twice, once my fault of sorts so we won't go into details I was young and stupid and he ran over the top of my bike. Luckily I saw him coming and literally jumped off the bike. The second time the driver turned right in front of me and I went over the hood. Neither stopped me from riding, well except for the time it took to replace the parts or bike.

Its a crazy world out there live life to the fullest.
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Old 02-09-07, 11:11 AM
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I've never been hit *knock on wood*

One of my teammates has been hit twice. I guess he just kept riding the next day. His dad was hit a few months ago too, and it split his bike into 3 pieces! He started riding again the next day on a borrowed bike.

Finally, one of my friends was hit down in FL by a car doing 60, and broke a good portion of the bones in his body. He was retired, he had to go back to work to pay off his medical bills. Once he recovered enough though, he got back on his bike and kept riding.
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Old 02-09-07, 11:23 AM
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I had a car make a right turn in front of me a couple of years ago. I never hit the car but went to full rigor clamping on the brakes throwing me over the front of the bike. The torque of going over the bike with locked forearms cause breaks in the heads of both my radius bones at the elbows. I also ended up with a nasty bangup on my knee but nothing broken. Six weeks with both arms in casts (my wife loved that) and then another six weeks of rehab. My elbows now fatigue easier and I continue to have low level pain. I guess it took me about 4 weeks to feel comfortable in riding on the street again, until then I just stuck to MUPS. Today I ride as hard as ever.
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Old 02-09-07, 11:24 AM
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I was t-boned by a truck a few years back. Broke my tibial plateau in twine and tore my lateral meniscus. The dude tried to drive away, but I wasn't hurt enough to not chase.

With the help of an attorney I ended up with $7000 in settlement cash. I wouldn't have sued if he just stopped and asked if I was ok.
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Old 02-09-07, 11:41 AM
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Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo
In 1992 I was hit by a hit-and-run driver on Decker Canyon in Westlake Village California. I broke my right collar bone, and shoulder, my left femar, index finger and suffered major road rash all over my body. I also suffered a major concussion. Prior to that incident I was a fearless descender. I could drop just about anyone on any canyon road on a descent. Now, while I'm still very good at going downhill, I'm more cautious about it. Having been laid up for nearly 2 years really makes one think rather than react. Once that happens it's all over.

The other side effect of the crash was that I got really really fat. By the time I got my fat arse off the couch and back to working out I was 240#. Today I'm 145-147.
250 down to 145! I've got to hand it to you man, that is awesome! What did you do to get all that off??
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Old 02-09-07, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Snicklefritz
250 down to 145! I've got to hand it to you man, that is awesome! What did you do to get all that off??
Thanks. Well I spent two years on the couch eating like I was still riding 250 miles a week, so the first thing was to stop eating like a pig. The second thing was to start riding again and going to the gym three times a week. Just doing that I got down to 185 within 6 months. I was hovering around the 175-185 range for years, it wasn't until I moved Austin in 2004 that I broke the 175 mark. The club riding here was so much harder than what I was doing back home in L.A. In Los Angeles I mostly did long climbs with our club, here we have these killer rollers and the rides seem to be more like doing 2 hours of intervals. The summers here are also a heck of a lot more intense. I moved here at 185 in May of 04 and by September of that year I was 165. In June of 05 I hired a coach and he and I decided that my best weight would be in the 145-150 range. He put me on the greatest diet in the world, which allows me to eat a ton, and by March of 06 I was 145. I float between 145-148 with an ave BF% of 8%.

The thing is I was fat person with skinny person just dying to get out. I graduated high school at 134#, I was 142# at age 30, so I'm a naturally thin person.
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I've been hit twice, doored once and t-boned 3 peds. Not bad for 25 years of riding road.

Worst one was getting doored. 25 mph in a marked bike lane. I always look for heads in the cars but this guy (I found out later) was hiding his keys under the seat. I was in a tuck when just like that there is a door of a big old 2 door sedan fully opened into the bike lane. In one move I grab for the brakes and look left to arc around the guy and as luck would have it there is a car so I can't. Rather than close the door when I yell and he looks up he leans back into the car. BAM

Almost tore the door off, bike stayed, I went up and over. I jump up and start chasing the guy around his car. When I gather my wits I tell him sorry I am a little amped. At this point I look down and there's a hole in my knee from my brake lever. OUCH Guess I blacked out cause when I woke up I was in the ER and my girlfriend was looking at me.
After all was settled with his ins I found out months later I shelled my right knee and cracked ribs that didn't show on x-rays.

2 other instances were hit and runs, one woman I caught at a light and proceeded to beat the @#$#@$ out of her car.

The peds were all 3 j walkers. About one every 6 years or so and so far I have'nt been bitten by a 'ped suite'

It's not a matter of when but if.

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Old 02-09-07, 01:10 PM
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i've been doored twice, but both time i was rolling to a light so there was no major damage (just trueing a wheel and shouting at the idiots who don't look before opening the door)

this summer i got hit (hit and run as well): i was in a well-marked bike-lane going 25 and this car drove into the lane and sideswiped me. luckily i got out with only some road rash and a busted helmet, but since then i definetely do more group rides and it took me about two months to not get nervouse everytime i heard a car coming up behind me.

it sucks, but it beats the alternative: not riding.
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1994? i was riding my sweet haro bmx to my friend's house when some 16 year old kid in his mom's conversion van blew threw a light & smacked me. (i was on the sidewalk & the crossway had the "walk" sign on. i think he was trying to beat out a yellow that had expired.) the last thing i saw before the pavement was the huge grill. he hit me so hard that my hat flew off & he caught it in the air out the window. when i finally got to my friend's house a few blocks away he was leaving to go somewhere with his parents & for some reason i didn't get a ride home from them. what's usually a 5 min bike ride took me like 2 hours to get home. i also remember it taking me 20 mins to climb the stairs in our house to my room when it takes me less than 10 seconds to run up. i think i fractured my leg but never went to the doctor.
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Originally Posted by AGGRO
[SIZE=2][ At this point I look down and there's a hole in my knee from my brake lever.
Yikes!
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Went over the hood of an idiot who turned into me 13 years ago. Bike was trashed, I was scraped up a little bit but otherwise fine. The guy spun his tires and was gone...beautiful hit and run.

about a month ago, an oncoming driver took a left with her van in front of me. I pancaked against her rear quarter panel. My knee was a bit bruised, and I was all right. Her insurance company sends me the check after the repair estimate. $5700. Fortunately, the SRM was fine.

Sucks to be hit. I feel for you. For me, I am lucky.
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I didn't get hit but last week a car forced me off the road at 18mph while turning right. He didn't give me the right of way and turned at the same time. My front tire went into the snow and the back instantly slammed into the ground. I tumbled out into the middle of the highway and my bike flew about 10 yards furthur down the road. I dislocated my hip but otherwise am unscathed. What really pissed me off though was that while I was lying in the road... not one car stopped to see if I was ok... at least 20 cars drove around me. I even got honked at 2 or 3 times. Like I was lying in the road for fun? This is Milwuakee, WI BTW....
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After many thousands of miles, yesterday I was struck by a car. For some reason, I thought this would never happen to me. I was pulling a loaded trailer and a SUV driven by a lady pulled out right in front of me as I was crossing an intersection. I noticed the lady looking at traffic coming from the other direction and started yelling when she appeared to be getting ready to gun her car through the intersection into traffic. She hit the very tip of the back of my trailer as she pulled into traffic. No damage to me, the bike, the trailer, the lady or the SUV! God must have had His hand on me yesterday! After all, He is said to look out for fools, drunks, and sailors and at one time in my life I have been all 3.........

The poor lady was more frightened than I was - all she could say was "I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry"
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I was hit during an alleycat in Boston two summers ago. The car just grazed my rear wheel as I was late through a light (very late). It sent me into a fishtail, but I didn't go down. It was my own stupidity, so I think I actually deserved to at least hit the pavement.
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After many thousands of miles, yesterday I was struck by a car. For some reason, I thought this would never happen to me. I was pulling a loaded trailer and a SUV driven by a lady pulled out right in front of me as I was crossing an intersection. I noticed the lady looking at traffic coming from the other direction and started yelling when she appeared to be getting ready to gun her car through the intersection into traffic. She hit the very tip of the back of my trailer as she pulled into traffic. No damage to me, the bike, the trailer, the lady or the SUV! God must have had His hand on me yesterday! After all, He is said to look out for fools, drunks, and sailors and at one time in my life I have been all 3.........

The poor lady was more frightened than I was - all she could say was "I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry"
Maybe next time God could prevent the SUV from even tapping your trailer?
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Which would you like to hear about, the first, second or third?
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Mowed down from behind by an SUV three years ago. Initially, it freaked me out just riding in a car, but I got over it slowly. Long recovery but no lasting effects now.
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Hit by a car

Well - that would have been better still, but I suppose I deserved this brush with disaster. I was getting really cocky, cutting into traffic with superb confidence in my own cycling ability. I'm definitely a more careful rider since then. So perhaps God worked things out for the best by allowing this accident - who knows?
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