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Old 05-31-15, 06:08 PM
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Kerry hit a curb. No politics here.

At least "curb" is what I read in the earliest report with any details. It also said that there had been warnings about gravel on the pavement in the area but that none was noticed at the scene of the accident.
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Yes, but I heard that the bike was ok. A sweet bike too.
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Kerry breaks leg in bike crash; ends overseas trip early
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This is going to set back diplomacy with the Curbs for years...
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Has anyone seen a picture of the bike after the crash to confirm it is not injured?
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Looks like his security rides either Cervelo's or BMC's, from the pics I've seen.

Kind of wondered about the "carbon footprint" of riding a bike surrounded by a motorcade, but exercise is exercise, some just more expensive than others.
I guess when you get to a certain position, you can say "I want to go ride a bike" and a bunch of people say "how high?" Was the same w/W.

Bet the cell phone rings off the hook.

I like that he's on Serotta.

Wonder how many miles the bike has flown?
Wonder if he does his own maintenance?

Did he pick up those wheels in a bike shop, and some guy say, "you'll be faster on those.......?"

Why orange?
Does ISIS know he's out there?
What is the code name for the SoS on a bike?
Where does security carry their weapons?
Who's got the spare, and who knows how to use the CO2?

Inquiring minds, all that....

No seat bag.

There's got to be a guy along who is lovin' every minute of it, just waiting for a flat.
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Was he wearing a helmet during this latest accident?
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Was he wearing a helmet during this latest accident?
I imagine, but a femur break, that's a big bone. At his age, lucky it was not a hip.
Rich or not, his wife is still gonna chew him out.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
Kind of wondered about the "carbon footprint" of riding a bike surrounded by a motorcade, but exercise is exercise, some just more expensive than others.
I don't know how many SUV's tail along but I'm sure there is some serious firepower following along.

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Why orange?
Orange is faster of course!

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Where does security carry their weapons?
I saw one photo of one of his security people carrying a "gunny sack". It's a special fanny pack but the bag is in the front.

When they say he hit a curb and broke his leg, I wondered if maybe he fell onto the curb with his leg; 70 y.o. leg bones aren't as strong as they use to be. It's good to see he get's out there once in a while and I wish him a speedy recovery.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
I imagine, but a femur break, that's a big bone. At his age, lucky it was not a hip.
Rich or not, his wife is still gonna chew him out.
I believe he previously had hip surgery, too.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
I imagine, but a femur break, that's a big bone. At his age, lucky it was not a hip.
One article said he had a previous hip issue. It may be artificial.
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Originally Posted by lostarchitect View Post
I believe he previously had hip surgery, too.
I didn't find that, but I did find:

From his Vietnam service I found 4 separate incidents on his Wikipedia page:
...shrapnel wound in the left arm above the elbow...
...arm was injured when he was thrown against a bulkhead during the explosion...
...piece of shrapnel hit Kerry's left leg...
...shrapnel wound in the buttocks...

From 2003: prostate surgery.
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I hear Strava is to blame...dang that Strava.
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Was he wearing a helmet during this latest accident?
Would a helmet prevent an accident?
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Would a helmet prevent an accident?
No. But it probably would have done him some good had he been wearing it on his leg.
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A few more details
Kerry delays return to U.S. after bike crash
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Still no official confirmation on the health of his bike?
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I realize everyone has their hobbies, but something tells me if you are a high ranking US statesman on official business, those hobbies probably should take a back seat your job. Especially so if your job, which you are now not performing, is meeting on some rather touchy world issues as one of the most important figures in the American government.
I see your reasoning but as us C&V forum geezers chit chat about an elder statesman, good for him cranking on. Life's too short and he obviously enjoys the sport. For example, some other high rank official representing another country might keel over at the table. Oh well. BTW: I've raced privately on closed course with purpose built racers along with professionals of all sorts, doctors to top paid athlete's. Total disregard of their million dollar contracts. So be it. The flag drops, speed is the game and a little competition to get the blood flowing. Its all good.

Hope he heals without much issue and gets to enjoy the ride again.

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EDIT: Confirmed two weeks ago when a derailleur did something funny.

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I would think that his frequent bike rides are beneficial, especially for a man of his age. His is a very stressful job with lots of tiring travel. Getting regular physical exercise can help reduce those stresses and keep a person healthy and alert.
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Originally Posted by J.Oxley View Post
EDIT: Confirmed two weeks ago when a derailleur did something funny.

Confirmed
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Thanks for the link. Nice to know he could get help on his bike, or anyone can, at Lake Geneva. (wish I could ride there)
I'm not a fan of him, or any politician, but here are my thoughts on the whole Sec of State bike thing....

1-Riding a Serotta isn't exactly putting on airs or anything. He could be a lot higher upscale, and I'm glad he's riding a US-made frame.
2-Exercise is a very good way to maintain mental acuity, balance perspectives, etc. He may be a better servant of his country for it.
3-It's good to get away from the grind and be able to think clearly, with little else to interfere.
4-The article mentioned he took a 15-minute walk with Iran's negotiator. This is always good. Much can be accomplished during such things.
5-It's a shame, when his RD buggered, that he couldn't stay at the shop and talk bikes. That's one thing we can do that he can't.
6-If I was in that business (cycling stuff), I'd be trying to sponsor him and the security team. Helmets, sunglasses, kit, bikes, you name it. Great exposure.
7-The purpose of his visit, Iran, has a population that likes bikes. So does the US. And wrestling, I might add. Too bad those constituents can't communicate.
8-I won't live to his age, but if I did, I'd like to be riding. Of course, it would be a Wraith or an Ironman.
9-Politics and class warfare aside, if I had his wealth, and influence, and juice, I'd ride around Lake Geneva, too.
10-It has to suck when you have a demanding job, busy schedule, and you can't get on your bike. Many of us can relate.
10-Despite how I may/may not disagree with policy, etc, I wish him a speedy recovery and successful negotiations, somehow, some way.
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Thanks for the link. Nice to know he could get help on his bike, or anyone can, at Lake Geneva. (wish I could ride there)
I'm not a fan of him, or any politician, but here are my thoughts on the whole Sec of State bike thing....

1-Riding a Serotta isn't exactly putting on airs or anything. He could be a lot higher upscale, and I'm glad he's riding a US-made frame.
2-Exercise is a very good way to maintain mental acuity, balance perspectives, etc. He may be a better servant of his country for it.
3-It's good to get away from the grind and be able to think clearly, with little else to interfere.
4-The article mentioned he took a 15-minute walk with Iran's negotiator. This is always good. Much can be accomplished during such things.
5-It's a shame, when his RD buggered, that he couldn't stay at the shop and talk bikes. That's one thing we can do that he can't.
6-If I was in that business (cycling stuff), I'd be trying to sponsor him and the security team. Helmets, sunglasses, kit, bikes, you name it. Great exposure.
7-The purpose of his visit, Iran, has a population that likes bikes. So does the US. And wrestling, I might add. Too bad those constituents can't communicate.
8-I won't live to his age, but if I did, I'd like to be riding. Of course, it would be a Wraith or an Ironman.
9-Politics and class warfare aside, if I had his wealth, and influence, and juice, I'd ride around Lake Geneva, too.
10-It has to suck when you have a demanding job, busy schedule, and you can't get on your bike. Many of us can relate.
10-Despite how I may/may not disagree with policy, etc, I wish him a speedy recovery and successful negotiations, somehow, some way.
I have a very busy day ahead of me, so I'll just consider this the post of the day.

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I'm just surprised he's riding in the mountains. He's always going for rides around Boston and on Nantucket Island where he lives. Both are on the flatish side. I've never heard of him heading north with the majority of his Boston citizens to vacation in NH and go for a ride.


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