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Old 12-21-20, 09:57 AM
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@scozim wish you well and hope you pull through this fully.

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Originally Posted by scozim
Well, 2020 has come to an end for me for riding. Was 48 degrees today with some wind so off on the Nishiki Maxima I went for 20 or so miles. It was a fun ride until 2 minutes from home. As I was coming down a slight downhill 2 minutes from home in our neighborhood, one neighbor's dog decided to take chase. He had been a problem earlier in the year but they had gotten their electric fence fixed. Well, pavement work in November on the corner I was quickly approaching took out part of that fence and the neighbor hasn't fixed it. Out on the road comes the black lab. I yelled his name a couple of times to try and slow him down but it didn't work. As he got to within 6 inches or so of my leg and growling loudly I reached down with my right hand for the water bottle and hit him square between the eyes. Then all hell broke loose ....

He either hit the back of my bike or the front drifted off the side of the road (the dog had been pushing me over to the right). The handlebars pivoted violently and, at 20 mph or so, I slammed into the pavement. The left hip hit first and the then the head impacted hard into the asphalt. The bike spun and we pitched into a 5 foot deep ditch with a foot of water or so in it. Not sure if I lost any consciousness but as soon as I realized the bike and I were sitting in water I grabbed the top tube with my left hand and, with blood pouring off my face, scrambled up the bank. I knew it was not a good situation when I got back tot he road and texted my wife to call 911 for an ambulance. My left hip really hurt and both hands were numb. With prior C5-C6 cervical fusion that really bothered me. 7 hours later the numbness has finally gotten better.

In the end, I got my first ever ride in an ambulance. Those guys did a great job warming me up. Lying on cold asphalt and partially wet I was shaking pretty fierce. I was still able to crack some jokes in the hospital with the staff. I have 3 stitches above the left eye, mild concussion, a fractured pelvis and am really, really sore. I've never been through 15 rounds with Mike Tyson but I'm pretty sure it probably feels about as bad as I feel now. Non-weight bearing for awhile so I'll just have to get ready for 2021.








I'd sue the neighbor, as this clearly was not the first time! Here in Europe such a man is responsible for his dog and will have to pay for all damage! Get well soon!!
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Man I hate to hear this. Having also hit the pavement at 20+ mph and shattering the helmet, I still feel your pain 15 yrs later.
Wishing a speedy recovery to you scozim.
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Same here. Been down at that speed multiple times. No fun.
And relative to the dog...based on my experience managing corporate claims, once someone has been ‘given notice’ regarding a danger like a biting dog, they have negligent responsibility.
Or, whatever robbietunes would call it.
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Originally Posted by rccardr
Same here. Been down at that speed multiple times. No fun.
And relative to the dog...based on my experience managing corporate claims, once someone has been ‘given notice’ regarding a danger like a biting dog, they have negligent responsibility.
Or, whatever robbietunes would call it.
I told my wife several times to let the neighbor know throughout the summer that the dog was becoming a problem and she didn't. I could have done it easily enough too. The dog would not give chase every time.

I work in insurance claims so I know the drill. These neighbors are very nice. Yeah, I could have them open liability claim on their homeowner insurance but most likely won't. It's just not me.
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Old 12-22-20, 12:37 PM
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First ride since the big snowstorm last week. Roads were okay, but I would have liked more bike lane exposed. Temps near 40, so threat of black ice was abated.





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Originally Posted by LucasHartong
I'd sue the neighbor, as this clearly was not the first time! Here in Europe such a man is responsible for his dog and will have to pay for all damage! Get well soon!!
Sorry for your prang - very nasty and seemingly totally avoidable, but hey-ho, The one positive is that folks who insist helmets are unnecessary will take note of the damage to your crash hat and reflect upon the unforeseeable turn of events that put you in ER and thus be inspired to wear a helmet.
Get well soon!
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Originally Posted by Johno59
The one positive is that folks who insist helmets are unnecessary will take note of the damage to your crash hat and reflect upon the unforeseeable turn of events that put you in ER and thus be inspired to wear a helmet.
Not this guy

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Now back to our regular scheduled programming...
1st ride of winter today by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr
1st ride of winter today a little dusting of snow from last night made things look Christmas-y but most of it was gone by the time I finished my ride this afternoon.
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Old 12-22-20, 07:15 PM
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Nice day for a ride before it gets really cold, on a rail trail in central Virginia.


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Old 12-23-20, 07:59 PM
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50° and super windy today so I stayed on the MUP. Glad I got a chance to ride today - tomorrow is forecast to be 17°, I think I'll probably stay inside

Also, new bike day


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Windy in Chicago too. Rode the ItalVega down the Lakefront Trail as far south as McCormick Place. About 20mph wind straight out of the south. Needless to say, the trip home was a bit easier. Might be the last real ride for a week or two.

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Old 12-23-20, 08:38 PM
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Man, I miss riding with all you folks.
Stay safe.
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Couple of childhood buddies wanted to do some trail riding. I showed up on my Highball and they were riding a Bontrager and an MB1. So I was the odd man out, lol. We rode these hills as kids and I feel lucky to still get out there.

Lake Chabot, east of the dam.

From Skyline blvd, above Knowland park zoo, Oakland.

Above Redwood park, Pinehurst rd on the other side of valley.
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Originally Posted by abshipp
50° and super windy today so I stayed on the MUP. Glad I got a chance to ride today - tomorrow is forecast to be 17°, I think I'll probably stay inside

Also, new bike day


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Damn, that's cutting it close for clearance at the fork crown!

Looks like a nice frame - who built it?

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Originally Posted by Chuckk
Went out yesterday on a neighborhood shakedown ride on my 1984 Tommasini. Swapped the rims to clinchers and made it fit after the P.O. had set it in the shed for 20 years.
At five miles I rode past a stationary bike on the curb. "WORKS GOOD" "FREE!".
I didn't get excited, and wound my way back home another 5, then jumped in my truck
It was still there. I started loading it and a guy across the street asked if I needed help. He had a great dog. Even had the owner's manual and power block on the seat.
Got it home, and it seems to work great.
I'm taking it as a sign that the Fates want me to work out at home when I'm too lazy to ride or hike.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, All! 🎄





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I rarely ride in winter, mostly local utility runs. I want to get out more. Trader Joe's was as far as I got today.

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A bit of color on an otherwise grey Central Valley day, looking down on the San Joaquin River. 22 easy suburban miles after a morning of last minute Christmas errands.

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Originally Posted by curbtender
Couple of childhood buddies wanted to do some trail riding. I showed up on my Highball and they were riding a Bontrager and an MB1. So I was the odd man out, lol. We rode these hills as kids and I feel lucky to still get out there.

Lake Chabot, east of the dam.

From Skyline blvd, above Knowland park zoo, Oakland.

Above Redwood park, Pinehurst rd on the other side of valley.
You're a lucky guy.
Lovely riding.
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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude
Damn, that's cutting it close for clearance at the fork crown!

Looks like a nice frame - who built it?

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Very very very close

Doesn't rub going over bumps thankfully, but it does rub a little bit on out of the saddle efforts. A few strokes with a file should fix that.

It was built by someone out in CA in the 70s. Apparently the second frame he built. It's quite well done. Nothing really exceptional, but a solid, straight, simple track bike
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It's sad to not be with family right now, but I made the best of the morning and went out on the very, very quiet streets. Cloud cover kept the city from cooling down much last night, and it was 50° before sunrise. Perfect for a ride. I rode up the Greenbelt, through Scottsdale.

45 minutes in, the sunrise was just an angry red rim on the horizon.



I just passed a thousand miles last week on the "Hot Wheels" bike I finished building at the end of August. It's sitting at 1,132 now, and I've enjoyed every one of them.

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Nice winter weather today so I took a Christmas ride to Pike forest and back.




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Winter has arrived earlier than usual here, so I went for a ride in Watopia (my basement) again. My virtual bike is virtual steel with box section rims and a Brooks-like saddle.


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