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I don't post here a lot, but I'm a daily bike commuter.
I'm posting to remind us all to be vigilant, and trust our "Spidy senses."

I was knocked of my bike, robbed and injured. I'm not feeling well enough to re-type my blog, so here's my story, with photos... Blog link:
Curtis Corlew in Bicycle Land: If it doesn't kill you, blog about it

Be safe you folks.
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Armed robbery? Wow! Thanks for the reminder. Heal up fast and get back out there.
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Terrible. Here's wishing you a quick recovery.
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Yikes, I'd wish you a speedy recovery but know that's not going to happen. The 6 weeks for ribs to heal was a long 6 six weeks that I still remember 20 some years later.

Illinois changed their gun laws to allow the paranoid and insecure to carry them in public now, and I've been trying to remember to consider everyone I meet armed these days while keeping clear of the people I see while riding that used to annoy me or set off my spidey sense.
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There are some sections of bike paths in my area (Las Vegas) that have a freeway wall on one side and a chain link fence on the other. You're trapped if you happen upon an evil doer.
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Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
I don't post here a lot, but I'm a daily bike commuter.
I'm posting to remind us all to be vigilant, and trust our "Spidy senses."

I was knocked of my bike, robbed and injured. I'm not feeling well enough to re-type my blog, so here's my story, with photos... Blog link:
Curtis Corlew in Bicycle Land: If it doesn't kill you, blog about it

Be safe you folks.
I hope their life choices catch up to them and bite them in the butt (or worse).
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Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
Illinois changed their gun laws to allow the paranoid and insecure to carry them in public now, and I've been trying to remember to consider everyone I meet armed these days while keeping clear of the people I see while riding that used to annoy me or set off my spidey sense.
I disagree but would defend to the...you know what, you're on your own.
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I disagree but would defend to the...you know what, you're on your own.
That's what I hope will happen.
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The worst part is that your Strava widget says, "You have no achievements for this activity."
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Wow, that sucks, Curtis! Hope your recovery is as quick and low on pain as possible.
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Wow, that sucks, heal quick! Can't believe they didn't take the bike or at least the panniers.
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
The worst part is that your Strava widget says, "You have no achievements for this activity."
No that's a cyclist's response! Well played.
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Originally Posted by squegeeboo View Post
Wow, that sucks, heal quick! Can't believe they didn't take the bike or at least the panniers.
I think they were scared and amped up, and the single pannier I was using was under my bike, obscured by my bungee corded tennis bag. That's just a guess. But I'm happy about that part.
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Speedy recovery, Curtis!

FWIF, I just got a ticket for not stopping completely at a stop sign.

At $212 I feel like I just got mugged, too...
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Sorry to hear this, but glad that you;re OK and the losses less than what could have been. I don't know CA, but looking at the general area I wouldn't have suspected Antioch to be the place for this.

In any case, it's a good reminder that when we ride solo on trails and many MUPs we're truly alone, and might as well be riding in the wild west. Obviously the odds favor us since most places are safe, but anything can happen any place at any time, and for any reason or no reason. Be alert, but even that is of limited benefit when there's no place to escape to.
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Speedy recovery.

LA....where only criminals have firearms
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I wish you speedy recovery, Curtis.
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Gee.
I'm just glad you're alive and able to tell of this inhuman act.
Bicycle parts are easier to replace than body parts.

Guess we should all stand a little more tall and be a tad more aware. It sucks we have to consider our well being when all we want to do is have fun. Martial Arts taught me to be aware and how to defend myself however even I catch myself too "into" riding and having fun and I then remember to look around and keep alert. I always carry a knife just as a last resort should I feel my life is in absolute danger but even then the best defense is to be aware. I hate confrontation and will walk away unless someone has thrown the first punch, after that it's gloves off and fight as hard and dirty as possible(self defense requires no apologies and in the street there are no rules). I've often considered carrying mace/pepper spray just incase.

Heal up, friend. Sending positive thoughts, love and healing your way.
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LA....where only criminals have firearms
No, That's Connecticut.
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Ouch! Any luck using the where is my iphone app? Might be able to track the little runts down. Hope you heal fast
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Speedy recovery and a reminder to the rest of us to ride in pairs if at all possible.
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Sorry to hear this, but glad that you;re OK and the losses less than what could have been. I don't know CA, but looking at the general area I wouldn't have suspected Antioch to be the place for this.

In any case, it's a good reminder that when we ride solo on trails and many MUPs we're truly alone, and might as well be riding in the wild west. Obviously the odds favor us since most places are safe, but anything can happen any place at any time, and for any reason or no reason. Be alert, but even that is of limited benefit when there's no place to escape to.
Agreed. It's been a little while since I rode on the DeAnza trail, but I've always felt completely safe on it. This goes to show that we still need to be alert even in areas where we wouldn't expect such criminal activity.

Best wishes to Curtis for a speedy and complete recovery.
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Originally Posted by Eric S. View Post
There are some sections of bike paths in my area (Las Vegas) that have a freeway wall on one side and a chain link fence on the other. You're trapped if you happen upon an evil doer.
Similar situation on parts of the Metropolitan Branch Trail in DC/Maryland. Fence on one side, fence/wall on the other. I know a guy who got beat up and hospitalized on that trail. He was surrounded by a gang of young men who took advantage of the constricted space. I learned from his experience to steer clear of any groups of young people, either as a pedestrian or as a cyclist - never walk or ride into their midst.

Condolences to Curtis. Heal fast!
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Best wishes for a speedy recovery! Hope you get to id those kids in a police line up.
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