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First dooring (and pretzeling) of Autumn

Old 11-14-05, 06:37 PM
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Got off work early today, which is quite rare, so I decided to go shopping for a cycling jacket. I hit a few stores on the way home, ending at my LBS shortly before closing time. Nothing in my size that I liked, but I picked up a helmet blinky and a midweight jersey.

So I mount up for the short hop home, get a few blocks down Broadway, feeling good about the free evening, when WHAM! on the passenger side from what I thought was an empty double-parked car. It was enough time to see what was coming and almost enough to completely stop, so my fork and front wheel made an impressive crunch against the inside of the car door, but I was entirely unhurt. The passenger was pretty startled, but after I realized I was ok and my bike looked ok except for a shattered front reflector (the source of the crunch), we both exhaled and I went on my way. It was both our faults, I think--I probably should've sussed out the passenger situation better before cutting between the car and the curb, although in my defense there was a good six to eight feet of space on the right side meaning very little space between the driver side and the next lane. On the other hand, the driver probably should've parked closer to the curb, and the passenger probably should've checked the mirror. His reaction showed that he knew it, so I didn't make a stink, just brushed myself off and got out of there.

Three blocks later I noticed I had overshot my street, an indication of diminished mental alertness to be sure. So I dismounted and took a closer look at my bike thinking I was more rattled than I was aware. Sure enough, my front wheel was out of whack. Dagnabit! And the bike store had just closed. And I don't have the setup at home to true a wheel or replace possibly damaged spokes, and the next chance I'm going to have to get to a bike shop is five days away. Which means I'm riding the subway for the rest of the week
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Old 11-14-05, 07:36 PM
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Glad it was nothing serious.
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Old 11-15-05, 07:37 AM
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That sucks. I've been doored a couple of times. It hurts.

The only bright side I can give you is that the next two days aren't really commuting worthy (rain, wind).
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it's been almost two years since my last dooring and I chalk that up to good fortune -- you can't always predict every idiot's move. The three times I have been doored, i was always lucky to have time to decelerated significantly and each time was amazed at (a) how flexy the doors are when you hit them - even to the point of bending, and (b) how dull the edges are.
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Glad to hear you're ok. At least you have a good reason to get a truing stand and maybe even build yourself a new wheel.
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Originally Posted by jyossarian
Glad to hear you're ok. At least you have a good reason to get a truing stand and maybe even build yourself a new wheel.
Heh, I like how you think.

Good thing it was so minor, OP. I try at all costs to go out around double-parkers, though it sounds like this one didn't leave much of an option. One of my routes home from Manhattan (I live pretty far north in Manhattan) is along a bike-laned street which is dotted with double-parkers the whole way. One time I pointed it out to a traffic cop in his little roving trike box and the guy said "he's not parked in the bike lane" because someone was still in the car. Grrr! I was too stupified by the traffic cop not wanting to hand out a ticket to point out that (IIRC) even standing in a bike lane is a ticketable offense.
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Old 11-15-05, 12:24 PM
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Originally Posted by oboeguy
Heh, I like how you think.
I'm just waiting for something to happen to my bike to give me a reason to make it better. I checked out a 9 speed transmission upgrade for when my tranny goes kaput and decided that maybe a FG conversion would cost less. Gotta look at breakdowns and accidents as a reason to get something better.
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Thanks for the kind words, guys. Yeah, I consider this a wake-up call to be more alert. Now that I think of it, there's a cold running its way through my coworkers and I think I caught a very mild case of it, so my brain was a little fuzzy last night.

Yes, I will probably get a truing stand before the winter's out so I can handle future such mishaps on my own. But on the plus side, it turns out I will be working one block from my house tomorrow, which means I'll have a chance to get my bike to the shop a lot sooner than I thought.
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Old 11-19-05, 03:55 PM
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Well I didn't get to the LBS until today, but they did me solid by checking the bike over and truing the wheel for free. Luckily as well there was no further damage beyond that. Score one for the LBS (Metro on 96th & Broadway)!
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