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Old 07-12-07, 08:49 PM
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Me -vs- trashcan.

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Old 07-12-07, 08:54 PM
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Glad that's all that happened to you. I kicked a construction barrel that was sitting way in the road the other day. About the time my foot hit it I had a sick feeling in my stomach, realizing how bad this could have been for me if I hit it square and it was really weighted down. Luckily I just tapped it.

I think I'll just let them be from now on.
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Old 07-12-07, 09:15 PM
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That reminds me of a few years ago, in December, I was riding home in the dark on a shortcut that I had recently discovered, a private road through a golf course. I had a headlight, but not a very strong one, and I was probably outrunning it on a downhill stretch. Suddenly I see this big brown mass looming ahead of me. For the first second I thought "Hmm, what's that?", then for second #2 I thought "I should probably try to avoid that", and by the third second, I was running up one side of this big pile of sand in the road, over the top, and landed softly on the opposite slope. Fortunately, neither the bike nor I were hurt, and by a minute later I was thinking "Hey, that was kind of fun!".
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Old 07-13-07, 12:23 AM
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I did something similar on my old commuter bike. Outrunning my underpowered lights very early one pre-dawn morning I failed to notice a big crack in the pavement running in the direction of travel, with about 2" height difference along it.

It swallowed my front wheel and downd I went, tumbling into a neat row of 6 big green square garbage bins out the front of a small appartment building. Fortunately they had been emptied earlier that night, they went flying in every direction like a strike in 10 pin bowling, they broke my fall and I was totally unhurt. Dogs start barking madly for miles around, lights start coming on in the windows, the whole bit.

I straightened my brake lever and pedalled away like nothing happened, chuckling to myself.
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Old 07-13-07, 08:13 AM
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Oooooh!
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Old 07-13-07, 08:22 AM
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Originally Posted by CrimsonEclipse
A few nights ago while passing through a residential area, I saw a large
trashcan in the bike lane likely for pickup.
(oh, the trashcan is ok)
Oooooh....clowns putting their cans in a marked bike lane? That might need to get dumped on their lawn. With a friendly note attached to their front door.
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Old 07-13-07, 08:51 AM
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Ooof, that sucks - lucky it wasn't any worse! I read a post on Facebook about my local lakefront trail - they have these steel poles around each entrance/exit (I assume to stop cars going down the MUP) - some guy had an equipment failure going through these and ended up clocking one at about 20mph - brutal.

Those poles are kinda "in there", sticking a garbage can right in the middle of the path is a recipe for disaster easily avoided, IMO though.
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Old 07-13-07, 08:58 AM
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Originally Posted by JeffS
I kicked a construction barrel that was sitting way in the road the other day. About the time my foot hit it I had a sick feeling in my stomach, realizing how bad this could have been for me if I hit it square and it was really weighted down.
A (drunk) friend in college went to kick a parking cone that was in the middle of the street. Too bad it was bolted to the ground. Ya, he almost broke his foot.
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