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Old 06-02-08, 09:40 PM
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Took a spill on the way home (crazy drivers)

I'm riding along minding my own when from behind me I hear the sound of screeching tires (never a good thing) and turned in time to see something red rapidly approaching me. Now mind you all this stuff went through my brain in an instant. First thought "Oh man this is gonna hurt" second thought "sure I can jump that curb" ( I couldn't ) and fourth I wonder how bad I'm gonna get hurt? Well turns out I left the bike at the curb as I bailed off it and cleared the sidewalk and landed in a cloud of dust on the embankment next to the road. The lady driver tells me she really wasn't that close. I replied "from where I was sitting it looked pretty darn close and I asked her what the heck were you doing? This was after I got off the ground and checked to see if everything was intact. She tells me there was a semi in front of her and he got over in the left lane and there I was. DUH, I told her. He was giving me room which is more than you were doing. She tried to tell me I really didn't need to bail off the bike and I told her that her Miata looked like a Peterbuilt in my mirror just before I turned to see her. Another guy stopped to see if I was ok and several folks slowed down and asked if I needed any help. After I calmed down I got to talking to her it turns out her husband is a cyclist and she says she is very aware of bikers my thought was "not this time". I hope she was telling me the truth. We exchange phone numbers and talked a little more. I checked out my bike and it was ok. The panniers took the most impact and my pedals are scratched up but it shifts ok and nothing is bent. I put it on the bike stand after I got home and made sure the RD was ok so other than a couple of skinned knees and a right elbow I'm ok but its a good thing I was wearing long pants and had decided to wear my windbreaker. Not a tear in anything so no harm no foul. Think I'll drive tomorrow and ride Wednesday I'm getting a bit stiff this evening.
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Even a Miata weighs enough to kill you dead. Just because she's not a semi doesn't make her less lethal. Glad you're ok.
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Wow, glad your OK.
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Originally Posted by stringbreaker View Post
I'm riding along minding my own when from behind me I hear the sound of screeching tires (never a good thing)...

driver tells me she really wasn't that close.
Mmm hmm. Not that close, but it was necessary to slam the brakes hard enough to screech the tires? Something about that doesn't compute...
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Glad to hear you're OK, it's silly when people like that try to avoid responsibility in a situation like that, if she hadn't been going too fast and needed to slam on her brakes the whole situation could have been avoided. Also good to hear that your bike survived largely unscathed. Hopefully this changes her driving habits in the future, don't hold your breath.
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Mmm hmm. Not that close, but it was necessary to slam the brakes hard enough to screech the tires? Something about that doesn't compute...
Yeah thats what I thought. If you are close enough to have to lock them up you are too close
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Wow, scary... Glad you're all OK and your bike held up. Amazing how the lady tried to mitigate her own responsibility, and even trying to soft-touch you with the "my $relative is a cyclist, I'm very aware!" spiel, heh. Nice job in swapping numbers, just in case! (I did the same recently when my buddy was doored by a passenger exiting a cab even though he was all good/OK).
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Since you have the phone number, call her husband the cyclist and make sure he educates her on how to treat cyclists in traffic.

Lesson 1 - don't get so close to a bike that you have to lock your brakes.
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Since you have the phone number, call her husband the cyclist and make sure he educates her on how to treat cyclists in traffic.
brilliant! then you can tell if she was lying too!
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I'm riding along minding my own when from behind me I hear the sound of screeching tires (never a good thing) and turned in time to see something red rapidly approaching me. Now mind you all this stuff went through my brain in an instant. First thought "Oh man this is gonna hurt" second thought "sure I can jump that curb" ( I couldn't ) and fourth I wonder how bad I'm gonna get hurt? Well turns out I left the bike at the curb as I bailed off it and cleared the sidewalk and landed in a cloud of dust on the embankment next to the road. The lady driver tells me she really wasn't that close. I replied "from where I was sitting it looked pretty darn close and I asked her what the heck were you doing? This was after I got off the ground and checked to see if everything was intact. She tells me there was a semi in front of her and he got over in the left lane and there I was. DUH, I told her. He was giving me room which is more than you were doing. She tried to tell me I really didn't need to bail off the bike and I told her that her Miata looked like a Peterbuilt in my mirror just before I turned to see her. Another guy stopped to see if I was ok and several folks slowed down and asked if I needed any help. After I calmed down I got to talking to her it turns out her husband is a cyclist and she says she is very aware of bikers my thought was "not this time". I hope she was telling me the truth. We exchange phone numbers and talked a little more. I checked out my bike and it was ok. The panniers took the most impact and my pedals are scratched up but it shifts ok and nothing is bent. I put it on the bike stand after I got home and made sure the RD was ok so other than a couple of skinned knees and a right elbow I'm ok but its a good thing I was wearing long pants and had decided to wear my windbreaker. Not a tear in anything so no harm no foul. Think I'll drive tomorrow and ride Wednesday I'm getting a bit stiff this evening.
Good to hear you made it out relatively unscathed. Probably a good idea to take a couple days off, I'm still tight after my crash last week, wrist, neck, lower back.
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It would be totally awesome if her husband was a BF member and saw this here...
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