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Old 06-23-08, 03:29 PM
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In this thread, describe your first commutiing accident.

Just had my first major commuting spill today, on my maiden voyage in commuting on my newly commuterized bike.

Flippin' asphalt was a good 2-3 inches up from the gutter that I was riding close to (so that I wouldn't get creamed by an idiot driver). Wheels kept falling into the gutter and at one point I ended up losing control completely and took a major spill.

Skinned the crap out of my knees, lost a nut to my front fender, the end-cap to my bar-end, and one of the gel pads in the gloves that I JUST FLIPPIN' BOUGHT.

In retrospect, I'm glad I bought those gloves, otherwise I'd have some messed up hands right now... I'm just kind of pissed that I have to buy another pair.

Dammit.

Luckily, it was on a small road, so there was only one car nearby, and it was too far away to pose a danger. The bike itself wasn't damaged either; props to Trek for that one.

The good news is that I commuted an entire 8 miles today.

In other news, WTB: endcap for a right-side Giant Contactal bar-end
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Old 06-23-08, 03:31 PM
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first time paid for my trek lady waited until i was almost all the way thru the intersection before turning in front of me. i landed on her hood i think and ruined my bike. she asked what it cost and being mad i quoted the price of the new trek i was looking at. she gave me the cash there.
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Originally Posted by nemo View Post
first time paid for my trek lady waited until i was almost all the way thru the intersection before turning in front of me. i landed on her hood i think and ruined my bike. she asked what it cost and being mad i quoted the price of the new trek i was looking at. she gave me the cash there.
She was probably terrified you'd sue her and hoping to buy you off on the spot!!

Note to self: Always carry print out of current price on Cross Check or new JTS in my wallet...
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Originally Posted by ScottE22 View Post
She was probably terrified you'd sue her and hoping to buy you off on the spot!!

Note to self: Always carry print out of current price on Cross Check or new JTS in my wallet...

I am unashamed to say IT WORKED I carried my broken unrideable 10 yr old mtn bike 5 blocks to bike tec and gave them the money!
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Knocking on wood furiously here .....

two years commuting , no .....
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Coming down a fast section right before my work on the shoulder of a two lane highway, and I was pedaling furiously, (because fast is fun and was trying to keep up with the cars), and suddenly I hear this terrible noise so I touch the brakes and suddenly I'm in the air above my bike. Did an ninja flip while doing an incredible shoulder roll that got me out of the mess with only some road rash and torn up jacket. My bike was no longer ridable as the derailleur had snagged in the spokes causing the wheel to lock. The people who pulled over to see if I was okay were stunned I was alive. Now I wear a helmet.
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It was on the annual spring Bike-to-Work day. I'd been volunteering at one of the free-breakfast stations, and had stayed there a little longer than I had planned; I was going to have to haul ass to get to work. I started climbing a long hill toward one of the main entrances to our campus; since it was a little later than my usual commute time, there were a lot cars backed up on the road, carrying students and staff to school.

I don't normally like to pass on the right, but I was in a hurry, and there weren't any driveways or intersections on this stretch, so I moved right and began to muscle my way past the long line of cars. I was actually feeling kind of smug: what a great Bike-to-Work ambassador I was, making all those poor wretches in their cars wish they could be cruising past on a bike. Granted, the funny noise from my rear wheel was a little annoying; I would have to look at that later, when I got a chance.

And then, suddenly, I'm in midair, and the bike is somewhere behind me. I crash down onto the hard-packed dirt shoulder, try to roll, and slide quite a ways instead. Pick myself up, glare at the road rash on my limbs as if that will make it go away, and walk back to my bike, past all the wide-eyed drivers who are now not wishing they'd ridden their bikes today. I find the problem: that "funny noise" was a strap that had come loose from one of my panniers and rattled against the spokes for a while, before finally deciding to wrap around the hub. It was so tightly jammed between the spokes and hub now that there was no way I could extricate it and still make it to work on time; I had to cut the strap and limp the rest of the way up the hill with a badly out-of-true rear wheel.

In retrospect, I was a little impressed with myself that I had been climbing fast enough for a full endo like that. More to the point, I figured out something I have tried not to forget again: the sentences "That's a funny noise" and "Stop the bike NOW!" are synonyms.

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Riding in my neighborhood, almost home, I do a curb jump onto the sidewalk area. The older curbs in the neighborhood have this really, really incidious, slippery metal "rim" on the edges (to prevent the edge from degrading?). So my rear tire catches the metal and slips out from under me in a split second. I go down, breaking my chain, bending my rear cogs, my deraileur, and getting some good blood going on my legs and arms. Not fun. And unfortunately, not the first encounter with those metal things - but my first encounter with them while commuting and damaging my bike.
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It's easy to remember the details of my first commuting accident, because it happened THIS MORNING.

(there's another thread on it, BTW).

I was approaching a street intersection with the MUP. Quiet, 2-lane street, and traffic in both directions stopped to let me pass after I stopped. I moved into the intersection, and just as I passed the 2nd car, I saw (too late) a Honda Civic passing the stopped cars on the RIGHT, where there are usually parked cars. I went up on the hood and onto the windshield, and then down to the pavement.

The guy got cited, but I don't get the accident report until Wednesday. I'm picking up my bike tomorrow AM, so we'll see what's damaged beyond the front wheel. I went to the ER (on a backboard and wearing a cervical collar), but the x-rays were negative, and I just feel like someone has punched me in the ribs. I'm counting the minutes until I can take my Valium and go to bed......
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I got doored. Airhead opened a door right in front of me. It was actually kind of comical -- I piled into it pretty hard and just went *splat**thud* I lay there, feeling quite relieved that there was obviously no major damage to my body, and all I could think about was Roadrunner cartoons where the roadrunner paints a road tunnel on the side of a rock and the coyote runs right into it. Damage: a wheel, a front fork, a set of bruises.
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That's more OUCH than I've read in a while. Glad you're all okay.

I blogged mine.
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Originally Posted by itsthewoo View Post
...lost a nut to my front fender...
That sounds serious.

My first commuting accident happened about two months ago. I was riding back from the office on a Sunday afternoon. There's no traffic on my road, but I see a young woman putting on her makeup waiting at a stop sign to my right. I figure she'll see there's no auto traffic and just plow into me as I proceed across her path. I've got the right of way, because the road I'm on doesn't stop at this intersection. So, I brilliantly decide I'm safer if I pull up behind her and wait for her to go. She keeps putting on her eye makeup. She doesn't see me. I'm clipped in. I'm trackstanding. I tip over. Broke my fall by extending my left arm. That's the arm attached to the shoulder with tendonitis. Still taking ibuprofen and stretching to fix that.
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It was 1990, I was 18 and attending college in Grand Junction, CO. Early one Sunday morning, while riding my Viscount to the mall to work at Target, I noticed out of the corner a large red-ish truck or big 70's American car in my peripheral. Next thing I remember is picking myself up out of the gutter and grabbing the pieces of my bike. I managed to hobble back to the dorm and eventually the ER. Cost me one day's wages, cycling gloves, frame pump, helmet, front wheel (tacoed), scrapes, bruises, and a mild concussion. You know, this many years later I still would love to get a hold of that driver! But I'm not bitter.
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One night, while riding home from work, I learned why railroad tracks should be crossed at a 90 degree angle. I was cross a set of tracks that ran at a 45 degree angle, while picking a major wedgie (it was after midnight with nobody around of course) when my tire became stuck in the groove inthe pavement in which the railroad tracks lay. I vaguely remember flying over the handle bars and doing a flip. Ended up landing on my feet with some people whom I hadn't seen before laughing and then clapping as I stuck my landing. Came away with a broken headlight, but other than that, not even a scratch on my trek 7000.

Anybody know of a really bright LED light that is economical...aka CHEAP?
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Riding down a hill from my old apt. Was very bad at keeping my bike in good shape maintenance wise so my accident was my fault. Going down the hill I was turning and in the blink of an eye my handlebars stayed straight but my front tire decided to become parallel to my bike. I went over my handlebars flew around 5 feet or so and then slid a good 5 more. I was pretty surprised as I came to a stop, wondering what the heck just happened. I scraped up arm pretty good and was sore for a while. I calmly locked my bike up, walked up the hill to my apt, patched my arm, and went to class. Kinda freaked out my classmates as blood began soaking through the quick fix I did. haha

I try to keep my bike in good condition now.
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Haha, I remember one time when I lived practically next to campus, I was making a sharp turn on an area near construction (with a bunch of sand on the road). I lost traction and a good patch of skin on my leg, and I limped into Calculus with blood dripping off of me.

Anyway, in retrospect, yesterday's accident wasn't so bad compared to some of the stuff posted here.
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I got a used Raleigh Record in the fall of 1978 and began riding it to school, about three miles away, the only scary bit of traffic being Chevy Chase Circle, one of Washington DC's most infamous traffic circles. Learned about riding in traffic. Nice weather that time of year.

About two weeks later I rode on my first rainy day. Never having ridden in the rain before, I didn't know that brakes don't work on wet chrome rims. So when a car slowed down in front of me in the middle of Chevy Chase Circle, hit the brakes and learned something. I squeezed harder and harder, thinking something like "woooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!" and then WHAM into the back of the car, which was a really cool Jeepster woodie station wagon. I have a wonderfully clear memory of it getting closer and closer and closer. I quickly picked myself up off the road and got the hell out of the circle. I tried to flag the driver down as she went around the circle several times trying to figure out what had happened; eventually I gave her a thumbs up, she waved, and we went on our merry ways.

In the almost 30 years since then, there have been times when I had to give up bicycle commuting for one reason or another, but never for long periods of time. Now I've been commuting by bicycle for over seven years, and still no further accidents to report. I still remember hitting those brakes and thinking, wooooooaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!
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My first real accident was on Friday the 13th. I went around a gravel road corner too fast and the bike slid out from under me. Road rash on my right forearm, various other cuts and scrapes, seriously bruised right hip, and a minor concussion.
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Didn't hurt me or the bike but I think she will pay more attention next time.
Several nasty cuts on her legs, broken shoe heel, cell phone no longer worked and dropped her papers with a coffee on top of them.
She was pretty upset with me so I told her that it was better a bike hit her than a car, far less damage.
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It was raining. I was turning right on my green. I saw a fellow commuter waiting to go the other way on the red and tried to wave. My wheels washed out and I went down. Scraped up my hands a little and put a little hole in my favorite shorts. I learned my lesson. Don't try to wave at people when turning in the rain.
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Latch on my folding bike went loose and my legs went all wobbly as the bike crumpled beneath me. Luckily there was no traffic and I didn't hurt anything beyond my pride.

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You won't believe this one, but it's my one and only. A tree crew was cutting branches away from powerlines at the top of a short hill on my commute. I stopped as per the flagman's instructions and then proceeded up the hill when directed to do so. The guy with a chainsaw in a bucket truck had moved away from the road and was cutting a fairly thick section of limb away fairly high up. He completed the cut, the stump end fell and hit a paving stone in the yard below (walkway from the road to the front door), bounced into the roadway and hit my front wheel, I didn't even see it coming. Down I went, no injury or bike damage, almost like falling over with clipless pedals.

That was one worried job foreman, though.
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Setup:
I was taking the middle of the right lane on a 35-mph road with two lanes in each direction divided by a grassy island.
I was traveling at 15-17 MPH on a mountain bike.
I was wearing a lime vest with reflective piping.
I had a solid red LED tail light under my saddle and a flashing one on my left seat stay.
It was 6:30 AM on March 5th, 2006; The sun was not above the horizon. The sky was lit but cars had headlights on.
There was one pickup coming up behind me in the left lane, two stopped in the left lane at a traffic light a ways ahead of me. No other traffic or cars going my way.

The crash:
The traffic signal turned green just as the truck got next to me.
In order to avoid being slowed down by the cars at the light while they got up to speed, the pickup changed lanes into me.
In a split second, I had to choose between being knocked over and possibly sucked under the pickup or hitting the curb. I yelled, grabbed two fistfulls of brake and bailed for the curb.
Result: face plant in the gutter, two fractures in my maxilla (upper mouth bone) and two broken teeth. A hematoma on my chin for a few months and a gnarly goose-egg on my forehead from where the helmet took the brunt of the impact.

No one stopped, and I was too dizzy and blurry-eyed to stand up or get a plate number. My wife wouldn't answer her cell phone. After 5 minutes of recovering and sitting in the grass, I rode home, woke her ass up and had her take me to the E.R. I called the police while we were en route, but nothing came of it. A week and a half later, my doctor cleared me to get back on the bike.
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Back when I was a real noob I used to ride a x-mart hardtail mb. Now there was one part of my commute where I would ride up a trail (it was asphalt not concrete) on the wrong side of the street. Anyway at the top of the hill I was leaving the trail and crossing a intersection. I was trying to catch the tail end of a green. And there was an SUV that was a little quick of the block. Anyway they ran over my rear-wheel leaving me unharmed but my rear rim bent all to hell. The SUV didn't stop which was wrong but the accident was mostly my fault anyway. I crossed the street and used my feet to bend the rim back into a semi rideable shape. Then I rode the last mile to work. After that I did some additional bending and smushing of the rim to get it straight (all manual). I didn't know anything about how spokes worked and tension and what not so I kept riding on it. About a month latter the rim literally started to come apart so I went down to the neighborhood bike works and learned a whole lot about wrenching.
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My 1st and so far only (as he knocks on wood)

On July 24th 2007 about 3:25 pm on a nice sunny day, I was just leaving work, I turned west onto Forest lane, a 3 lane road with clear straight visibility for about 1 mile and I was in the far right lane. I had ridden about .2 miles with no traffic, I had looked back in my mirror and saw 2 vehicles a was back. I assumed they would see me as I wear a green workman’s vest and have a large blinkie on the back of my bike. There was not other distractions I noted no another reason for me to not be seen. Suddenly I heard a loud bang and crash like a gun shot, and realized I was no longer looking ahead, but instead up, I actually had time to think “this ain’t right” when I felt my head hit something real hard, I heard a screech and remember tumbling for what seemed minutes. Just as I rolled over the last time and tried to stand a guy in a blue uniform was running at me saying “don’t move.” But that wasn’t an issue as my left ankle and right knee hurt like Hell. Just then I saw an ambulance beside me. I thought I had been unconscious, but found out the ambulance was the 2nd vehicle I saw in my mirror. The 1st was a 2002 Fort Taurus, with a 74 year old stroke victim in Feb who had “had a couple of beers” (the drunk drivers pat response to any officer asking if they had had anything to drink.

After laying there a couple of second and taking stock I finally responded to the EMT who was there, he told me not to move and asked me where it hurt, I told him mainly my left ankle, which turned out to be broken in 2 places and dislocated forward about 2 inches. My right knee hurt, which turned out to be severely strained, and had a hole thought the skin of the knee cap exposing the bone large enough to lay a nickel on the bone and not touch skin. The back of my head also hurt, which only had a 2in cut, nothing else, but it had, with the help of my helmet passed through the car’s windshield. After a few more min I realized all 4 limbs hurt all over, and looking I realized I had little skin left on any of them. My back hurt which was all road rashed, and just plain sore. The 2 EMTs got me in a neck brace and on a back board, while we waited for the city ambulance to arrive ( the 1st one already had a passenger). I rolled from the scene about 10min after the accident occur. Enough time to phone my wife while laying there…

I spent 9 hours in the ER, 2 weeks in a wheelchair, and 12 weeks going to wound care, and close to 6 months in physical therapy. I spent 8 weeks off the bike, and about 2 more months before I could ride mountain bike. The ankle and knee both still swell regularly and get stiff.

The ambulance drivers said they had jinxed me, they saw me along way back and had commented how visible I and how they wished other cyclist would be that visible. How it would make their jobs easier. Then they were horrified when they old man plowed into me. I was riding about 22 mpg at the time, the car was going about 35-40. After he hit his breaks I rolled 44 yards from where the car stopped and where I stopped.

The old man lost his license, but only because he had had 3 injury accidents in less than a month, no field sobriety test, to breathalyzer, and no blood test. All going against the Dallas police department policy when an injury accident occurs, and alcohol is suspected? I got his whole insurance police, and my under insured, but my medical insurance got most of it in subrogation.

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