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Old 02-19-09, 12:47 PM
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MUP-dangerous!

Well after 3years or so travelling pretty much every working day on the MUP/bike path I finally had my crash and fairly impressive it was too.

Near the end of the track is a sharp decent that goes around blind corner that leads up to a quite steep hill, sort of like a dipper track on a rollercoaster. So when coming down I usually cross over to the inside of the bend as 99% of the time people bombing up from the opposite hill need the outside lane to stop them going over the edge of the drop. It is a deceptively sharp corner.

I'd had a bad day, was tired and admittedly drifted off, coming around the corner I was confronted by a 16ish year old coming at speed in the middle of the path heading at a angle straight at me. He seemed to be struggling to even apply the brake. So I went to go around him and almost made it but ran out of track and plunged a good 15 feet off the edge down a bank through bushes and branches sliding on my back still holding my bike! (thank god I had my backpack on).

I looked to see this lad staring in horror at me, I shouted up at him "How spectacular was that!?!" I dragged myself up and he was still in a state of shock and could only mutter, "it's that blind corner". I said look no harm done I'm fine your fine, we live and learn.

Obviously after the adrenalin wore off things felt slightly different.... Luckly it's mainly muscle strains and I'm just a bit sore.

Just a reminder MUP's can be dangerous so don't drift off, stay alert like you would on the road. It was mostly my inattention that caused the crash anyhow.
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Old 02-19-09, 01:09 PM
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Well.... apparently when you do something you do it big.
At least you have a decent story to tell others.
Mine are more like "turning fast, hit patch of sand, and went flying."
You win.
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Old 02-19-09, 01:37 PM
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How spectacular?

Spectacularly Spectacular.

Gotta feel sorry for that kid, though. Sounds like he went into mild shock. Probably had a heart attack when he saw you, too.

Glad to hear you're alright, and too bad we didn't get video if it. x3
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Old 02-19-09, 02:07 PM
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"How spectacular was that!?!"

- I'm using that line next time I crash....
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Old 02-19-09, 02:08 PM
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The mup by my house has been taken over by walkers and joggers. I still get on when it's slow 'cause it yields good steep climbs that I can't find elsewhere.
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Have you ever noticed that the more outrageous the crash is, the more good-natured you tend to be after it? If I go down on a patch of sand and lay the bike down, I'd be pissed at myself.

If I hit a patch of sand and go down a hill into a tree, I'll be considerably more pleased with my progress. I believe it's my responsibility to make every one of my crashes as entertaining as possible.
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Old 02-19-09, 02:17 PM
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Remember.... It's only funny till someone gets hurt..... Then it's HILARIOUS!
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Originally Posted by Tobias Greenich View Post
Have you ever noticed that the more outrageous the crash is, the more good-natured you tend to be after it? If I go down on a patch of sand and lay the bike down, I'd be pissed at myself.
I've noticed, I presume it's simply gratitude at coming out uncrippled.

+15 internets to the OP for taking the blame and responsibility for his crash. Sorry I missed it.
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I've noticed, I presume it's simply gratitude at coming out uncrippled.
Yup.

For instance, yesterday my chain broke and I had to "scooter" the bike 4 miles to work. When my wife picked me up that evening, she was kind enough to console me on my bad commute. But I told her I was thrilled with how things turned out - half a mile back I had been mashing up a hill. Had it broken then, I'd be eating through a straw right now sitting in a urologist's waiting room.

All depends on your perspective.
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Have you ever noticed that the more outrageous the crash is, the more good-natured you tend to be after it? If I go down on a patch of sand and lay the bike down, I'd be pissed at myself.

If I hit a patch of sand and go down a hill into a tree, I'll be considerably more pleased with my progress. I believe it's my responsibility to make every one of my crashes as entertaining as possible.
Last time I lunched it on my mountain bike I laughed my ***** off and kinda wished someone was around to youtube me.
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You mentioned "kid" but you must be young yourself. If I crashed down a 15' hill I'd be crippled.

Thanks for the reminder. Riding home last month at night (MUP also) I spent too much time adjusting my mirror. When I turned to face the front I was passing a pedestrian walking his dog with only 6" to spare. The thought of 275 lbs of a bike/rider colliding with a pedestrian at 15mph was frightening.
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I'm sorry for being a newb but what does "MUP" stand for? Multiple Use Path?

BTW, I'm glad that you're okay. Just rest up a little bit then hop right back on your bike. Don't let it get you down.
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Old 02-19-09, 08:33 PM
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Please tell me the La Cruz is OK.

Oh, and... I hope you're OK and all that.
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Multiple Use Path?
Yup.
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Yup.
Thank God I'm not as much a newb as I thought I was, LOL, but I still have lots to learn.
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Cripes, that's funny! Glad to see you didn't injure your sense of humor.
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