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Old 01-24-12, 06:44 PM
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My first commuting crash: Self inflicted :(

On my way to work this morning I had my first crash since starting commuting back in May 2011. Its embarrassing and self inflicted. No one to really blame but myself, but I thought I'd share it with everyone.

I was looking back to keep track of some cars after a few close passes. Unfortunately I wasn't paying enough attention and the road moves to the left while I continued to ride straight. By the time I realized, my wheels were already sliding parallel against the curb and I was losing balance. Luckily I avoided the pole and falling into traffic.

I broke my helmet camera mount, and my trip computer mount. Besides that, just some road rash and scrapes on the handle bar tape. Enjoy watching me make a fool of myself.

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Old 01-24-12, 06:50 PM
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Ouch. Thanks for sharing, and I hope you heal quickly!
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Hey! You should have moved more to your left!!!

Glad you're alright there, Trooper!
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Thanks for posting. Glad you weren't hurt. Those poles look substantial.

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Crashing sucks, hope you heal quick. I gotta say though, having the crash video is awesome. Luckily you and the camera survived fairly unscathed.
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Ouch. Glad it wasn't more serious. I had a 2 mph tip over going too slow across this bridge. It was dry. I think I was going too slow around that tight corner because it was late and I was tired. I think the 25mm tire got caught in between two planks and I did not have enough momentum and over I went. I reached out to try to catch the railing, failed and ended up with a broken shoulder and a sprained finger. Nine months to heal. Fortunately no surgery; just embarrassment and vicodin before bed (for 4 months) so that I could sleep. Sh** happens fast :-/ Be careful out there people!
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That was a very close near miss with the light pole, which would have left you hurting. Glad you're okay and don't forget; what doesn't hurt us, only makes us stronger (and more cautious!).
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I've done that. Hope you weren't hurt beyond minor bruising.
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You crashed but at least you got some pretty cool footage.
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Tough spot. Bunny hopping prob wouldn't help with those trees and poles.
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Originally Posted by weshigh View Post
On my way to work this morning I had my first crash since starting commuting back in May 2011. Its embarrassing and self inflicted. No one to really blame but myself, but I thought I'd share it with everyone.

I was looking back to keep track of some cars after a few close passes. Unfortunately I wasn't paying enough attention and the road moves to the left while I continued to ride straight. By the time I realized, my wheels were already sliding parallel against the curb and I was losing balance. Luckily I avoided the pole and falling into traffic.

I broke my helmet camera mount, and my trip computer mount. Besides that, just some road rash and scrapes on the handle bar tape. Enjoy watching me make a fool of myself.
Glad you're ok!! It hurts to watch the video . . .
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Crashing sucks, hope you heal quick. I gotta say though, having the crash video is awesome. Luckily you and the camera survived fairly unscathed.
This! ^


My first commuting crash was last year and also self-inflicted. I broke my arm.
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Glad you're ok!! It hurts to watch the video . . .
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Did anybody stop to ask if you were OK?
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Wow, you were very lucky to miss the pole!

The video reminds me of a similar mishap that I had about 6 months ago. I managed to stay upright by putting a foot down, but was moving pretty fast down a bridge and I broke my big toe. Two weeks later, I had to do an emergency stop when a cyclist ahead of me decided to stop for no reason, and I came down hard on the same toe

Hope you heal quickly and thanks for sharing!
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Sorry about your crash but that is very artistic video...
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Originally Posted by weshigh View Post
On my way to work this morning I had my first crash since starting commuting back in May 2011. Its embarrassing and self inflicted. No one to really blame but myself, but I thought I'd share it with everyone.

I was looking back to keep track of some cars after a few close passes. Unfortunately I wasn't paying enough attention and the road moves to the left while I continued to ride straight. By the time I realized, my wheels were already sliding parallel against the curb and I was losing balance. Luckily I avoided the pole and falling into traffic.

I broke my helmet camera mount, and my trip computer mount. Besides that, just some road rash and scrapes on the handle bar tape. Enjoy watching me make a fool of myself.
Is that Avenue of the Stars in Century City? I can imagine that the drivers there don't take much caution when they see a cyclist.

Hope you and the bike are okay!
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I hope you are all right, its not easy riding with traffic.
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Thus is exactly why I am buying a mirror to mount on my bar end!
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Heal well and soon. Thanks for sharing.
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They were stopped for the light, but no one rolled down a window and asked anything. I did get up straight away, so it was obvious that I was at least in walking condition.
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Is that Avenue of the Stars in Century City? I can imagine that the drivers there don't take much caution when they see a cyclist.

Hope you and the bike are okay!
I was on Santa Monica Blvd, but it was right before the intersection to Ave of Stars. I usually don't have too much trouble there, but people were passing closer than usual that day.
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Thanks all for the kind words. The soreness has settled in today, but I'm doing fine, no permanent damage.
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I hope you heal soon.

Do you think a mirror would have helped you?
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