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EXCUSE ME - Me first!

Old 05-21-18, 02:46 PM
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EXCUSE ME - Me first!

A month ago I was hit by a car while going across a 4 way stop. When the ambulance showed up the guy said, "WOW, you've just been hit and your heart rate is only 140 over 70?" Normally it's 120 over 60 so I assume I was excited. But you can bet that I'm watching cars more closely now. I waited for cars to go in either direction and got most of the way across the intersection before some woman rolled the stop sign and accelerated directly into the side of my just finished custom rebuilt Pinarello Stelvio. Most of the components were trashed but hopefully the frame and fork survived unhurt. I got a lot of road rash, a smashed toe, chipped kneecap and bruised lung.

That really screwed me up on my cycling trip to Phoenix. There is no humidity there (1-2%) and each breath dries you out. If you aren't guzzling water you can't get 20 miles without dropping to a crawl.
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Originally Posted by cyclintom View Post
A month ago I was hit by a car while going across a 4 way stop. When the ambulance showed up the guy said, "WOW, you've just been hit and your heart rate is only 140 over 70?" Normally it's 120 over 60 so I assume I was excited. But you can bet that I'm watching cars more closely now. I waited for cars to go in either direction and got most of the way across the intersection before some woman rolled the stop sign and accelerated directly into the side of my just finished custom rebuilt Pinarello Stelvio. Most of the components were trashed but hopefully the frame and fork survived unhurt. I got a lot of road rash, a smashed toe, chipped kneecap and bruised lung.

That really screwed me up on my cycling trip to Phoenix. There is no humidity there (1-2%) and each breath dries you out. If you aren't guzzling water you can't get 20 miles without dropping to a crawl.
Continue healing well and good luck with the trip!
Not sure if I find 4 way stops or roundabouts more stressful.
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Old 05-21-18, 05:46 PM
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Any head trauma from the accident?
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Old 05-21-18, 05:57 PM
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Originally Posted by cyclintom View Post
When the ambulance showed up the guy said, "WOW, you've just been hit and your heart rate is only 140 over 70?" Normally it's 120 over 60 so I assume I was excited.
I assume you meant blood pressure.
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Old 05-22-18, 07:06 AM
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get well soon
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Get well soon. Inattentive drivers are always a problem, always be on the lookout for them, always assume everyone that sees you is still going to hit you.

Don't dick about trying to rebuild that bike, even if the frame LOOKS OK, no telling what internal damage there may be or what may pop up after you start to rip it down. Get a replacement cost estimate from a few shops, and present it to her insurance for compensation.
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Someone told me that the guilty party will accelerate so as to get ahead of you if possible.
Trying to make it look like they got there first.
I hope your bike is replaced new and
your road rash heals quickly.
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Wow. Sorry to read this. Heal quickly and sue the crap out of the driver so you can get a REALLY REALLY nice bike.
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Well that sucks, hope you heal well and get back up and riding.
The biggest problem I have at my local 4 way stop is the person trying to be nice and letting me go through. It just confuses everybody else, and throws off the 'rhythm' of the intersection.
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Hope you start feeling better soon. I hate reading stuff like this...it could be any one of us next. Take care.
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I never assume I have the right of way at an intersection. I always slow down. If there is someone siting at a stop sign, I try to establish eye contact. When I go through an intersection I try to take the lane so no one will pass me then make a right turn in front of or into me.

The thing that always pisses me off is when a driver goes flying by you then either slams on their brakes to make a left or makes a right turn in front of you. But the worst are the morons on their cell phones. It scares the hell out of me when I see someone pass and I look up and they are staring down at their phone. Pure luck that they didn't hit me. You don't give a lot of details on what happened (maybe you don't remember ) but it wouldn't surprise me if the driver was on their cell phone.

You have to be careful a whole bunch of self absorbed idiots that are behind the wheel of a car.
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