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Your "and it was my own fault" story? :)

Old 07-20-11, 02:59 PM
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Your "and it was my own fault" story? :)

I was just starting out on a ride, only a few miles in, and I noticed the release lever on my front brake caliper was open. While still rolling, I reached down to close it. Next thing I knew, there was a loud noise and I was on the ground facing the sky. In a matter of less than three seconds of inattention, I'd managed to roll into an intersection and broadside an SUV (an expensive one). Worse yet, the SUV had the right-of-way.

The driver was out of the car before I knew it, helping me up and asking if I was OK. I looked at my bike, which had the right brake lever folded against the top bar, and then the SUV, noticing an impressive scratch in the rear quarter panel. In a matter of seconds, this train of thought went through my head:

- I could have been killed and I didn't even see it coming!
- I hit a car!
- I could have been killed and I didn't even see it coming!
- It was all my fault!
- I could have been killed and I didn't even see it coming!
- I hit an EXPENSIVE car!
- I could have been killed and I didn't even see it coming!
- It was all my fault!

The driver was almost apologetic. Since I wasn't really injured, I got up and inspected the scratch on the car. He said "Don't worry, I can buff that out." There wasn't any way he was actually going to be able to do that, I'd scratched it to the metal. I said to him that I didn't think it would buff out, employing the rule of "don't say you're sorry 'cause it implies guilt" rule they teach you about car accidents, but fully expecting he'd say I should give him contact info and expecting to pay for body shop repairs.

After a few more sentences exchanged in which the driver insisted he wasn't worried about the car, I forced my brake lever into position and started to ride off. I made it about two blocks before I had to stop. I was shaking and couldn't think straight. I sat on the curb and tried to call a few friends, but it was a weekday and everyone was at work. I almost broke down in tears... Then about twenty minutes later I rode very slowly to a nearby bike shop, had them go over the bike, and rode home to chill out for the rest of the day.

What's YOUR best "it was my own fault" story?
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Old 07-20-11, 03:05 PM
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And SUV drivers are made out to be some kind of evil
Great story and good for you to admit wrong. And good for that person to be so nice to you.
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Old 07-20-11, 03:06 PM
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Wow, glad you're okay! Umm my worst biking one is well documented in this forum already LoL, nothing disastrous like that just ego hurting. Again, glad you're okay.
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A few months ago I got clipped by an old lady who said I shouldn't be riding on the road. Lesson learned: do not ride on the road.
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3 years ago, July 4, going to work, 5:50 am. I'm going north on a one way street when the light turns from green to red. I should have stopped. Nope. One car out of about 7 that I saw that morning but he didn't see me. Threw me about 10 feet, taco-ed my rear tire, big bruise on my arse. He called 911 and I had a little trip to the ER. $600 damage to the car, CT scan, X-rays, $90 ticket for running a red, bill from the city for the emergency run, paying to fix my bike...... Guess who doesn't run red lights anymore.

BTW, nothing wrong except the bruise on my arse.
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Old 07-20-11, 03:33 PM
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I was in 7th grade riding to school on my BMX bike and thought to myself, "I wonder if I could ride by crossing my arms and putting my hands on the opposite grips?"

BAM! I went down hard, really fast.

That wasn't so bad. The bad part is after I picked myself up and got going again I thought, "Now that I know what can happen, still wonder if I could do it?"...

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I left my house at around 3 am for a 165 mile ride. I tipped over in my driveway and gave myself a nice bit of road rash on one leg.
The problem is that I left my keys inside the house.
So I rode 45 miles and climbed 4000 feet to the start of the organized ride. Then rode another 20 miles and another several 1000 feet of climbing to the first aid station to get bandaged up. I should have just woken up my family, bandaged myself up, and driven to the ride.
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I don't personally have any self-inflicted horrific injury stories, but this one happened while I was riding with my roommate:
We were on our way to campus, and at the bottom of a hill he tried to do a right turn onto a side street, probably doing 20-25mph. Well, the bike slid out from under him and he managed to land face first onto the asphalt. I stopped my bike in the middle of the lane to warn any oncoming traffic (I had one of my kickstand bikes at the time), dragged him and his bike out of the street (he was conscious), and pulled my bike onto the sidewalk. I turn to him and ask, "Are you OK?"
He looks at me a little dazed, and says, "I don't think so." At this point I realize he was missing his teeth and his mouth was filled with blood. Well, we got to a hospital and he ended up losing his two upper front teeth, but no concussion or broken bones. To this day he insists that he wasn't "going that fast" when he slipped...
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[QUOTE=ChristopherMast;12958989]...What's YOUR best "it was my own fault" story?[/QUOTE]

Stopped at a 7-11 for cup of coffee...met this nurse...started up a conversation...stopped by her place...Yadah-Yahah...complications...police...lawyers...........It was my own fault. [But DAMN she was cute! Twenty-five years later, she still is.]

Cycling content: She was not the 'cycling' type.
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