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Old 12-30-04, 11:58 PM
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Lucky I'm not dead after my ride today.

I'm still down in Santa Cruz, and today I went for my third awesome ride this week - a great trail that starts at the top of the UC Santa Cruz campus, and winds downhill through the forest to highway 9. Highway 9 is a narrow mountain road, and from the end of the trail it's about 3 miles back to town on the road. Anyway, my friend Ryan and I are sharing the narrow road with cars, and everything is going ok until we come to a pretty fast downhill part of the road (the whole road is downhill, but we were probably going 25-30mph on this section.) Anyway, since we were going about 30 in a 35mph zone, there was a pick-up truck that didn't want to pass us. Oh, and I forgot to mention it was raining. Anyway, we're going 30mph or so with a pickup truck right behind us in the rain, and we hit a railroad crossing. As soon as my Ryan hit the wet steel tracks, he lost it and went down in the street right in front of the truck. I did the exact same thing a couple seconds later, only I was right alongside the truck. While I was sliding along the pavement, I was looking right at the truck's tire - it wasn't more than two feet from my face.

Luckily we all stopped (me, my friend, and the truck) and none of us collided with one another. My friend has a bruised hip, and I have a briused elbow, but other than that we're fine. It's kinda ironic that we were hitting the drops on this trail (they're all pretty small, 1-2 feet) and everything else just fine, and we get taken down by a 2" wide peice of steel in a smooth road. The rest of the ride was awesome, though. There are three or four more trails through the same section of the forest that I haven't ridden yet. I'll ride those next time I'm down here, probably a couple weeks from now.

Moral of the story - watch out for railroad tracks.
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Old 12-31-04, 08:01 AM
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Road riding can be much more dangerous than trail riding. Forunately, I've never been hit, but a number of cars have almost clipped me by passing too closely. I try to steer clear of roads, of course that's often not possible.

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Old 12-31-04, 08:06 AM
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I just found this fact.

Motor vehicles are involved in 90-92% of bicyclist deaths and 12% of injuries.
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Old 12-31-04, 08:09 AM
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Sounds like you should learn the technique called "Bunny-Hopping".... Most Mtn.Biker's use it quite regularly, although I can't verify that it would work on the pavement. There's probably a different term for it like "Curb-Hopping".

Just a little add on to the above post. I'd say that's pretty true, but emphasize the word "involved". It doesn't say "cause". In other words, vehicle's weren't the cause of the accident in the 1st place. The Kid pulls right out in front of you, or wrecks right in front of you, etc. Then you're "involved", but not the cause of the accident.... HUGH difference to keep in mind.
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Old 12-31-04, 09:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Killer B
Sounds like you should learn the technique called "Bunny-Hopping".... Most Mtn.Biker's use it quite regularly, although I can't verify that it would work on the pavement. There's probably a different term for it like "Curb-Hopping".
I've bunny-hopped many a railroad track on my road bike, however, I have found that if I dont make the second rail, the results are generally worse then if I had just stood and unweighted the back wheel. however, that feeling of "getting air" is pretty cool on a road bike, since the bike is so light.
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Old 12-31-04, 09:49 AM
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"Getting that air" is cooler offroad when you're several feet up (IMO). My 35lb. DH bike feels pretty lite too, not to mention the plushness of the landings, usually....

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Originally Posted by notfred
I'm still down in Santa Cruz, and today I went for my third awesome ride this week - a great trail that starts at the top of the UC Santa Cruz campus, and winds downhill through the forest to highway 9. Highway 9 is a narrow mountain road, and from the end of the trail it's about 3 miles back to town on the road. Anyway, my friend Ryan and I .........Moral of the story - watch out for railroad tracks.
That is crazy and scary. I'm glad you guys are OK!
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Old 12-31-04, 11:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Billy Brown
Road riding can be much more dangerous than trail riding. Forunately, I've never been hit, but a number of cars have almost clipped me by passing too closely. I try to steer clear of roads, of course that's often not possible.
I've moved to almost 100% off-road riding the last year or two. There were always some vehicles that would whiz by so close I could have combed my hair in their side-view mirror but they knew I was there. I think cell phones have changed that; I started to realize that in a lot of cases the drivers don't even have a clue I'm on the road!
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Avoid roads. People are dumb, drivers are dumb...dumb people kill people...you are a person.
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Now im happy I live in the middle of nowhere, and cars are barely on the roads. However riding in my old city was definetly different, really had to pay attention....average was a few kids a month.
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Old 12-31-04, 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Killer B

Just a little add on to the above post. I'd say that's pretty true, but emphasize the word "involved". It doesn't say "cause". In other words, vehicle's weren't the cause of the accident in the 1st place. The Kid pulls right out in front of you, or wrecks right in front of you, etc. Then you're "involved", but not the cause of the accident.... HUGH difference to keep in mind.
Without a doubt. Who knows how valid or scientific those statistics are anyway. It still illustrates a point to which we all agree. And a dead kid is still dead regardless of whose fault it is.

Edit: Another statistic that drives home Killer B's point about careless bicyclists. It's not that just crazy motorists and youthful abandoment that causes accidents.
"Twenty-three percent of bicyclists killed in 2002 had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or greater."

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Old 12-31-04, 04:56 PM
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Well, I'm glad your not dead notfred. Oh I kill me, oops sorry.
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Old 12-31-04, 06:10 PM
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Lucky call man. I almost got clipped from behind...atleast some drivers do pay attention
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When i was at fort bill, some car drove past me, and its wingmirror hit my bars. sent me carrering into the layby, (luckily it was further down the road from the waterfall thing!) and i was doing a kind of moto-x thingy for a wahile. Then i crashed. it hurt. lots.
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