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friend/cyclist dies in bike accident.

Old 07-19-05, 12:23 PM
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friend/cyclist dies in bike accident.

this happend quite a long time ago but i never got around to writing you guys and gals about it. a good friend and figure in our town...esp. with our soccer team, was hit by a car while riding his bike. he was a pretty experienced cyclist but the busy traffic pushed him too close to the shoulder. he hit loose gravel in such a way that a complete freak accident happend. his front end either jumped out or just washed out in general, he fell right into the path of a car, which ran him over. killing him. it was a terriible loss to our community and our soccer team. this did happen quite a while ago, but i guess it slipped my mind to share it with you. just remember to keep your ears sharp and check your left. keep it rubber side down. happy cycling.
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sorry for your loss
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Old 07-19-05, 02:33 PM
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OMG Yikes, thanks for sharing, yep we can never, never be too careful.
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that exact scenario is always in the back of my mind whenever I ride in traffic
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wow - awful.

I had my bike just wipe out from under me after it started raining - all the oil was lifting the road's surface, i guess, and a car cut me off and I had to panic stop. Thank god I was only doing 5 mph or so and they didn't run me over. I din't skid or lock up or anyting; it was totally freaky and I went down HARD on hands and knees, as the bike was suddenly no longer there beneath me.....only way to describe what happened.

careful out there folks, and make sure to check things like brakes, QRs, psi, etc often.
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Old 07-19-05, 03:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Geoff326
that exact scenario is always in the back of my mind whenever I ride in traffic
Yeah, me too. It is especially true when, as is normal here, there is loose gravel and debris along the side of the roads especially at intersections. I'm sure we have street sweeping machines. They just aren't used.
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The first ten minutes after rain starts is the most treacherous, for cars as well as bikes, because that's when the oils washes off the road surface. Another reason I'm a big proponent of LARGE (4-6 feet) shoulders - if I do wipe out at least I have a much better chance of not getting squished by a car.
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I am scared to death of cars and traffic.
Weekday mornings I ride about 2.5 miles on a lightly traveled road and then bike on a bike path in a park. I only do riding on roads very early on Sunday morning when there is very light traffic. Of course, there is still a chance for an accident with a car, but hopefully its much reduced as we leave at 5:30 am and often don't see our first car for an hour.

I get very bored riding the same 6 mile bike path loop, but I really don't want to get caught up in morning traffic.

Everybody be careful out there.
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Old 07-19-05, 04:33 PM
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I had a truck pull out in front of me and wreck my bike and I earlier this summer. I know how it is.
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