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Road cycling considered very Dangerous ?

Old 09-13-08, 10:42 PM
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To add,

Of course cycling is dangerous. You are riding on a machine that is more fragile than a car, gives you zero protection against the outside environment, and are wearing next to nothing while riding the damned thing. It's super easy to crash; I had one of my worst ones just by looking down for a sec

At the end of the day, you can either continue doing it because the fun and benefits outweigh the dangers, or not do it and try something else (which will have it's associated risks). You can still keep your health in check by working out at the gym. Heck, you might even pick up a few women that way!
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Old 09-13-08, 10:44 PM
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Originally Posted by DrPete View Post
Join the hamsters on the treadmill at the local meat-market gym if cycling is that scary. Driving your car there is probably more dangerous than the bike ride you decided not to take for your own safety.
Where I live, loads of people do the gym thing. I've got nothing against it, but something about the social aspect of gathering indoors to lift weights or whatnot with other people is kind of a turnoff. Much more fun to ride outdoors, and not have to worry as much about interacting with other people.
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Old 09-13-08, 10:45 PM
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Originally Posted by woodcycl View Post
This question is great at opening a can of worms ...

IMHO and FWIW ... I believe the chances of having a fender bender in your automobile is higher than having a bicycle accident, even cyling 200 miles a week vs. driving 15k a year. Take it for what's it worth ...
Actually depends.. Up here in Massachusetts and near the city, which has the 2nd worst driving populus in the USA, I have at least 2-3 potential biking accidents per ride compared to say 0.4 per drive.
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Old 09-13-08, 10:50 PM
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I live in NYC, and go to school in Hoboken. This means that the gym and 'fitness' culture is kind of evident...and it's really irritating.

I just met up with this one woman who visits the gym quite reguarly, and is 'concerned' that I ride 100+ miles per week.

Personally, going to the gym is like going from one cage (work) to another cage. At least for me, the motivation to go is SO much harder to culminate than the motivation to ride, since I can actually go somewhere when I ride...
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Old 09-13-08, 10:58 PM
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IMO, when you ride with a group especially if the riders are of varying skills, the risks of something going wrong is much higher... compared to, say riding solo or with a few cycling buddies whom you know have good bike handling skills.

I had been in a bad accident in a group ride where I went over the handlebar at approx 40kph... This happened as a rider in front of me hit the one beside and fell. There was no time to take evasive action or even hit the brakes as I was drafting the rider in front. Long story short, I suffered a concussion, bruises and burn marks all over my face, body, lacerated lips requiring 8 stitches, and 4 chipped teeth that required capping by my dentist. I was taken to the hospital by ambulance for treatment / checkup. Thankfully I did not suffer any broken bones and was not paralyzed.

Well, that didn't stop me from doing group rides but I now make a conscious effort to ride with the stronger riders who in general have better bike handling skills. I also keep an eye on riders who look like novices or who appear unsteady at group riding and try not to get close to them.

I have also decided to increase my core (esp back muscles), arm, and shoulder strength by taking up resistance/weight training so in the event that something bad happens again, I am hoping I can protect my face/head better with my stronger shoulder and arms. Better to break an arm rather than be paralyzed, or brain damaged in my opinion.

Cycling is an inherently dangerous sport... but that is what also makes it compelling for adrenaline junkies like me.

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Ha, that's great.
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I couldn't help but laugh, when, while I was going through the process of getting life insurance, I had a broken leg and when we did the 'dangerous activities' section, cycling was never mentioned
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Originally Posted by MrCrassic View Post
To add,

Of course cycling is dangerous. You are riding on a machine that is more fragile than a car, gives you zero protection against the outside environment, and are wearing next to nothing while riding the damned thing. It's super easy to crash; I had one of my worst ones just by looking down for a sec

At the end of the day, you can either continue doing it because the fun and benefits outweigh the dangers, or not do it and try something else (which will have it's associated risks). You can still keep your health in check by working out at the gym. Heck, you might even pick up a few women that way!
Couldn't have said it better myself. And the fact that the roads where I live (and most of the US) are downwright dangereous to ride on and that most motorists do not respect us being on the road only makes things worse. After a nasty crash last weekend and realizing how easily someone behind me could have driven right over me after the fall, I have been having second thoughts of getting back on roads with car traffic.
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I don't think cycling by an experienced guy is any more dangerous than driving a car.

The way I see it: compare the number of driving kills versus cycliing kills every year. And then look at the % of cyclists versus drivers. The number of drivers is huge compared to cyclists. The media likes to make out cycling as a dangerous sport, well, because most people are motorists that buy the news.

As for myself, I've had a few crashes, none involving cars, that were totally my own miscalculations. My area the drivers are pretty bike friendly and the roads are pretty good. I also prefer riding the country roads around here with very little traffic. Wherever you live you can find routes that are nice cycling roads. Most drivers just head for the freeways anyways. In every city that I have ever lived I have found nice cycling routes that start from the driveway.

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The most hazardous thing you can do is live. Today I nearly slipped on my slippery shoes down a staircase. Should I sit down and slide down the steps one by one next time? No. Sometimes the universe just hates you.
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Originally Posted by belowzero View Post
qoute from kids health & safety;

In 2001, more kids broke bones or dislocated joints riding bicycles than any other sport.
Most of them were most likely trying stunts that they see the BMX free stylers doing. And most of them don't wear helmets...it's not kewl.

News flash........CYCLING IS DANGEROUS!!!

I refuse to sit in my home, protected from danger, just to arrive SAFELY at death.
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