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Ever been torn off your bike?

Old 06-02-07, 03:41 PM
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Ever been torn off your bike?

Lessons from the road #5,

I was going about 45mph down a hill when I suddenly got the bright idea to slow myself down by using aerodynamics rather than my brakes. So I sat up, threw my arms out, just as a 20mph gust of cross wind hit me.

I didn't go down but let me tell you, I came as close as any mortal has ever been to being completely ripped off your bike by the wind...
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trying to learn how to fly on a bike. Guess, Orville Wright had similiar ideas.
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But he's dead though...
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Originally Posted by slvoid
Lessons from the road #5,

I was going about 45mph down a hill when I suddenly got the bright idea to slow myself down by using aerodynamics rather than my brakes. So I sat up, threw my arms out, just as a 20mph gust of cross wind hit me.

I didn't go down but let me tell you, I came as close as any mortal has ever been to being completely ripped off your bike by the wind...
You took your hands off the bars in a 45 mph descent?? I'm glad you managed to keep upright.
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It starts out in a wide turn that straights out and continues downhill, so I was essentially going straight. But yeah, I realize now how stupid the whole thing was, plus the wind grabbed my deep dish wheels too.

It would suck to end up like this:
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Originally Posted by slvoid
Lessons from the road #5,

I was going about 45mph down a hill when I suddenly got the bright idea to slow myself down by using aerodynamics rather than my brakes. So I sat up, threw my arms out, just as a 20mph gust of cross wind hit me.

I didn't go down but let me tell you, I came as close as any mortal has ever been to being completely ripped off your bike by the wind...

Concept is good, execution, well... Yeah, you have to keep your hands on the bars, but popping up in the air does help to slow you down.

In my brief attempt at motorcycle racing, I used it all the time. After a long straight tucked in the bubble, pop up at over 100 mph and start braking. You really had to hold on. Even though the braking forces threw you forward, the wind was really pulling you back.
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Originally Posted by slvoid
Lessons from the road #5,

I was going about 45mph down a hill when I suddenly got the bright idea to slow myself down by using aerodynamics rather than my brakes. So I sat up, threw my arms out, just as a 20mph gust of cross wind hit me.

I didn't go down but let me tell you, I came as close as any mortal has ever been to being completely ripped off your bike by the wind...
Honorable Mention for a Darwin Award.
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Originally Posted by botto
Honorable Mention for a Darwin Award.
I'm alive, you idiot!

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I'm alive, you idiot!

that's why it only gets an honorable Mention.
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I see...
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I've been tossed from the bike, thrown from the bike, dragged from the bike, dropped while on the bike, forced from getting on the bike, but never torn off the bike (yet).
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Originally Posted by slvoid
Lessons from the road #5,

I was going about 45mph down a hill when I suddenly got the bright idea to slow myself down by using aerodynamics rather than my brakes. So I sat up, threw my arms out, just as a 20mph gust of cross wind hit me.

I didn't go down but let me tell you, I came as close as any mortal has ever been to being completely ripped off your bike by the wind...

One of the cop TV shows that takes place in NYC, can't remember which one...
As they are dismissed the head cop says "be careful out there".
Now I know why he says that! They have to watch out for you!

Seriously, glad you're ok.
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Ouch, that's some serious road rash.

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Originally Posted by slvoid
Lessons from the road #5,

I was going about 45mph down a hill when I suddenly got the bright idea to slow myself down by using aerodynamics rather than my brakes. So I sat up, threw my arms out, just as a 20mph gust of cross wind hit me.

I didn't go down but let me tell you, I came as close as any mortal has ever been to being completely ripped off your bike by the wind...
\

Thanks for not racing. I'd hate to be riding in the group and some idiot just sits up and spreads his arm at 45 out in front.


Oh, next time, try that with a disc rear to bump the fun factor to a ten!
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Originally Posted by .:Jimbo:.
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Thanks for not racing. I'd hate to be riding in the group and some idiot just sits up and spreads his arm at 45 out in front.


Oh, next time, try that with a disc rear to bump the fun factor to a ten!
Disc rear for wussy, disc FRONT!
You should've been there with me today, remember how wiggly I was on the bridge that day? This was like 10x worse, if you had been behind me you would've pissed your shorts. In front of me? Missed out on a great show.

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Originally Posted by slvoid
It starts out in a wide turn that straights out and continues downhill, so I was essentially going straight. But yeah, I realize now how stupid the whole thing was, plus the wind grabbed my deep dish wheels too.

It would suck to end up like this:
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Originally Posted by slvoid
I'd hit it.

I used to drag race motorcycles and saw a street bike racer sit up after crossing the finish line to celebrate his win, kinda like the way the bicycle road racers do...

Well, at 130mph it pretty much just blew him right off the back of the bike and the bike just kept going without him. He was ok. Full face helmet and leathers meant that he didn't have a scratch. Too bad we can't wear that kind of protection riding a bicycle.

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I'd hit it.
Yeah it was pretty bad, I was being tossed around like a cheap soup at 130, and I wasn't even sitting up. I'll tell you though, I'm not exactly traumatized but what could've happen when skin & spandex meets the pavement at 45mph makes me cringe, even more so now.
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Originally Posted by .:Jimbo:.
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Thanks for not racing. I'd hate to be riding in the group and some idiot just sits up and spreads his arm at 45 out in front.
you could end up like this guy

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ar1pmFyGQAg
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Were you, nearly fittingly, passing by the graveyard? (20th Street onto MacDonald?)
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Originally Posted by EGreen
Were you, nearly fittingly, passing by the graveyard? (20th Street onto MacDonald?)
No, this is on 9W. I don't think that street on mcdonald is steep enough to hit more than 35 or so, unless you were drafting something.

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you could end up like this guy

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ar1pmFyGQAg
Ahahahahaha I love that video... I would've loved to have been the other guy.

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Fabricate a seat belt out of a bungee cord so the bike stays with you into the crash.
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Originally Posted by slvoid
Lessons from the road #5,

I was going about 45mph down a hill when I suddenly got the bright idea to slow myself down by using aerodynamics rather than my brakes. So I sat up, threw my arms out, just as a 20mph gust of cross wind hit me.

I didn't go down but let me tell you, I came as close as any mortal has ever been to being completely ripped off your bike by the wind...

Hmmm, are you braggin' or complainin'?
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Originally Posted by San Rensho
Concept is good, execution, well... Yeah, you have to keep your hands on the bars, but popping up in the air does help to slow you down.

In my brief attempt at motorcycle racing, I used it all the time. After a long straight tucked in the bubble, pop up at over 100 mph and start braking. You really had to hold on. Even though the braking forces threw you forward, the wind was really pulling you back.
I saw some idiot on the highway the other day behind me at around 100 mph STAND straight up on his pegs with his arms spread out, pretending to conduct music or some ****...guess he thought he was really cool.
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Originally Posted by slvoid
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Yeah it was pretty bad, I was being tossed around like a cheap soup at 130, and I wasn't even sitting up. I'll tell you though, I'm not exactly traumatized but what could've happen when skin & spandex meets the pavement at 45mph makes me cringe, even more so now.
This is what happens when you ride a motorcycle in jeans/shorts and a t-shirt. And crash.
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