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Was ran off the road today!!!!

Old 08-08-08, 02:41 PM
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Was ran off the road today!!!!

So my plan was to go on a hilly 15 mile ride today to open up my legs for the weekend. Everything was going fine, especially since there was barely any traffic. I was riding down a small grade hill that slowly transitioned into a sharp curve. I made sure to hold my line as far to the right of the shoulder as I could. Well some stupid piece of **** decided he would come over on to the shoulder with his truck, I was forced to move off the road at 20MPH (speed limit was 20, he was easily going 30). Now if anyone is familiar with atlanta roads, you know there are potholes everywhere. Sure enough in this quick process I hit one. I fly over the handle bars, and hit the curb with my chin/lip. As a result my knee got pretty scraped up, my lower lip is somewhat swollen, and I have cut on my inner lip. More importantly, my bike is fine. Shifters got a little scrapped up, and one is bent in but its easy enough to push back into position. I've cleaned it out really well, and hopefully will avoid some infection. The picture isn't great since I used my camera phone, but I am sure you get the idea. Luckily it wasn't a bad fall and nothing was damaged too badly. I'll be back out tomorrow!
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Old 08-08-08, 02:43 PM
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damn...hope you recover soon.
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Wow. You was ran off the road?
You is luck that you was not hurted worser than you was.
I is happy that you're bike weren't broke
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Did you leave out the part that goes..."So the nice driver, seeing what had happened, got out of his truck to come over and check on me. He was so concerned that I was alright and was apologizing the whole time. He offered to put my bike in his truck and drive me to the hospital. He even offered to pay for the clinic costs. I told him I was okay, we exchanged phone numbers and plan on getting together for a beer next week...his treat!"?
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Originally Posted by SaiKaiTai View Post
Wow. You was ran off the road?
You is luck that you was not hurted worser than you was.
I is happy that you're bike weren't broke
Darn, you beat me to it! Gotta go . . . going for a ran.
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Good thing you're ok, for the most part. Reading these scares me into riding safer, but there's nothing you can do when some f'head isn't paying attention. I take it the driver didn't stop?
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Old 08-08-08, 02:47 PM
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Get the license plate #? If you were doing the speed limit, it was your road. Double yellows?
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The ****er didn't even stop. Just accelerated!! By the time I got up, he was off so I couldn't catch his plates.
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That sucks.

FWIW: if I'm going the speed limit, I'm taking the lane, 100% of the time.
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Old 08-08-08, 03:21 PM
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Originally Posted by astonmartinag View Post
The ****er didn't even stop. Just accelerated!! By the time I got up, he was off so I couldn't catch his plates.
Any chance someone else saw him and reported it? Also, are you sure he did it on purpose, or is it possible he's one of those brain dead morons who wasn't paying attention and didn't notice until the damage was already done (if he did notice)?
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Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
That sucks.

FWIW: if I'm going the speed limit, I'm taking the lane, 100% of the time.
Yep. Let him flatten me. Then he can ponder the consequences of vehicular homicide.

On the other hand, once they find out the victim was a cyclist they'll probably give him a friggin medal.

Never mind.
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I hate inattentive/inconsiderate drivers. I was riding to work this morning on a 45 mph road when I got buzzed by somebody in an econo car that couldn't have been more than 1' off me and well over 45. Scared me then pissed me off.

Hope you get well soon.
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Old 08-08-08, 03:34 PM
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Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
That sucks.

FWIW: if I'm going the speed limit, I'm taking the lane, 100% of the time.
tru dat....and to add on....if i'm going the speed of traffic, my ***** is in the middle of the lane....
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Originally Posted by Capgemini View Post
tru dat....and to add on....if i'm going the speed of traffic, my ***** is in the middle of the lane....
Yeah, if people behind are acting antsy, I'll take the left tire track, just to make it clear.
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Old 08-08-08, 03:57 PM
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Glad it is just scrapes and bruises...

Hope karma catches up with the other guy with a vengeance!
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These idiots are every where!

http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_10115861

Was story on local tv news showing guys crumpled bike... a tricked out S-Works!

Be sure to drop some litter on bubbas pad when you pass by his trailer... what a *****wipe
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Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
That sucks.

FWIW: if I'm going the speed limit, I'm taking the lane, 100% of the time.
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This is the way to ride.
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Old 08-08-08, 05:25 PM
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Originally Posted by UtahWasatch View Post
These idiots are every where!

http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_10115861

Was story on local tv news showing guys crumpled bike... a tricked out S-Works!

Be sure to drop some litter on bubbas pad when you pass by his trailer... what a *****wipe
This is insane. I can't believe some people have so little consideration for others lives - and make no mistake, that's what we're up against on the road: some people just have no care for the lives of others.
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You didn't get the plate number I assume, Or recognize the vehicle did you? The only ray of sunshine in a situation like that is the ability to track the offender-soon to be victim-down and exact revenge. Dog feces under the door handle, cut off valve stems, shredded wiper blades, punctured radiator, severed brake lines, missing lug nuts. Or if you can catch up to him/her reach into the window, remove the ignition key throwing it into the woods or down a storm drain just before you turn that p.o.s. into a bleeding gasping waste of skin on the side of the road hopefully in much worse condition than he/she/it had left you.
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You didn't get the plate number I assume, Or recognize the vehicle did you? The only ray of sunshine in a situation like that is the ability to track the offender-soon to be victim-down and exact revenge. Dog feces under the door handle, cut off valve stems, shredded wiper blades, punctured radiator, severed brake lines, missing lug nuts. Or if you can catch up to him/her reach into the window, remove the ignition key throwing it into the woods or down a storm drain just before you turn that p.o.s. into a bleeding gasping waste of skin on the side of the road hopefully in much worse condition than he/she/it had left you.
That's exactly what I was going to say.
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glad to hear you lived at least!

you should get him back later this month.. http://www.criticalmassatlanta.org/
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Originally Posted by Capgemini View Post
tru dat....and to add on....if i'm going the speed of traffic, my ***** is in the middle of the lane....
Read something interesting in a NY Times book review today. Seems that cyclists are more likely to be hit by a car when there is a bike lane than when there isn't, and that in general people are more likely to have accidents in "safe" conditions where the driver feels like they don't have to really concentrate on what they are doing to avoid a collision. That's why things like traffic circles have lower accident rates than four-way stops or signals; drivers get nervous about them and really pay attention to what they and others are doing. From this I'd guess that as long as you're dealing with a normal driver you're better off taking more of the lane and making it more difficult for a driver to pass you.

Of course, all bets are off if you're dealing with subhuman crackers suffering from road rage.

To the OP: hope you feel better soon. I'm glad you and your bike didn't sustain any worse damage.
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I'm really sad to hear what happened on your ride. In your situation I would have taken the middle of the road on that descent. I do it all the time. It is totally brainless to be on the extreme right when you have a curvy downhill. I take the middle. I get honked and I don't care. If they run me over it's murder and it's that simple. Too many cyclists I have noticed on passing in descents on curvy roads keep to the extreme right hand side. That's the worse place to be on a downhill. I take the middle and hell with the cars.
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