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Humorous crash report: 6-6-09

Old 06-06-09, 10:59 AM
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Humorous crash report: 6-6-09

Winding uphill on very narrow country road with 4 foot brush covered bank topped by 4 foot barbed wire fence on the left. My friend Kyle and I are out of the saddle on the steep, here a crashing through brush sound to our left and turn our heads just in time to see two deer descending onto us after they had leaped the fence atop the bank. One deer grazed Kyle's front wheel as it landed. He of the superior bike handling skills stayed upright. The other deer landed, careened into my left forearm, handlebar and front wheel as it moved to my right. Went down hard on the left hip and elbow. Took a few seconds to realize nothing was broken on me, just lost some skin and gained some bruises. I'm lying there with Kyle standing over me as we both burst into hysterical laughter. Readjusted bars and stem, off we went. No significant damage to the bike. Had we been going faster or downhill, it might have been disastrous. In hindsight, seems hilarious to get run over by a deer.
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Old 06-06-09, 11:02 AM
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Oh dear! (I crack myself up)
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You wimp! You should have grabbed it, wrestled it to the ground, and taken it home tied to the bars so you could have eaten it for dinner (LOL).

Glad to hear you're OK and that you could laugh it off. Being trampled by a big critter can be really dangerous and painful. I've had more than one friend who hit a deer or elk while riding their motorcycles, and they got pretty messed up.

Ride safe.
Dan'o :}
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Old 06-06-09, 11:11 AM
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Oh dear! (I crack myself up)
Well done.
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Old 06-06-09, 11:40 AM
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Check yourself for ticks. Deer aren't the cleanest woodland critters around.

Glad you came out okay. Deer can really mess you up - fast and heavy!
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would have been a great time to have a helmet cam on haha
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What you need is a clothes pin and a playing card in your jersey pocket. Then next time you're ridng through deer country fix the card to your fork with the clothes pin so it makes that "fwap, fwap, fwap" sound we all loved as children. Then the deer will know you're there and they'll be a little more careful about jumping on top of you. It was probably a shock to them, too, with bikes being so quiet and all to see what they'd gotten themselves into.

Glad you're okay.
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Old 06-06-09, 12:35 PM
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What you need is a clothes pin and a playing card in your jersey pocket. Then next time you're ridng through deer country fix the card to your fork with the clothes pin so it makes that "fwap, fwap, fwap" sound we all loved as children.
Any mention of cards in spokes reminds me of this line from my fave comedy - Airplane.

Striker, listen, and you listen close: flying a plane is no different than riding a bicycle, just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes.

Glad to hear you are alright and able to laugh about it.
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Deer are a big problem where I live - I've seen them running through my yard a number of times. I had to dodge one today on my ride. Actually, I had to dodge three pieces of the same deer
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Old 06-06-09, 02:12 PM
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Good thing you were going uphill instead of downhill.

I have a few close calls with deer too.
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