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Old 10-31-09, 09:47 PM
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
Which road were you on?
Good old Stunt Rd, at the point where it turns sharply to the right after that gradual, sweeping descent from the top.
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Old 10-31-09, 09:55 PM
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I crossed all lanes of traffic to make a left off PCH northbound into a parking lot.
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Old 10-31-09, 10:03 PM
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When my wife came home with some new jeans, she tried them on, and asked if they made her butt look big.

I said "bigger than what?"
 
Old 10-31-09, 10:10 PM
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Originally Posted by billyymc View Post
When my wife came home with some new jeans, she tried them on, and asked if they made her butt look big.

I said "bigger than what?"
Did that lead to you resembling post #46?
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broke my DA7800 RD while trying to adjust it. also on the same day i was clamping my bike onto the stand & heard a slight pop & thought i snapped some carbon on the top tube. thank goodness the bike frame was okay.
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Old 10-31-09, 10:42 PM
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Got lagged on by some buddies and decided to drink by myself anyways...ended up with a fat chick
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Old 11-01-09, 12:35 AM
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This is not me in the video, but when I saw this:

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I couldn't help but think that the rider at 55 seconds would feel pretty silly after being hit by an ambulance while doing an impression of Richard Nixon:

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Old 11-01-09, 12:49 AM
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I moved to South Korea and brought my bike with me. Riding here is great but the traffic is not for the faint of heart. Yesterday I almost got hit by the same bus twice. The concepts of right of way, speed limits, and traffic signals have little to no meaning here. In some parts of town there are relatively large intersections with no signals, signs, lines, etc. It's just a big cluster**** of who can go first. Interestingly, though, the more intensely aggressive you are willing to ride, the less crap you get.
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In my early days- I was coming off the sidewalk(bad), and tried beating a car through the crosswalk that was making a right turn(bad), when her light was green and the crosswalk was red(badder). She T-boned me from behind(worst) and I broke a collarbone, scapula and got road rash all over my stupid ass(worser...lol). The wheelset was tacoed and the frame broke at the top tube(all BAD).

When her insurance adjuster came to see me, I was in a sling, neck restraint and bandaged like a half-mummy, with the twisted bike still in plain view. She immediately cut me a check for $13,000 and asked me to sign a liability waiver....which I gladly did.
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Old 11-01-09, 01:18 AM
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I haven't done much but I guess the most dangerous thing I did was ride downhill on a $15 mountain bike without front brakes and the dumbest was swerving when I dipped my front tire off the edge of the pavement.
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Old 11-01-09, 01:19 AM
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Not a roadie problem, but a few months ago I went out trail riding, decided to bring the singletrack full-rigid singlespeed. Well, halfway through the day we get bored and decide to do some of the dry creek bed runs down the hill.

I had no idea you could break the chain stays, fork, and stem at the same time.
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Old 11-01-09, 01:20 AM
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That sounds very painful.
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i thought a couple months of spin classes this winter would get me in the vicinity of racing shape
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Old 11-01-09, 09:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Dilberto View Post
In my early days- I was coming off the sidewalk(bad), and tried beating a car through the crosswalk that was making a right turn(bad), when her light was green and the crosswalk was red(badder). She T-boned me from behind(worst) and I broke a collarbone, scapula and got road rash all over my stupid ass(worser...lol). The wheelset was tacoed and the frame broke at the top tube(all BAD).

When her insurance adjuster came to see me, I was in a sling, neck restraint and bandaged like a half-mummy, with the twisted bike still in plain view. She immediately cut me a check for $13,000 and asked me to sign a liability waiver....which I gladly did.
So,you regret your riding, or your signing?
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Old 11-01-09, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Oregon Southpaw View Post
I forgot about mine - courtesy AVA death stem- it was dumb to be riding a u08 that had not been tuned-up since '74...


posting these pity parade pics is even dumber.
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Old 11-01-09, 09:56 AM
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Originally Posted by KiddSisko View Post
Good old Stunt Rd, at the point where it turns sharply to the right after that gradual, sweeping descent from the top.
Ahh, that 180+ degree curve that gets steeper and then has that kink at the end? Yeah, I'm sure you're not the only one to overcook that turn.
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Old 11-01-09, 10:23 AM
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I rode the mountain bike loop in the Fells with a cross bike, but that's not the dangerous part. The dangerous part is that it's covered in leaves, so you can't see where the rocks are. Had my back end come up on me 3-4 times. And the dumb part of it is that I'm going back to do it again as soon as I have time.
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Old 11-01-09, 03:53 PM
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
posting these pity parade pics is even dumber.
True. Like my wife said, whenever your head gets cut it looks bloodier than it really is.

I'm just glad to have use of my left knee and left hand. Which I did not have for about 3 months after that happening.

EDIT: Like my recumbent disguise?
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Old 11-01-09, 08:16 PM
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Went to pass a van on the left, that I thought was turning into a parking space on the right side of the road. The van changed his mind as I was right next to it, and I found myself pinned between a minivan and a cargo van going opposite directions. Luckily they were both going slow at that point and notice me before squashing me. Had rub burns on both elbows, one from each van. I seem to have issues with vans, as I got hit by another minivan two weeks ago, that time it was their fault, the story above was more my fault then theirs.
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Old 11-01-09, 08:54 PM
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I haven't been in the sport long enough to have done anything really stupid.. but the day I finished building up my mountain bike I took it fast (20 mph ish) off a curb. Normally that's fine, but I went off at like a 15 degree angle (from the curb). Skidded out and tried to protect my head (My [at the time] non helmet wearing head) into the ground, and had to hop up instantly because there was a car right there.
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Old 11-01-09, 09:24 PM
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This should have been dumbest thing this month, this year has had too many blatant act of stupidity to narrow it down to 1. This month is only one day old so its easy: couldn't convince myself to maintain a safe speed coming down flagstaff today. Roads still have some residual sand on them that was put down for the snow, I predictably locked up the rear brake. On a positive note, I am getting good at doing that and not wiping out.

This year?

Maybe the time I struck my inside pedal on the pavement at ~30mph (well I can normally pedal all the way through that turn, that is when I'm not off my line due to a pass.)

Or maybe trying to catch that yellow light at night...ok it was red when I got to it. It would have been fine except a car making a left from the other side had the same idea. I left some rubber on the road that night I can tell you.

Or maybe it was passing that car (ok there were 2 cars) by jumping them on a switchback turn...wow was that pickup driver angry. Of course I made it past... unlike another time when I had to abort.

The fact I am still alive is a miracle out of scripture.
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Old 11-01-09, 10:28 PM
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I had a clipless pedal incident for the first time in at least 15 years.

In front of Mellow Johnny's.

On a Saturday morning with a dozen or more cyclists watching.

I had to laugh as I picked myself up.
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Old 11-01-09, 10:39 PM
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I just have to say that this is a fantastic thread topic. **** all the weenies whining about safety and don't flick off cagers ...the fun (read: lessons) is/are from the most outrageous moments of our life.

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Old 11-01-09, 10:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Fugazi Dave View Post
I moved to South Korea...It's just a big cluster**** of who can go first. Interestingly, though, the more intensely aggressive you are willing to ride, the less crap you get.
I like that. A lot like India from what I hear. Although I'm 22 and have no one else to be concerned about.

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Old 11-01-09, 10:52 PM
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So,you regret your riding, or your signing?
Although I regret ever riding like that...everything happens for some divine reason, and I no longer ride like that anymore on the brand-new bike.
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