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Your Sketchiest Ride

Old 11-06-09, 08:32 PM
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Your Sketchiest Ride

I want to know what are some of your weirdest, most unnerving, "wtf" rides. I'll kick it off.

Today was the first time I ever attempted lookout mountain in golden, CO. not a big deal to many of you, but for me it was a bit of a milestone. anyway, I got up there pretty late and after my 36 minute ascent(not a great time i know but i had to dig deep and htfu more than once so shove it) I got to the top of the mountain, looked out over golden and realized...it was night time. the sun had set and it was officially dark outside. as i started to roll down the hill, i noticed the gate to the buffalo bills burial had been closed and locked in the 5 or 6 minutes i spent taking in the scenery. then began the long, relatively slow decent. of course, cars are still going up the mountain for some reason with their brights on, washing out my vision and thus, causing me to almost soil myself. Still an awesome ride. Riding down a mountain looking out over a brightly light denver metro area is a pretty unique experience i think.

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Couple months back riding on a pitch black MUP (11 pm or so) without a head or tail light. I had to follow my friend's tailight, but he's faster than I am (or at least at the time) and had to HTFU to keep from running off the path.
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Are they talking about spectators feeding the cyclists? You know, like don't feed the bears?
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Oh, funny you should ask.

Let me see...Monday 2 November 2009. I had spent Friday, Saturday, Sunday partying with friends to celebrate being together with ol' pals, Halloween, the end of October, etc.

Yes, three solid days of swilling beer, some whiskey, staying up too late, getting up too early, and not eating very much at all. I don't eat much when I'm drinking because it upsets my stomach/esophagus with reflux, etc.

I rise Monday and don't feel so good. I was supposed to ride home Sunday, but I didn't feel so good. Spent Sunday night alone, which was kind of eerie because I was at a friend's lake house and everyone was gone. I get a weird sadness dip when I'm around friends for a few days and then they are all gone, knowing I won't see them for a few weeks or months. Monday morning I know I have to ride home. Well, I tried to squeeze another day out of it but my girlfriend (who was a few states away) demands I ride home. It was too foggy to ride in the morning. "Oh well, how about another beer?" Watched some "Curb Your Enthusiasm," had a beer or two, ate some pasta, took a nap.

Left at 12:30 Monday afternoon. Rode the 45 miles down the west side of the lake. Pretty nice ride, sunny and around 55*F, rolling hills. Get into the midway point city and it was a sonofagun getting up all the hills on the other side. Really terrible hills. I had to stop at one point, thinking my heart might explode. I considered heaving my bike into the woods, falling down in the ditch and calling someone to come pick me up. Ugh. But, I stopped and had some water and a banana at the top of the hill climb out of the lake region. By the time I'm 20 miles south of the city the sun is starting to creep towards the hilltops and it is getting colder.

At 17:15 it is dark, I have no where to put my sunglasses besides inside my jersey. I have a good tail light, an okay head light. Cars are rushing around because it is after 5. I spend the next hour in pitch black, almost hoping to have cars nearby to light up the roads. It is cold, I'm tired, my body is real, real unhappy with the way I've been treating it. The shoulder of the road is full of 2' deep potholes, my head light isn't that great, and it keeps on coming loose. So, I'm riding with one hand on my bars, one on my light.

I finally reach home at 18:20. It was only 78 miles, but a lot of hills, too much partying, and not enough eating.

I went to bed Monday night wondering if I'd just cured my cycling fascination.
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Well, I wouldn't particularly call my ride sketchy, per se, moreso a "ah h*ll" kind of ride.

I was just getting into this sport and was trying to find routes around where I lived in Merced. This was all before I learned about MapMyRide, by the way. I had used Google Maps to map a route that went out from my neighborhood, onto part of the route that the cycling groups go on, back towards the University (going alongside a lake that sits next to it), then back.

It was all fine and dandy until I reached the lake. From what Google Maps showed, it looked like a road, which, to me, I assumed meant flat tarmac. No. As I approached the lake, it turned out to be a gated off DIRT road. I stopped, got off my bike, and thought "well s**t...", then proceeded to turn around and head back.
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This summer riding from The Dalles to Pendleton Oregon. We had a 25+mph tailwind, I was in my 53-12 spinning out on the flats (30+mph) on the side of the highway, dodging tires, and other debris while next to the rumble strips, and semi's flying by just a few feet away... It was quite fun but I was also very nervous about having a blowout at high speed.

This is as big and clean as the shoulder got.
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On my bosses wheel heading into a city limit sprint zone. I get to close
and we rub wheels almost taking us both down at 25 plus. I am thinking that taking the guy down who signs my paycheck may not have been a great idea.....
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Descending with slicks on solid ice. Nothing more than 5% or so but still...
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5 % with ice??? That is freakin nuts man, and SLICKS!!! How did you not fall? I would brake all the way down going as fast as 10 mph.
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5 miles into 50 mile ride, oncoming car, mother's turned around messing with child in baby seat. Car crosses center line; Cyclists dump into ditch to avoid being squashed. Nobody hurt. Two miles down the road, somebody's shooting a shotgun at a pond; pellets bounce off water and spray into trees near cyclists.

The rest of the ride was uneventful.
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tonight. i forgot it gets dark around 6:30 pm here.
i left the bike shop where i work at 6 pm with my blinky light on. i'm pedaling through town and as i get to the rural route i take to avoid traffic, i begin to get away from headlights of the cars and what few streetlights there are. that's when i realized i left my headlight sitting on my bed in my apartment at college, along with my water bottle. 13 hilly miles of deer, raccoon, opossum, armadillo, and loose dog infested back roads with no light and no water. i now have a magicshine 900 on my christmas list so i will have a good light at home.
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Using aerobars on my commute to work - have destroyed complete wheel sets when I wasn't able to avoid chunks of debris sprinting @ 3am. Two times and didn't fall off. Just had to sadly pray that when I switched out the tubes I could pump it up enough to hold safely without it pinch flatting the dented rim itself!
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I had never ridden over 20 miles in one go and I had entered a 27 miles road event. This turned into a 70 mile road event, which I completed without food.

It had a number of hills and I had realized at the begining of the ride I hadn't taken and food or water with me because I was late for the ride (I started the ride just a few minutes before the deadline). THe only thing I had was a milk drink about half an hour before.

During the 27 mile loop, I managed to take a detour and ended up on the 70 mile loop. I had a map, but stupidly no glasses - hey it was only 27 miles and I was told there would be shops along the way to buy food/drinks.

But there were no shops. It was in the middle of no where. I didn't see any water stops either (they were there, I must have just missed them). After about 20 miles, I realized I was on the wrong loop, the 70 mile loop. So I started to back track (there were sign posts with arrows telling us which way to go) in an attempt to get back to the 27 mile loop. In the meantime I saw the event organizer coming up in the oppposite direction picking up all the arrows!

We stopped, I told him my predicament. He said there's a water stop "just up the road" - how would I like to contine on the 70 mile loop?

So I continued on the 70 mile loop, and 10 miles later I got to a water stop. Boy was I relieved. But I was only about half way thru my journey. Well I did make it, and I was real angry for being so stupid as I threw all my money onto the table and raided the potato chiops, drinks, chocolates that were at the finishing stand.

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Riding at night isn't a worry for me ... I've done it several times. But when the weather suddenly turns nasty out there ........

This was a century I rode in March 2007, and the thread is entitled Nasty, vicious, cruel centuries!!
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only one real sketchy ride. it was on b.r.a.n.. it rained the first part of the day so i met up with my family at mile 40 or so, got a ride for probably 10 miles. there was about 15 miles left of the day. with about 5 miles left it goes from light rain to pouring and full on t storm and there was lightning about 10 feet in front of me, ****in near death experience!! to date, i think that was the fastest 5 i've ever done after nearly being killed! assuming getting struck by lighting on a metal bike would kill you.
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wet and muddy leaves on the bike path. i went down hard.
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riding home drunk last night, i ****ed my front wheel up, chipped my teeth and cut my face

dont remember **** captain
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me and my buddy rode up into chester Pa a few weeks ago, riding through an extremely high crime/drug infested area can definitely a little scary
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