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Why haven't you crashed yet?

Old 10-13-10, 06:03 PM
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Why haven't you crashed yet?

So many have. Why haven't you?
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I crashed today! First time. Your thread timing is impeccable.
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It's a function of how long how you been riding (well, mostly).
So if it hasn't happened yet, be ready.
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for the sake of those who haven't crashed, i hope they don't tempt the gods by trying to explain why...
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Originally Posted by ijen0311 View Post
I crashed today! First time. Your thread timing is impeccable.
More scratches on that Cervelo?
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Old 10-13-10, 06:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Nachoman View Post
So many have. Why haven't you?
Have you?
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Old 10-13-10, 06:12 PM
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I crashed enough riding mountain bikes in high school to make up for not crashing on the road recently.

Edit: also luck...people went down in front of me twice during rides this year and I just managed to avoid those crashes.
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Ride more. It's coming...
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There are 2 classes of riders: those who have crashed; and those who will.
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I've been riding for a month + and I knew it was inevitable, especially since my neighbor (who has been riding for years just fell a week or so prior).

I was lucky enough to be barely moving while making a u-turn. Couldn't get the clip out fast enough and ended up on the ground.

Maybe I'll be lucky enough to have gotten that out of the way while I was close to home!
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I did it earlier this year and spent 5 days in the hospital with a pneumothorax and chest tube

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This season has been extra painful for me.

-Random clip-out fail x2
-Run off the road by a motorcycle
-Wheel clipped by squirrely rider
-Trackstand fail
-Hit by a car

Hoping that next season fairs better.
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Originally Posted by Gluteus View Post
More scratches on that Cervelo?
The Cervelo took it like a champ. I threw my body under it.
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Luck?

Also, I ride solo most of the time and don't push it too hard on corners and the like.
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knock on wood I have not felt the pavement for over 6 seasons and way over 40,000 miles of mixed group and solo riding.......
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Crashing mostly on MTBike rides. Last set of wrecks was in Oregon this past Summer on some serious trails. No crashes with the road bike, and don't expect to since I ride mostly solo...
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Originally Posted by JoelS View Post
There are 2 classes of riders: those who have crashed; and those who will.

This. And since I commented, I'll probably fall off my trainer in the future.
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Fell off riding as a kid a couple times, got thrown off in traffic in college when the chain dropped and somehow the bike stopped moving and I did not, fell down a couple times my first and last time on single track on the MTB, and crashed my road bike last week.

I fear the rollers we just got because I'm pretty sure I'll crash on those too.

What can I say. I'm accident prone.

And yeah, if you haven't crashed, bad juju to talk about it. Go find a piece of wood.
One of my friends was talking one track day (motorbikes) about having never fallen down. Guess what happened his next session out on the track?
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Why haven't you crashed yet?

What? This week? This year? WTF?

You WANT me to crash? Again?

Or you think the 41 is all virgins?

And you lust after other peoples misfortune?

Eff Yourself to sleep...
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Originally Posted by ijen0311 View Post
I crashed today! First time. Your thread timing is impeccable.
What happened??
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Originally Posted by WestCoastDan View Post
I've been riding for a month + and I knew it was inevitable, especially since my neighbor (who has been riding for years just fell a week or so prior).

I was lucky enough to be barely moving while making a u-turn. Couldn't get the clip out fast enough and ended up on the ground.

Maybe I'll be lucky enough to have gotten that out of the way while I was close to home!
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I don't think falling over while nearly stationary because the clipless pedals counts as a crash.
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I crashed more than once. The only cyclists that don't crash are those who don't ride.
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Originally Posted by ijen0311 View Post
The Cervelo took it like a champ. I threw my body under it.
A week or so ago I installed a new crankset and derailleur on my bike. Hadn't quite worked all the kinks in the shifting out yet and was messing around with the cable tension on the barrel adjusters. I was looking down at the derailleur just coasting along about to stop to check it out because it sounded like something was rubbing a bit. I had unclipped but I came to kind of a slight hill that I wasn't paying attention to and stopped sooner than I had thought I would.

I ended up tilting a bit right (toward the remaining clipped in foot) and I knew I was going down. All I could think about was the bike! So as I hit the ground I pulled it up ontop of me. Not a scratch on it! Not even the pedals hit! (Though they are scratched up anyway so it wouldn't have mattered).

Bike is pretty new by the way. Only had it a couple months. Thus the protectiveness.
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Old 10-13-10, 07:32 PM
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All my pavement kissing moments have been at slow speeds, or when stopped - front tire slipping into a gap on a beach path, about to do a u-turn and front tire slips in gravel, user/cleat error. I've wondered myself when or if I'll ever experience a high speed crash. I've been riding bikes since age 14 and have yet to eat it at high speeds. :knock 41 woodhead: I can't honestly say why I haven't other than I'm a damn good cyclist.
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I did it once a long time ago. I don't have any fond memories of it so I really try to avoid it.
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