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I came to in an ambulance

Old 01-10-12, 11:56 AM
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OP i noticed your location is Rhode Island - last night I was surfing channels and saw on Animal Planet that RI has Saquatch that chase bicycles. Maybe that is what happened.
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Old 01-10-12, 12:50 PM
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Originally Posted by kstephens
I seem to think that riding at night at reasonable speeds, is actually as safe as daylight riding. It seems you are twice as visible with a red flasher and a good headlight than you are in the day. I enjoy night riding, I just slow down a bit, and go all out on downhills. The only downfall for me is the face full of bugs that seem to flock toward the headlight.
My observation is that even with a great light on my bars, and a great light on my helmet, I can't see through a turn nearly as well as during daylight. Turns with elevation changes are particularly challenging.

Going in a straight line, no problem. Also you are spot on with the visibility. I actually think drivers see me far better at night than during the day.
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Old 01-10-12, 06:33 PM
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Originally Posted by ColinL
My observation is that even with a great light on my bars, and a great light on my helmet, I can't see through a turn nearly as well as during daylight. Turns with elevation changes are particularly challenging.

Going in a straight line, no problem. Also you are spot on with the visibility. I actually think drivers see me far better at night than during the day.
Totally agree with all of that. I take it easy on the downhills, preferring to push harder on the uphill sections to get in a good workout. Average speed is always slower, but it's still better than not riding.
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wow, that must have been one mad deer. what did you say about his mama?
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So you came to in an ambulance and the first thing you do is post here?

He loves us, he really loves us.
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Old 01-11-12, 08:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Sir Real
So you came to in an ambulance and the first thing you do is post here?

He loves us, he really loves us.
I really do love all of you, but no, it wasn't the first thing. After a fitful and unproductive night's sleep it took about 4 hours on and off to compose the first message due to the effects of the concussion (dizzy, nausea, inability to compose simple sentences). I was stuck on the couch but had access to my laptop. I figured it was good therapy.

I'm so much better now that I'm leaving to work at a client later this morning.
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Originally Posted by himespau
wow, that must have been one mad deer. what did you say about his mama?
BANG!
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I had a similar experience. First thing I remember was the smell of diesel fuel and what I thought was the sound of gurney wheels slapping the rear door of an ambulance beneath me. I thought, "This isn't good". I opened my eyes and viola, I was in a rescue squad vehicle. Suffered two broken thumbs (I had an under the seat steering recumbent) and a concussion. We were on the way to Shock Trauma. I don't remember how it happened, Witnesses said I rode out in front of 2 cars as if on a suicide mission. I had no recollection of a bike ride.
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