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Old 11-26-08, 11:20 AM   #1
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Biggest Fear Biking?

Mine is rolling a front tire in a less than ideal situation, i.e. swerving a car/truck/bus in NYC traffic.
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Old 11-26-08, 11:21 AM   #2
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women drivers.
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Old 11-26-08, 11:22 AM   #3
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Soccer moms in SUV's, downtown to do some errands and have no ****ing clue how traffic works.
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Old 11-26-08, 11:22 AM   #4
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i'm gonna fall in traffic and get my head crushed by a car. Every time i make a sharp turn or if its wet it crosses my mind.
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Old 11-26-08, 11:23 AM   #5
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some impatient driver trying to pass and getting too close and clipping my arm or something
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Old 11-26-08, 11:25 AM   #6
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i'm gonna fall in traffic and get my head crushed by a car. Every time i make a sharp turn or if its wet it crosses my mind.
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Old 11-26-08, 11:28 AM   #7
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oh yeah and my hack bike has cotter pin cranks which suck so i'm always afraid they are just going to explode on me.
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Old 11-26-08, 11:30 AM   #8
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getting hit my an 18-wheeler. has almost happend a bunch of times. they are big, i am not so big.
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Old 11-26-08, 11:33 AM   #10
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my biggest fear . well , rolling a tubular on my front wheel at 45kph .
#2 is the front wheel deciding that the QR is just that , a " quick release" .
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Old 11-26-08, 11:33 AM   #11
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Car doors opening 5' in front of you & getting bike stolen
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Mine is rolling a front tire in a less than ideal situation, i.e. swerving a car/truck/bus in NYC traffic.
does this happen often? this is with tubulars glued to the rims correct?
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Old 11-26-08, 11:37 AM   #13
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I once heard of a story about a rider wearing sunglasses and falling/crashing and having the sunglasses "gouging" the eyes out... I'm guessing that's a bit of a myth, but that's why some ride with sunglasses outside helmet straps
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Man, I swear I've passed through some car doors like the flash.
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Old 11-26-08, 11:39 AM   #15
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i'm gonna fall in traffic and get my head crushed by a car. Every time i make a sharp turn or if its wet it crosses my mind.
Yeah, this. Or having to dodge something on a road with streetcar tracks and wiping out then getting crushed.

Also: getting doored.

Other cyclists doing the ninja stop-sign run or wrong way on a one-way street without lights (esp. when they roll off a one-way the wrong way and turn the wrong way onto another one way, cutting the corner that you'd ordinarily be able to cut going the /proper/ direction ) and me not seeing them and colliding. The thought of a bike/bike collision at all-way stops is always on my mind, but I still roll on through.
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Old 11-26-08, 11:40 AM   #16
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getting hit my an 18-wheeler. has almost happend a bunch of times. they are big, i am not so big.
i got run over by an 18 wheeler. Now that i got that over with, my new biggest fear is getting doored.
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Doorings....been there , done that a couple times. It is scary.

Being hit/crushed/crashed in traffic with my daughter or wife seeing from the streetcar/streetcar stop.
OR being smashed directly from behind, as pretty much anything else I can see/deal with.
Anything where I'm pretty much helpless is a source of fear for me.
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does this happen often? this is with tubulars glued to the rims correct?
I've never rolled a tire, but then again I have only owned tubular tires for like a month or two.

But I have heard some stories.

Technically, if the tire is mounted/glued/aged properly it shouldn't be a concern. But my thing is, the first time I flat & do the repair myself, those first few rides are gonna suck mentally.
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Getting doored. Getting clipped from behind when some righteous driver decides I'm not going fast enough for him/her, and decides to indignantly speed up and pass me a little too closely.

If I was still living in Toronto, street cars.
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I've never rolled a tire, but then again I have only owned tubular tires for like a month or two.

But I have heard some stories.

Technically, if the tire is mounted/glued/aged properly it shouldn't be a concern. But my thing is, the first time I flat & do the repair myself, those first few rides are gonna suck mentally.
well to answer your question . no , they dont roll very often .
i have been riding tubular tires since around 1984/1985 & I havent had one roll . but the fear is there . Under the correct conditions and circumstances its possible to roll ,but it's just a fear of mine .

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Getting a flat on my 5:30 a.m. commute when its 15 F outside.
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trolley tracks. damn you public transportation, why!!!
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Being hit by a car in such a way that I am mortally wounded but die a slow, painful, agonizing death. Though being hit and dying in general is up there too.
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