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So it finally happened... (flew over bars)

Old 08-06-09, 09:45 AM
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Put saddle back in seatpost so you can get some leverage, get a tire iron/pry-bar/cro-bar and bend it back. This it isn't rocket appliances.
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Old 08-06-09, 10:49 AM
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You're an idiot for not running this fool down in the first place. The best thing to do is let HIM take the force of the impact while you while you shoulder check his dumb ass. Then you and your bike have some cushioning. I use peds as brakes every day. Need to stop? Hit a ped!
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i was riding home at night about a year ago and crashed into a big trash bin. apparently it was garbage night and even with a light i couldn't see the container until i was flying over the bars. i hit my head and had to spend about 5 hrs. in the ER, getting released once they decided i was going to be okay. i suffered a hairline cranial fracture above my ear and ruptured my eardrum. needless to say, i ride with a helmet, front brake, and better lights now.
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Old 08-06-09, 03:17 PM
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Dude, take it easy. There is no way a $40 seat is worth getting so indignant about. Be glad you didn't fracture your arm, or something. I know I am, and I did a vast sum more damage to my ride....For my own carelessness:



I have no cast, no fractures, just some rash and scrapes.

So bend that saddle back into a reasonably acceptable shape, and keep on riding. Cause you are not down and out, until you can't ride no more.
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Old 08-06-09, 03:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Oscuro View Post
Dude, take it easy.
Psh easy for you to say, your saddle is fine!
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Old 08-06-09, 03:34 PM
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Well, at least you didn't scuff that nice Brooks saddle!
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Old 08-06-09, 03:46 PM
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Nope. Glad about that too! The next day I picked up a $20 beater. Put the chain back on the rings, and inflated the tires. It works. Day after that, I scrounged a used seat tube for $5, so I am riding again!
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Old 08-06-09, 04:11 PM
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Are you in the mood for a pointless debate if so please visit: https://www.bikeforums.net/singlespeed-fixed-gear/568066-ssfg-darwinian-nightmare.html
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Old 08-06-09, 05:44 PM
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Originally Posted by feetpower View Post
Of course I wore a helmet! Do you think I'm some lame hipster kid learning how to skid for the first time? I don't give a **** about skidding. I'm sorry if I'm coming across as aggressive but that was a stupid question that has nothing to do with my original question about repairing the rails. Thanks.
Maybe being able to skid, during sudden situations, will waken up your reflexes.
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Old 08-06-09, 06:35 PM
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Originally Posted by feetpower
I'm having seconds thoughts about my pista's frame only having a front brake.
A rear brake wouldn't have kept feetpower from having this accident.

Try a single pivot brake instead of a dual pivot brake, learn to back pedal, and don't rely on brakes to rescue you.
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Old 08-06-09, 08:00 PM
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What are you talking about, Ken? Dude can absolutely rely on his brakes to rescue him. That's what they are for. He's just got to learn how to use them first.
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Old 08-06-09, 10:09 PM
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@ Ken Cox:
how would a single pivot brake act differently than a double pivot? they both uniformly contact the rim no?

@ Prime:
as COOL as skidding looks, as long as i have brakes, i wont need to skid. how fast do i need to go to start skidding? +15mph?

@ Oscuro:
i didn't mean to sound so indignant but i just bought the seat a few days ago and bent it. i think anyone would get fussy over breaking something they just bought. sorry to hear about your accident but you're a live and im a live and that's all that matters!

@ Pipmang:
Yeah a bright headlight changes everything! when my batteries died i just popped in a few i took out of a tv remote and it was dim as hell which made riding at night really scary!

@ LoRoK:
lol at running people down. i ran into someone while snowboarding for the first time. i felt incredibly bad. it was a cute girl too!

@ Zachee:
stock pista drops and shimano super slr brake

thanks for all the comments folks (good or bad). i need to learn to take a joke... damn internet!

for the rear brake comments, wouldn't i be able to stop safer and faster if i had the rear do most of the braking? even at a +20 mph, would rear-braking still send me over the bars?
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Old 08-06-09, 10:35 PM
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Maybe start giving a **** about skidding. Use your feetpower to skid AND use the front break simultaneously. I've found that skidding or skip stopping and using the assistance of the front brake at the same time is a very reliable way to come to a dead stop very quickly.
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Old 08-07-09, 02:15 AM
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Originally Posted by feetpower View Post
Of course I wore a helmet! Do you think I'm some lame hipster kid learning how to skid for the first time? I don't give a **** about skidding. I'm sorry if I'm coming across as aggressive but that was a stupid question that has nothing to do with my original question about repairing the rails. Thanks.


I can't believe new jack hasn't been completely laughed off stage for this comment, right after his "I can't control my own bike" original post. Too good.



Meanwhile the "nooo you need to learn to SKID the fixie, brah" crowd is full of it too, just not in such a hilarious, self-righteous-with-no-bearing-on-reality way.
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for the rear brake comments, wouldn't i be able to stop safer and faster if i had the rear do most of the braking?
No, you wouldn't.
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Old 08-07-09, 06:07 AM
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High Five, man. Join the club. At least, the rail didn't break like mine. Nonetheless, it looks the same.



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Originally Posted by Oscuro View Post
Dude, take it easy. There is no way a $40 seat is worth getting so indignant about. Be glad you didn't fracture your arm, or something. I know I am, and I did a vast sum more damage to my ride....For my own carelessness:

https://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b2...1_1024x768.jpg

I have no cast, no fractures, just some rash and scrapes.

So bend that saddle back into a reasonably acceptable shape, and keep on riding. Cause you are not down and out, until you can't ride no more.
I think your top tube has a dent.
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Old 08-07-09, 08:21 AM
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Originally Posted by feetpower View Post
for the rear brake comments, wouldn't i be able to stop safer and faster if i had the rear do most of the braking? even at a +20 mph, would rear-braking still send me over the bars?
No. just fyi a rear brake does the exact same thing as skidding. also how the hell would you get flown over the bars if you lock up your rear wheel. Maybe you should stop trying so hard not to be a certain type of person and learn to do something because it can be practical sometimes. Skidding isn't a bad thing.
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This happens, when you reflexes take control due to some sudden emergency there is little you can do. I have been over my bars on my road bike and DH mountain bike both at low speeds because somebody decided to go directly in front of me (they were on bikes too, one was head one!)

I have been over the bars on actual DH runs in serious steep rock gardens, but that is my fault. When some idiot heads directly for you there is little you can do. My reflexes always take over. It happens before you can think and you are somersaulting through the air. I am glad a wore helmets all the times I did it.

I have a skate helmet for my bike. It kinda sucks, it's heavy, looks kinda stupid and makes me even more hot than the summer heat should, but it withstands multiple hits to concrete without barely noticing and it was cheap.

Road bike helmets are one-hit wonders. As soon as you crash, you have to get a new one because they lose their strength.

This is a kinda crazy situation. Helmets are quite expensive but only last once. anyone know of a well ventilated skate style reusable helmet?
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No. just fyi a rear brake does the exact same thing as skidding. also how the hell would you get flown over the bars if you lock up your rear wheel. Maybe you should stop trying so hard not to be a certain type of person and learn to do something because it can be practical sometimes. Skidding isn't a bad thing.
Maybe he meant having a rear and front brake? if that was the case, and you grabbed them both hard, you would go over the bars (personal experience speaking there from my MTB). If he meant only having a rear brake. Then he would be an idiot.
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Old 08-07-09, 10:25 AM
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>When I know I'm in a bicycle populated area (such as the beach) it's so obvious to walk along the sides as to not obstruct anyone and look left/right <

To me, when I'm in a people populated area (such as the beach) it's obvious I need to become a pedestrian, or ride my bike slow enough to avoid any potential encounters with pedestrians.
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Maybe he meant having a rear and front brake? if that was the case, and you grabbed them both hard, you would go over the bars (personal experience speaking there from my MTB). If he meant only having a rear brake. Then he would be an idiot.
He is talking about putting on both brakes. I'm just saying really that is useless because you are doing the same thing resisting the pedals as you would be by pulling the rear brake lever.
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Sorry I'm gonna have to go with better control with a back brake. I'm typically fair bit faster in traffic on my SS than my fixie bredren.
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Old 08-07-09, 10:55 AM
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Originally Posted by TRaffic Jammer View Post
Sorry I'm gonna have to go with better control with a back brake. I'm typically fair bit faster in traffic on my SS than my fixie bredren.
Second that. Also, it's easier to keep your weight back under hard front braking when you are not also trying to back pedal.
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I think that really has to do with preference. I mean aren't weren't you a BMX child? you can't really argue against a front brake stopping you faster though.
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