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Old 03-03-08, 08:02 AM
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Crash Curse Be Gone!

So far this year, this is what I have:

Those who have crashed:

Jpconrad
Merider1
dddave
Keith Brodsky
Thomson
Grasshopper
(am I missing anyone?)

Honorable mentions who crashed last year and pretty significantly:

Awiner
Big John
UMD
Indolent (okay, he put his hand in his wheel - but it counts!)
Vireo

I'm superstitious and believe that someone has put a curse on us. I say throw salt over your shoulder before evey ride, people, and carry a crucifix and holy water....or put some garlic around your neck...something!

I'm going to do some chants today and light some candles (or turn on a flashlight and flick it a few times since I'll be at work and they don't like that whole open flame thing) in an attempt to rid the curse.


Everyone, please, be careful out there.
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Old 03-03-08, 08:22 AM
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Eh, I don't really belong on that list. I was pushing the bike, so I feel bad calling it a crash. But seriously, yo, How's about yall let me be the last one??
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Old 03-03-08, 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by gr@sshopper
Eh, I don't really belong on that list. I was pushing the bike, so I feel bad calling it a crash. But seriously, yo, How's about yall let me be the last one??
You were "hiking a bike" and that most certainly counts. But I second the notion that you be the last one!
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Old 03-03-08, 08:27 AM
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Originally Posted by big john
Thomson?
Yes.

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Old 03-03-08, 10:45 AM
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...a few more off the top of my head who crashed or got hit by a car...Jen Klausner, Slackar, Cole, Jeronimo, Yogi from Stans (and a few others from there...they have noticed a rash of crashes, many more than usual also) Nelson, Tiffany, Mike...

People from out of these circles but discussed...Brian Fu, Matthew Mager, Jason MacIntyre
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You've just jinxed the rest of us...



I've had my share of falls so i think i'm good.
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I asked a few SFVBC old-timers, and they all felt (albeit anecdotally) that 2007 was the worst year ever for crashes in the club. There are at least three of them that are still off the bike. Here's hoping that 2008 brings the average back down.
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An FYI, I talked with Ken Mecurio last week on the 3 month anniversary of his accident. He is the guy whose fork blades just sheered off when he was going about 30mph. He had some broken cervical vertebrae. Anyway, he is off his braces. He has been riding a stationary recumbent for a while and now has switched to his DF bike on a trainer. He expects to be back on the road in August. The best part is his spirits were great!!
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Old 03-03-08, 11:19 AM
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Originally Posted by thomson
An FYI, I talked with Ken Mecurio last week on the 3 month anniversary of his accident. He is the guy whose fork blades just sheered off when he was going about 30mph. He had some broken cervical vertebrae. Anyway, he is off his braces. He has been riding a stationary recumbent for a while and now has switched to his DF bike on a trainer. He expects to be back on the road in August. The best part is his spirits were great!!
Him and the other gentelman (Eric?) who hurt his face quite badly. They both took it hard. It's good to hear Ken is healing. And the other gentleman? Update on him?
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Originally Posted by merider1
Him and the other gentelman (Eric?) who hurt his face quite badly. They both took it hard. It's good to hear Ken is healing. And the other gentleman? Update on him?
If you're asking about SFVBC member Eric, who crashed near the Rock Store last July, he is not riding. He sustained nerve damage and is still having trouble seeing out of his left eye.

As a SFVBC member since 1989, it does seem like there are a lot more crashes this last year, or so, but that could be partly because of the internet and the access to more information.
This is a very dangerous thing we do, and there have been bad crashes ever since I have been aware of riding. I don't think it's some sort of curse, if anything it might be related to more people pushing themselves to ride more and faster. Sometimes it gets to the point that I want to quit, or at least stay away from road riding for a while.
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Old 03-03-08, 11:35 AM
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Originally Posted by big john
If you're asking about SFVBC member Eric, who crashed near the Rock Store last July, he is not riding. He sustained nerve damage and is still having trouble seeing out of his left eye.
Sometimes it gets to the point that I want to quit, or at least stay away from road riding for a while.
Sorry to hear that, and I hope his eye heals 100%. As for the road riding, please don't quit John. I just think we all need to be aware.

I'm obviously joking with the whole "curse" thing, but it does seem like a lot of injuries of late. I do agree though, that with this forum, we have access to more riders and information about them than if we were not all on here.
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Originally Posted by big john
If you're asking about SFVBC member Eric, who crashed near the Rock Store last July, he is not riding. He sustained nerve damage and is still having trouble seeing out of his left eye.

As a SFVBC member since 1989, it does seem like there are a lot more crashes this last year, or so, but that could be partly because of the internet and the access to more information.
This is a very dangerous thing we do, and there have been bad crashes ever since I have been aware of riding. I don't think it's some sort of curse, if anything it might be related to more people pushing themselves to ride more and faster. Sometimes it gets to the point that I want to quit, or at least stay away from road riding for a while.
Then again, John, every time I have been riding with you, you are always smiling!!
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I wonder what percentage of these recent crashes were caused by
mechanical failures?

Certainly the sheared fork is one.

Any data on others precipitated by collapsed wheels, forks, stems, hbars, seat posts
or worst off all, frames?
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Old 03-03-08, 11:49 AM
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don't forget your boyfriend. he seems to crash all the time.. haha your a perfect match..
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Originally Posted by Socalcycling
don't forget your boyfriend. he seems to crash all the time.. haha your a perfect match..
Who's boyfriend?
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Originally Posted by Cassave
I wonder what percentage of these recent crashes were caused by
mechanical failures?

Certainly the sheared fork is one.

Any data on others precipitated by collapsed wheels, forks, stems, hbars, seat posts
or worst off all, frames?
Mine was user error. Sand in road on turn. Eyes did not see. Tires did.
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Originally Posted by Cassave
I wonder what percentage of these recent crashes were caused by
mechanical failures?

Certainly the sheared fork is one.

Any data on others precipitated by collapsed wheels, forks, stems, hbars, seat posts
or worst off all, frames?
My worst crash (1988) was on the bike path when my front wheel collapsed, after I was bumped by a rider behind me.
I have crashed twice after pedals have snapped off, both times at low speed. The other time a pedal snapped, I didn't fall.
I think most crashes on bikes, as well as in cars, are the result of pilot error.
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the first rule of crashing is you don't talk about crashing.
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2006 was painful. Six crashes, all significant (painfully) and twice in the ER.

My wife said "Enough! No more crashes!" So I was good all of 2007, and so far in 2008. Will try to keep my "upright" trend going.

Yes, I ride more conservatively. I only draft those I know, and I trust, and I don't hammer down the descents like I used to. So far so good!

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Well I don't know any of the folk personally, but I've certainly had my share of car-tag sessions. 2k7 was a horrid year for just about everything, but I hope everyone is okay and the new year gets safer.
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Anyone know if there's a bike handling skills clinic? I think I need to learn some skillz.
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BTW, you can add me to the 2007; it wasn't a big one, but from that crash in Dec. I am riding slower (especially down hills) and alot less. Well, to top it I was sick for like a month too.
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Originally Posted by merider1
So far this year, this is what I have:

Those who have crashed:

Jpconrad
Merider1
dddave
Keith Brodsky
Thomson
Grasshopper
(am I missing anyone?)

Honorable mentions who crashed last year and pretty significantly:

Awiner
Big John
UMD
Indolent (okay, he put his hand in his wheel - but it counts!)
Vireo

I'm superstitious and believe that someone has put a curse on us. I say throw salt over your shoulder before evey ride, people, and carry a crucifix and holy water....or put some garlic around your neck...something!

I'm going to do some chants today and light some candles (or turn on a flashlight and flick it a few times since I'll be at work and they don't like that whole open flame thing) in an attempt to rid the curse.


Everyone, please, be careful out there.
i crashed 3 times last year

this sport isnt for wusses

its for alphas to win

i drop noobs
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Well I had mine earlier in January and coincidently I feel a lot more confident on the bike now that I have in a long time. Im not really sure why that is, but in packs I do feel a lot more comfortable, the same on downhills. Must have been my crash for the year and now im over it.
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