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6/10/09 9:11 P

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Glad to know you were doing well after the fall, and plan to get right back at it!

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6/10/09 2:24 P

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Thank you so much everyone. I really appreciate you help.
I was fine after the fall. I went to the park and ran the next day. Will be riding 20 miles in the Strawberry Festival Bike Tour in London, Ohio Saturday.

Thanks again.

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6/9/09 3:09 P

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I can't add anything new, just that I have some tracks like that too, and they always make me nervous. 90 degrees!

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6/9/09 1:31 P

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We have 2 sets of tracks we cross sometimes and thankfully they are both crossing the road perpendicularly. We do make a concerted effort to cross at 90 degrees. Sorry you took a fall! That is always so hard on the ego and the body. Hope all is well and that you recover quickly and are back on the bike soon!

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6/9/09 12:22 P

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90 degrees is definitely the safest.

If you are in a situation where you can't avoid riding over a diagonal rut you can sometimes lift your front wheel up; you still have to get your rear wheel over it without crashing but this is much easier than the front.

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6/9/09 12:17 P

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Well, I see I'm not the only one who has been on "the wrong side of the tracks". I got my skinny Fuji tire sucked into a crazy-angled track just once, almost 25 years ago, and I can still remember the feeling of the tire slipping into that big ol' groove -- not to mention the feeling of falling onto that rough road ;-) Now, I am an absdolute freak about crossing railroad tracks, or anything remotely like them, and will go at 90 degrees or walk across, no matter what.
Good luck with road rash recovery!

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6/9/09 11:39 A

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Glad you are relatively uninjured. We always cross at 90 degrees, even if we have to zig zag across the lane.

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6/9/09 11:11 A

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ROOKIERIDER:
Glad to hear that you're OK! For railroad tracks, definitely 90 degrees - as you've discovered they are great places to suck tires into. If they're at a wierd angle to the road, shoulder check and move out soon enough before you get to them. Ease over them, don't pedal and get your weight off the bike.

If you're not at 90, walking is probably your best option. I've bunnyhopped over them before but if you can't do that, get off and walk.

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I cross them at 90 degrees. If they look too rough, I dismount and walk the bike, I have a wheelset on the road bike that cost a small fortune, and I worry about trashing them. Glad you didn't get beat up too badly.

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6/9/09 10:35 A

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Glad you are okay ! I go extremly slow and if the angle is like you say I cross the angle going againt it.
Every saturday i go I have to cross a similar set of tracks and I have always been nervous about getting my bike tires going into the tracks and spilling.
I now cross angle them slowly.



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6/9/09 10:35 A

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always cross at 90 degrees. sometimes if the angle is awkward and there's traffic, get off and walk it!
hope you're injury free from the fall.


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6/9/09 10:26 A

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I had a bad spill Friday while crossing a set of railroad tracks. These tracks cross the road at an angle so normally I ride to the middle of the road (when there is no traffic coming) and cross the tracks head on. Friday I just decided to cross them like I was driving my car across them. My bike got into a fight with the tracks and I went over the handlebars. I'm fine. Just some road rash and bruises. Thank goodness for helmets.
How should you cross tracks that cross the road at an angle?

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