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9/17/06 12:34 P

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Yes, that is what we do. Sorry I wasn't too clear.

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9/17/06 12:30 P

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I hope you don't mind me interrupting your posting streak, Tanya. ;-)

Regarding taking up more road when cars are on the shoulder, I try to be very careful about that and I will start riding at the width (or wider) of the parked car(s) a couple hundred feet in advance so cars don't have to quickly adjust to me swinging out for the parked cars. The less thinking the car drivers have to do, the better. Tanya, your group may already do this, but I thought I'd be explicit with this in hopes of helping others as it's not as common of a practice as I think it should be.

Ride on! :-)

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9/17/06 11:49 A

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KIMI: I love your last posting. What a great sentiment. How many people do we see out there who don't really live life. How fortunate (and smart) we are that we have chosen to live life to the fullest... bumps and bruises included. --Tanya




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9/17/06 11:45 A

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OUCH, ANDY! Your crash with the car hitting your hip sounds terrifying. You were very, very lucky. Did you hang your helmet? My friend has his broken helmets hanging in his garage. My team and I "own the road" when we are faced with a parked car or a gravel shoulder, which means we move out into the lane a bit more when passing those. It seems to work like a charm. The only accidents we've had in recent years were run-in with each other or clipping out in time issues.




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emoticon OUCH! CRELLA: My body is still writhing just thinking about landing head first into a stump. Of course, now that I think about, I did land head first on the pavement. I had to get quite a few stitches and at the time I was on the local news quite regularly (not as exciting as it sounds). My friends got really into buying me every bandaid known to man. So, in every interview, I'm wearing a different bandaid. Gotta have fun! emoticon My worst accident though happened when I was just a teenager and when helmets really weren't readily accessible. I was riding to work and an old man saw me and his stop sign, panicked, stepped on his gas pedal instead of his brake, and plowed right over me. I managed to come out of it with only a severe concussion. The cops couldn't believe my leg wasn't shattered as my crank arm was bent through to the other side of the bike. I was very, very lucky. --Tanya




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9/16/06 8:20 P

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Not having crash stories is better than having them, IMO. Take your time and have fun. When you rush riding is likely when you'll find your crash story. Take it easy on those skies too. :-)

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9/16/06 5:42 P

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No wrecks for me yet, just too cautious I guess, I'm going to have to ramp it up to keep up w/ you all! I can relate to the velcro boot though, I had one all winter from a ski accident (did break my ankle there!) Maybe that's why I'm a little reluctant to fall again...

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9/15/06 1:51 P

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Since I am just a beginner I have had a few wrecks. The first was with a tree. A big pine tree.It wasn't too bad but my arm looked like a rat had tried to eat it! ON the same trail I hit my foot on a stump. Its in one of those sexy shoes that look like a sandal with the velcro stuff right now. No riding for me for a couple of weeks till I can walk on my foot again! emoticon

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Eh, it comes with the territory. If I wanted to be safe all the time, I would stay at home or in a padded cell. Then again, it is safe to sit on the couch and watch my a$$ widen and my cholesteral rise while my muscles atrophy into gumby-ness. I don't think so. I will happily take the bumps and bruises for livin' life to the fullest. What's a few broken bones and surgeries?!?!



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8/13/06 8:16 P

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Yep, I feel for ya KCERIDON, she's had a really hard time with it. She decided to do a veneer for her wedding, but wasn't happy with it the first time around. It was too dark for her teeth! She's never even had her teeth whitened so I guess that's a compliment ;) They did another one that looks better, but she can never go back to a cap since they had to drill her tooth down so far. Good luck on yours!!

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I agree, a little bit of ignorance, a dash of stupidity and a hint of over-reaching your abilities make for the better stories. I am all about safety gear though cause I know they save my a$$.

He Shellbear, I can relate to your sister. I have to have the front teeth plastered over every few years. Then, I know about having to get to the dentist every 6 months on the money cause the plaster stains much faster than my enamel. They still say the roots of my teeth may die someday and my teeth will turn black. Then I have to have implants. YUCK!

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8/13/06 5:21 P

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Hey SKORHEIM03,
Did I mention that I'm a bit crazy/stupid? Yeah... I am. Anyhoo... the stories are much better with a tad of ignorance thrown in. Yet another service I offer. I have been pretty good about staying upright... on the bike anyway.

So I reckon I should follow that info up with some evidence/story. Arguably my best mountain bike wreck was when I was younger, even more stupid, and was learning my limits on the downhill. I was going... well... too fast down a tight steep single track on my high-tech fully rigid mountain bike (it's been a while), and a wound up drifting/side sliding off the trail while coming out of a tight corner.

I recall hitting some bushes before I hit a downed tree trunk that promptly (but only momentarily) stopped my front wheel. I went over the front and then my bike followed me. I landed first, and then the bike as it's sawblades (a.k.a. chainrings) landed in my ankle. I tried really hard to swear, but my breath went somewhere else. I'm sure the impact hurt, but I don't remember it compared to those sawblades. We were close to the end of the ride and one of my fellow riders managed to find me within a few minutes. He helped me up, then back on the bike, and we rode back to the bike van - a very painful little stretch as I remember it.

The deeper cut was a bit over 1/2" deep though only one drop of blood came out. Those were my first stitches. The stitch scars (my kind of tattoo) still smile at me.

Shellbear, your crash sounds really nasty. I don't want to trade any of my wrecks for that one. Also a bummer - your crappy neighbor and the fact that you have a twin sister who is ALSO married. *sigh* ;-)

Ride on and keep the rubber side down. :-)
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8/13/06 4:19 P

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I have a couple of stories of my own!

My worst crash yet was in Cameron Park in Waco, TX. It's famous for it's steep climbs and fast descents, and has some of the best mountain biking in the area. I was on the road, though, since I don't do MTB ;) But the street has the same rolling hills and descents. I was riding with some friends early in the morning the day after a rain storm. There was still a little water on the road. On a descent, the guy in front of me hit a slippery patch and went down, and as I swerved to miss him managed to crash as well. I slid a good 20 ft down the hill on my elbows, knees and hip. The only thing that stopped me was a pile of leaves with a tree trunk underneath at the bottom of the hill. Yum. My knees looked like spaghetti and my shorts were torn but otherwise I felt ok. When I took my helmet off and saw that it had been broken in 8 different places, the guys decided not to let me try and ride home :-P I didn't end up having a concussion, but my helmet saved my life that day. I kept it for a while and showed my friends who though wearing helmets was silly.

Now a story from my sister. When we were 7 (yeah, twins!) she was riding her bike down our steep driveway. All of a sudden, our neighbor's obnoxious little dog ran out in front of her. She hit the brakes (and the dog) and went flying over the handlebars. She was crying when she came inside but went hysterical when she looked in the mirror: her front two teeth had been knocked out. Our dentist came into the office at 1 pm on a Saturday to fix her up, and although my dad tried to get the neighbor to pay for it since he was always leaving his dog out in violation of the leash law, the a$$hole wouldn't cover it. I hate that guy. She still struggles with getting those teeth just right: this past April she got married and had to have a veneer put on in hopes that it would look more natural for photographs. Did I mention I hate that irresponsible neighbor of ours?? :-P

I have a friend who's just now getting into cycling. Yesterday when I was out riding with her, we saw 2 guys eat it in a construction area. They were lucky there wasn't a car next to them! I told her "It happens to eveyone eventually, and usually it's nothing. But for god's sake, ALWAYS WEAR YOUR HELMET!!"

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8/13/06 3:19 P

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I feel like this wheel set is payback for my first road bike where I seemed to break a spoke every 100 miles or so. You definitly get what you pay for when it comes to bike components.

You know SkiGeek, It is a lot more fun to stay upright on your bike than rolling around on the pavement. But then, I guess the stories wouldn't be as good then would they?

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8/12/06 11:38 P

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12,000 miles on a wheelset, eh? Yup... definitely the dog's fault. ;-) That sounds like a pretty good wheelset! I reckon if I didn't bunny-hop road kill from time to time that my wheels would probably last longer, but it's so fun. (yeah... I've got a screw loose upstairs)

My crash memory of the day was the learning-pedal-clearance lesson. I went around an off-camber corner on my road bike and had come out of the turn by at least 10 deg, so I figured my pedals would have pedaling clearance, right? Nope... bounced off my inside pedal on the down-stroke and fell at about 15 mph. Merely a bit of road rash, but I've never had the desire to race in a criterium since. I've actually lost the desire to race altogether, but that took a lot longer to establish itself.

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8/12/06 11:07 P

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I think my wreck with that dog did more damage than I thought. I broke a spoke on my ride today. Maybe it was just time after around 12,000 miles on these wheels that something was bound to break.

I'm still gonna blame it on the dog though!

Edited by: SKORHEIM03 at: 8/12/2006 (23:07)
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Okay everyone, youíre freaking me out! I have never had a crash like you are describing. My 52 year old body cringes when I read your stories.

I have fallen once during a training ride. The guy in front of me was new to clipless and I took off too fast. You know what happened: I hit his back tire when he slowed to look down at his shoes and down I went. Iím glad I didnít take down anyone else since I was part of a group. I did bend one back fork of my steel frame bike, but the shop managed to bend it back in position.

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8/11/06 1:15 P

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My front teeth are mostly ceramic filler. I endo-ed on my mountain bike at the top of a look out. Naturally, pedalling with two guys that were way beyond my abilities. Lessons learned:

- Better to break a fall with your arm/helmet/shoulder or something other than your face.
- Take good drugs immediately after it happens rather than waiting to see if you can handle it.
- When it comes to teeth versus granite rock, rock wins.

By the way, this one happened right after a stop , going really slow. Not enough momentum to clear a ledge.

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8/11/06 12:33 P

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This is a great thread. Everyone likes to tell war stories and unlike other anecdotes, everyone likes to hear them as well.

My greatest crash was when I was about 12 years old. My father took my brother, myself and some friends on a bike trip that was supposed to run from Mt Mitchell (the highest point east of the mississipi) to Asheville, NC. I was riding a Raleigh 12 speed that weighed more than I did. About halfway down the mountain, I was rear ended by a guy on a Harley. I can still remember looking down between my legs and seeing his motorcycle slide under me as I sailed through the air. I came out of it with only scrapes and bruises, but the bike was mangled. Turns out, the guy was drunk and to show off for his girlfried, tried to pass me on the right. Those were the days before you could be arrested for drunk driving, so he got away with only a ticket (and a beat up Hog).

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I've never actually hit a dog, but I used to have a regular riding route that included a dog that lived at the top of a climb and looooved to ambush us out of it's front yard and run at the bikes like a 4 legged, furry kamikaze. It did get tangled up with my friend's bike once and sent him flying. We learned the best weapon was the water bottle. A few squirts in the face slowed him down.

As far as crashes, I've definitely had my share. The worst crashes (which make the best stories!) were bicycle v. car, and I haven't won one yet. My first run in with the beast was riding down a busy street in downtown Cincinnati. It was a large 4 lane road with plenty of room and I was riding in the right hand lane beside a row of parked cars.

I was just cruising along minding my own business when a car decided to pass me in my lane and ran it's front right fender into my hip. I was sent flying into the parked cars and my bike fell underneath the car. The next thing I can tell you for sure is that I was picking myself up off the ground with road rash up and down my right side and a helmet that was cracked in half. I'm sure the helmet saved my life that day.

The bike itself was fairly mangled, and I ended up finding the front wheel about 25 yards away on the other side of the road. As the final insult the driver never even stopped. Another person stopped and gave me what they thought was the license plate number, but unfortunately it was either wrong or the police didn't care enough to bother after I called it in.

I'll have more stories for another day.

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Ahhh. . . the dog story. In high school I was flying down my neighborhood street on my old school ten speed. Apparently a neighbor's doberman thought I was an imminent threat and decided to go after me. He caught up and latched onto my leg like it was a bumper. There I am rolling down the street, screaming with a dog attached to my leg. He chased me all the way home (about another block). I didn't crash, but he managed to leave a hole in my leg where his canine tooth sunk in. I still have the scar today. It was lucky the owners finally found his rabies tag because they were prepping me for the 18 stomach shots at the hospital. YUCK.


I got to get to work, but I will tell stories of hitting cars in Boston, hitting granite in the hills and general great crashes on my mountain bike. I push past my skill level too far sometimes. I walk away from them all and am getting more cautious in my old age.

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Iíve only wrecked once on my road bikeÖ knock on wood. I hit a rather large patch of gravel, and just stopped, couldnít get my feet out of the straps fast enough to catch myself. Actually if I remember right, I wasnít able to get them out at all!!

As far as my mountain bike goes, wrecking is part of the fun. The worst Iíve had so far was in the middle of a race, came up a hill between two trees and caught a root with my front tire. It sent me into a front flip (hitting my face on another root) and my bike right behind me. I have a picture on my sparkpage of the trophy!! I did get up and finish the race, and never grew tired of the ewís and ohís that the race volunteers had for me as I went by them!!

I was told when I made my first bike purchase that wasnít going to be IF I fell, it was going to be WHEN I fell. I think that made falling/wrecking a wee bit easier.


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If it was a friendly dog, than I'm glad to hear that your both okay, otherwise I'm just glad to hear that you're okay. I haven't actually made contact with a dog until this year, but have has some serious scares, especially with some of the vicious dogs on the indian reservation around my area.

The first dog I hit this year was a BIG black lab looking for blood. I was with a pack of five and was in the back. It was a little disoriented after 'missing' the first four riders and turned square into my bike frame (my Trek Y-foil... big frame), where immediately after I clocked it across the neck and upper torso with my knee and shin. I love dogs... the nice ones, but this happened in the middle of a small town near a church on Sunday with no owner in sight or ear shot appreantly since we were screaming at the dog. If I would have had a gun... At any rate, I stayed on my bike and I expect that the dog was fine and it will hopefully think twice before attacking people again, but I doubt it. The second dog I hit this year was smaller, got similarly disoriented, was friendly and wanting to play, and I didn't hit it nearly as hard... just a tap, and we were both fine.

As far as wrecks go, I've had a few doozies. Nothing broken yet, but two chain ring instances (they're really a big saw blade - BEWARE), both requiring stitches, and a simple endo when prematurely slipping out of some clipless peddles in a quick out-of-the-saddle push on a test ride (bring your own peddles!) on to a freshly chip-sealed road (grater). That elbow took four years to stop scabbing. There have been a few on the mountain bike too, but I've managed to miss the trees so far and the dirt hasn't been too mean to me.

Okay... I reckon I've blabbed enough for this post, eh? Who's broken their collar bone? (the most common cycling bone breakage) Hopefully no body in this group, but battle stories are fun... once they're over with and healed.

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Had my first real crash today. I was just starting out so I was going only about 14mph when a big ol' dog ran out in front of me. I hit him square and went flying. I expected to be cut and bleeding but somehow only had a little scrape on my elbow. Had to put my chain back on and adjust the brakes, then back to the road.

A couple of years ago I had a close call with a cow running across the road. I was able to stop in time to not hit it. Can't imagine what would have happened if I hit the cow like I hit the dog today. I don't think I would have been as lucky.

P.S. The dog is ok also.

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