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The "It'll never happen to me" happened to me

Old 01-14-20, 05:41 AM
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The "It'll never happen to me" happened to me

One of the first things I heard when I decided to get a bike was "it's not IF you're going to fall, it's WHEN". Well, after one year a few thousand miles, it happened.

Just want to start off by saying the entire incident was my fault, there is no one else to blame. I ATGATT, I do my inspection checklist when I ride, I practice my maneuvers in parking lots every once in awhile, but you can still slip up.

I decided to go for a ride yesterday because it was above 40F. I made it one block from my house and was waiting at a stop sign to turn left. There are a lot of blind turns in my neighborhood, and as I was inching forward, I thought I was clear. Then, I see a car pop out from behind a row of parked cars (the car didn't have a stop sign). I had already turned by handlebars for the turn so when I used my front brake, the front tire slid out and I was down. Luckily I stopped short of the intersection so the car didn't hit me.
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Old 01-14-20, 05:50 AM
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Old 01-14-20, 07:17 AM
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Sounds like a conversation I'd be having on my Ducati forum.
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Old 01-14-20, 07:50 AM
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Glad the car didn't hit you! And now that you've gotten it over with, hopefully won't happen again! .
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Old 01-14-20, 07:54 AM
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As it's been said, there are two types of cyclists:
1. Those who will fall
2. Those who have fallen
Congratulations! You're now in both groups!
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Old 01-14-20, 08:16 AM
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Low speed, no harm done; now you're ready for the big time!
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Old 01-14-20, 10:35 AM
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we've been waiting for you to join our fallen club. thank your cat-like reflexes for saving your butt from getting flattened but did you fall to the left or right? we have a casual count going ...
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Old 01-14-20, 11:05 AM
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That'll never happen to me!
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Old 01-14-20, 12:50 PM
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I've crashed 10 times and broken 7 helmets. Hit by cars twice. I left cycling in 2010 and came back to it in mid 2018. 5500 miles since then and no crashes or flats yet.
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Old 01-14-20, 12:54 PM
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I've crashed 10 times and broken 7 helmets. Hit by cars twice. I left cycling in 2010 and came back to it in mid 2018. 5500 miles since then and no crashes or flats yet.
RIP DaveSSS, who failed to knock on wood...
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Old 01-14-20, 01:00 PM
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Break anything? I was told I'm now a "real cyclist" because I broke my collarbone in a crash. The bike is fine.

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Old 01-14-20, 01:44 PM
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Good job crashing on the non-drive side.
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Old 01-14-20, 01:55 PM
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As said above basically, if you're not falling, you're not riding...
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Old 01-14-20, 06:47 PM
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Its grass or mud and maybe a few rocks, but I crash every other cross practice or race. I ate it in front of the kids after a late dismount for my homemade barrier. Laughed at myself and kept at it.
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Old 01-14-20, 07:14 PM
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I've crashed enough, both road and mountain, to know it's one of my less favorite aspects of cycling.
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Old 01-14-20, 10:47 PM
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why is it, on those infrequent occasions where i do crash, i'm guaranteed to be wearing my favorite jersey that is no longer available
when scouring the interwebz?
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Old 01-15-20, 03:35 AM
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I have fallen/crashed a few times in my cycling tenure and still cycle regularly. The last crash was most serious where I actually ended up in the hospital for a day. The worst part was waiting 12 weeks to let the orbital/facial bones heel and my left hand metacarpal bone . It felt so good after waiting , to get back on my bike. I don’t take unnecessary chances or anything too daring , but sometimes stuff happens, it’s just part of the equation.
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Old 01-15-20, 04:57 AM
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Like cb400bill said, welcome to the club.

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Old 01-15-20, 11:19 AM
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If you enjoyed that, let me recommend getting a cross bike and racing your local CX series next fall. If you're like me, you'll crash in ways you couldn't have imagined riding on the road.
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Old 01-15-20, 11:27 AM
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why is it, on those infrequent occasions where i do crash, i'm guaranteed to be wearing my favorite jersey that is no longer available
when scouring the interwebz?
Murphy's Law. I don't buy $30 gloves. I buy $12 gloves. They tempt Murphy far less. Shave my legs for the same reason.

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