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Old 08-05-23, 04:09 PM
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Bicycle Wipeout Story

Cheyenne, Wyoming

Thanks to everyone who helped me after my bicycle wreck

  • Letter from James R. "Chip" Jones | Cheyenne
  • 11 hrs ago
Editor's note: An exception to the 350-word limit has been made for the following letter.

My name is James R. Jones (Chip). I'm 65 and disabled. I've lived in Cheyenne on House Avenue for 14 years. On June 19, after noon, I took my bike to the post office.

I live on the other side of the Warren Avenue railroad overpass, off East 10th Avenue. I pushed my bicycle up the overpass sidewalk, and when I reached the top, I got on my bike to coast down. I started going really fast. I put on the brakes, but I had no brakes....
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Quite an article. Author's mention to wear a helmet isn't entirely off-base, but more useful than the pads they recommend one might consider riding the bike a bit in ordinary circumstances to verify everything still works, before doing something extreme like pushing it to the top of a hill and coasting down.

I guess in addition the every ride ending with a climb that could be an argument for not buying a house on top of a hill.
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I have questions about the apparently very unsafe electrical cord at home too. Good reminder to check brakes regularly though before riding.
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Did he become disabled do to accident, or it was a precondition?
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meh, don't take, care of your bike and the result is often interesting.
glad you decided to not ride any more.
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BITD (way back) when I used to lead trips for an organization, we taught the "2 minute bike check" which we encouraged doing EVERY time we started out. There are multiple versions of this, but it including a quick bounce to listen for the rattle of loose items, checking that rear racks were secure (loose racks were a significant cause of accidents) checking brakes, tire pressure, handlebar tightness, etc. Most experienced riders abbreviated this and got it down to a few seconds.

50+ years later I still do a test stop (or slow) within the first 50' of every ride. I don't believe it ever "saved my life", however it has caught an open brake release a few times. IMO if you do nothing else, a second or so is a cheap price for the confidence it offers.
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