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Crash numero uno ... damaged ego ...(13 posts)

Crash numero uno ... damaged ego ...Bosephus
May 14, 2001 11:15 AM
Well, this weekend I had crash numero uno for the year. Nothing broken bike or body. Just a sore but and ego.

I'm coming into this fairly busy 4 way intersection. One each direction. I'm on the brakes slowing down from about 21 to 15 or so and there are no cars in my lane. The light turns green for me so I start pedaling again but I'm still covering the brakes just in case ... good thing. This guy in a beat up Contour comes flying up behind me and just as I enter the intersection he turns to the right directly in front of me. I throw the bike sort of sideways, click out of my pedals and sort of jump/roll on top of his hood. I did a somersault right over the top of the hood and land on my feat on the other side in the middle of the road.

No problem right ... landed on my feat ... nice going. Not so fast, Sidi's with Campy cleats aren't exactly the most ideal footwear for asphalt gymnastics. When they hit the pavement at 15 mph or so they tend to slide a wee bit... actually it's more like landing a piece of teflon with biutter slabs on your feet. My feet slide out from under me and I land right on my @ss. Ouch!! tailbone!!

So the guy stops about 5 feet away rolls down his window and leans out his window and says "you ok"

To which I reply in a bit of a shaky voice "uh, I think so" (pride aside for the moment). He promptly steps on the gas and speeds off with out another word leaving me sitting there in the middle of the intersection wondering what the hell just happened with several perplexed drivers pulling up to the light wondering what the hell this idiot in spandex is doing sitting in the middle of the intersection.

I sort of pat myself down to see if all my limbas and various parts were still there and gracefully stood up and limped my bruised buttocks over to my bike which miraculously made it through the ordeal with a scuffed section of bartape, that doesn't even need to be replaced.

Needless to say it was a tender and slow ride home from there ...
License plate number?Gadfly
May 14, 2001 11:27 AM
Glad you're okay. That driver should be reported for leaving the scene of an accident.
License plate number?Bosephus
May 14, 2001 1:29 PM
I thought of that afterward. Unfortunately, at the time all I was thinking about was whether or not A. My bike was OK. and B. I was still in one piece.

... And yes in that order.

All the way home I thought of all the things I should have done but didn't. I hope I see him again sometime, like in a parking lot or something. I'd like to tell him off. He was a little weasel of a guy that couldn't have been more than 20 years old.

Oh well ... live and learn.
Same thing happened to me on Thanksgiving morningSteve Davis
May 14, 2001 11:45 AM
Several years ago I ran into a car in the same exact manner. It passed me and immediately turned right into a local 7-11 store. I too went over the hood and landed in front of the car doing the skid thing on my road shoes.

The driver of the car was a 16 year old who asked if I was okay because she was late for work (clerk at the store) and needed to punch in right away. She actually left the scene to hit the time clock and then came back outside.

I fared a bit worse than you. Spent several hours in the ER getting my knee checked out, then several days on crutches. Kind of screwed up Thanksgiving plans that year.

Keep safe out there.
May 14, 2001 1:21 PM
that sucks ... I guess I should count my blessings on this one. I'm just a little stiff.
re: Crash numero uno ... damaged ego ...MrCelloBoy
May 14, 2001 1:31 PM
It's easy to say as I've never been in the situation, but I think in that case one should respond "No, I'm NOT O.K.!" I agree with the other caller that you should've gotten a license # and reported the accident. After all you may suffer delayed injuries. It's hard sometimes when we're not badly injured to resist jumping up and being O.K. I think it's pretty basic human reaction.
The Right turn phenomenon is really amazing. I escaped up a driveway as a woman did that to me once. I rode up to her window and asked whether she had any idea what she'd done. I think people just majorly misjudge the speed of bicycles and think they're way ahead.
I don't understand motorists...Becky
May 14, 2001 1:54 PM
Just yesterday, I had a woman try to pass me on the right in an intersection where there was clearly not enough room for both of us and where we (my fiance and I) had clearly taken the lane as we waited at a stoplight. Her only comment to me was "You nearly hit my car!" My only thought was "You nearly hit ME!" Go figure...
re: Also had Crash #1 w/ damaged ego, knee and elbowpulver
May 14, 2001 2:04 PM
I went down on a downhill switchback 50 miles into a Century Ride (Crusin the Conejo - Thousand Oaks, CA). I was purposely taking it slower on a count of the misty (marine layer) in the air on what is known as Decker Canyon Road (I've been down it a hundred times before!). I took it wide on a switchback turn and a rider came through passing me too close on my left. I looked over and braked at the same time (big mistake) and the bike took off from me. I wasn't going fast (maybe 12 or 15mph) but I went down and took the brunt of the fall. Rode home washed the wounds clean but noticed I had two deep cuts on the elbow and knee. Landed up I needed stitches on the point of my elbow and also on my knee cap. Wasn't too sore or stiff on Saturday but on Sunday was horribly stiff. In the Emergency Rm there were 4 other riders from the same ride and I was clearly not the worst of the group.

It had been over two years of serious riding (between 100-250 per week depending on weather, scheduled rides, etc) so I guess it was my time to go down. I was bitterly pissed off at myself for not reacting differently but the conditions were such that it was very possible to happen.

I hope to be back on the bike later in the week and have the stitches out over the coming weekend.
Tandems have a bigger "force field"MrCelloBoy
May 14, 2001 3:36 PM
I've NEVER had any motorist try any of these moves when I'm on our tandem. I think it's more obvious that I'll scratch their paint!
I also think the "novelty" factor of tandems makes tham a bit more visible.
A couple we know on a tandem were cut off by a motorist and they subsequently broke the car's door off its hinges.
You're kidding, right?TypeOne
May 14, 2001 4:02 PM
Maybe the size and novelty of a tandem does make them more visible, and (generally) they are not going at a speed higher than most drivers estimate, so your point about safety sounds plausible to me.
But how did two cyclists manage to snap a car door off? How did the two on the bike fare after being doored?
Incredible tale--I imagine your friends and their bike got pretty dinged up, but I admire them for saying, "You shoulda seen the other guy!"
You're kidding, right?MrCelloBoy
May 14, 2001 4:32 PM
Well, they bent it back on its hinge real good anyway...
Their stoker bars were pretty bent up. I think the door got opened as the bike was passing.
re: Crash numero uno ... damaged ego ...floortiger
May 14, 2001 4:03 PM
I am still waiting for another bad crash (knock on wood) I have taken a few tumbles at lights,etc. It's been years since I got forced into a gravel shoulder and went down hard. Saturday, while on a 40 mile training ride, some wise guys in a big pickup tossed a firecracker that went off right near my ear! I had a chance to catch them and get a licence plate number since traffic was slowing, but I was at the end of my ride and didn't have the legs to sprint, plus my ear was ringing like mad.

Springtime in Texas!
Revenge fantasiesMrCelloBoy
May 14, 2001 4:37 PM
I've always had a fantasy of having a ray that would disable the electrical system of a passing (offending) driver. Thereby reducing them to mere mortals rather than motorized robo-warriors. Then all i'd need is a few Bruce Lee moves. HWAaaaaa! Snap! Crackle! OOuohhhhHHH! Hwaaa!