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Bike crash & witnesses laugh.(20 posts)

Bike crash & witnesses laugh.steeve
Aug 9, 2001 4:54 AM
While I was riding in an urban area in front (10 feet or so)of a bus stop with several adults, I took a very tight corner and my inside pedal scraped the pavement. I was only going about 10mph but I felland my bike and I went flying. I got up, picked up my bike and saw all the people were laughing at me. I was not hurt that badly, but they could easily see the big road rash and blood on my leg and arm. I was fairly surprised that grown adults would laugh at one's misfortune.

Has anyone else experienced this? Comments?
re: Bike crash & witnesses laugh.Mike Garrett
Aug 9, 2001 5:01 AM
Because, Steeve, most people are imbeciles.

I was lucky, when I collided with that Civic everyone was very concerned. Of course I hit it broadside at 20 mph and flew around like a rag doll.
re: Bike crash & witnesses laugh.HA
Aug 9, 2001 5:13 AM
It probably looked funny, you obviously weren't hurt, and it was a dopey move... I probably would have laughed, too.
re: Bike crash & witnesses laugh.Aristotle
Aug 9, 2001 5:32 AM
I used to laugh all the time when my friends crashed...

...when I was 12.
been thereterry b
Aug 9, 2001 6:09 AM
I went down once due in part to a car that was following me closely and their unwillingness to pass. I kept moving over and finally hit a divot in the edge of the road and went down. They drove away, but as I was getting up, bloody and with (unknown at that point) broken ribs, an older gentleman pulled up in his car and roundly laughing, told me what a funny stunt that was. I asked him quite bluntly, "what the f*&k is your problem." He looked quite hurt as he quickly rolled up his window and drove away.
Prevent a Repeat!!!!jtolleson
Aug 9, 2001 6:13 AM
When you take a corner, your outside pedal should be down, not the inside pedal. That'll help a repeat.

Sorry about the observer's laughter. I found it weird enough during a crash I had that people would drive or walk by like I was invisible, but laughing? sheesh!
"adults" are more like children nowadayskenyee
Aug 9, 2001 6:24 AM
Wait until you see what today's children are like in 10 yrs...they'll probably take your bike when you're down.

Hope you're ok.
How many times do you see any city folk caring about others? I live in the city and people look at me funny when I see them fall on snow/ice and ask if they're ok...
people tend to laugh at other's misfortuneUW Mitch
Aug 9, 2001 7:52 AM
The other day I was riding and hit a flat. It tore my tire a little, but I applied a patch and hoped I'd be okay to get home. About 200 yards later I hit another flat (same tire). Two guys riding by just laughed at me and kept riding. Get off and walk time...but at least I wasn't hurt.

Hope you're doing okay.

ever been to a criterium?Hank
Aug 9, 2001 7:56 AM
people crowd the corners most likely to have the biggest crashes. People like it. They laugh. And a lot of people think anyone on a bike is funny to begin with -- crashing just makes them more funny.
eek!Duane Gran
Aug 9, 2001 10:20 AM
Damn... now I'll feel self conscious as I rip (well, actually saunter) through corners. All along I thought people just enjoyed the technical acheivement of cornering in elbow-to-elbow conditions. I've heard that some people attend car races for the crashes. That is probably true of the monster truck ralley (not that I've been there) but the optimistic side of me hopes that people watch at the turns because they appreciate the technical capability of the riders. Personally I hate to see crashes. It reminds me of the danger I accept when racing and riding.
re: Bike crash & witnesses laugh.DaveG
Aug 9, 2001 8:14 AM
An unfortunate incident; hope you are OK. If you are the vindiictive type one option would have been to fling some of that blood in their direction and then tell them you are HIV positive - that should stop the laughing pretty fast.

On a more positive note I had a breakdown last week and I had two people actually stop and offer assistance. One women even pulled a U-turn just to help me out, so there's still some glimmer of hope.
re: Bike crash & witnesses laugh.peloton
Aug 9, 2001 8:36 AM
Fling blood on them and tell them you are HIV positive? NOT a good idea. Aside from not being funny, it also makes you just as rude as them (worse really), and it would be the sort of thing that would get your @ss kicked. I know if I were at a bus stop and someone pulled that stunt and got blood on a loved one of mine and said that, it would be just enough to make me snap. Just food for thought. I'd probably have a good self defence argument too- protecting those at the bus stop from an HIV blood flinging madman.

Two wrongs don't make a right. People are horrible sometime, and shouldn't laugh at another's misfortune (crash!). Don't stoop below their level with a stunt like that though.
relax, I wasn't seriousDaveG
Aug 9, 2001 8:50 AM
Just a joke, peloton. No cause for alarm. Perhaps a haiku is required to ease the tension... The appropriate action here is to let out a big "Woo-Hoo" as if not only did you intend to crash, but you enjoyed it.
relax, I wasn't seriouspeloton
Aug 9, 2001 9:01 AM
I crash, people laugh
Fake infected blood not good
Getting @ss beat bad

Sorry if I took your joke too seriously. You can really picture someone trying that stunt though with some of the morons out there though. I guess our 'me-centric' society has been getting to me lately.
relax, I wasn't seriousashleyrenfroe
Aug 9, 2001 9:15 AM
May I jump on this bandwagon as well? Talking about rude-a$$ people, I live in Charlotte, NC, where most of the people are not actually from there. But, they seem to think that b/c they don't know many people, that they can cut you off, yell, step in front of you in line, ride your a$$ through traffic, and just generally be a menace.

In guess I am making a generalization about people as a whole. But I guess all of these people from other third world countries are so used to having a billion people in 1000 square miles that nothing phases them.

It sucks, but we maybe need to take the initiative on ourselves to show these morons how you are SUPPOSED to act in a "civilization".
Blame it on TVMisJG
Aug 9, 2001 9:24 AM
America's Stupidest Home Videos has made it acceptable to laugh at the misfortunes of others. Most of those people were prob'ly upset that they didn't catch it on film for the potential $$$. It doesn't pay to react to a*holes. Just ignore them, get up and ride away (if you can).
Blame it on TVJohn Daley
Aug 9, 2001 10:51 AM
you forget, Candid Camera was around way before
Jackassmike mcmahon
Aug 9, 2001 10:57 AM
I'm almost ashamed to admit that "Jackass" on MTV has become my one guilty pleasure. My wife and I laugh until it hurts every Sunday night. However, the boys from Jackass know exactly what they're getting into and accept the risk of serious bodily injury. I can't imagine laughing at someone who has an accident on the street, even if it looks like something straight out of Jackass. I hope you're feeling allright.
I'm Johnny Knoxville, and this is a poo cocktail... LOL (nm)RhodyRider
Aug 9, 2001 11:14 AM
I'm Johnny Knoxville, and this is Nutball (nm)mike mcmahon
Aug 9, 2001 11:30 AM