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What's the most insane thing you've ever done on a bike?(42 posts)

What's the most insane thing you've ever done on a bike?Kristin
Sep 25, 2001 1:53 PM
This board is way too serious. Time to lighten up!

My history is kinda short so this is wrought more from stupidity than insanity. Last year, I decided to take the Trek720 off road. It objected considerably to being a mountain bike. I coaxed it through 4 inches of mud, but the Trek would have non of that. I wresled it to the ground three times and finally accepted defeat. That's when I discovered the miquito nest. I ran one mile with that 28lb wimp on my back. On the way home (sufficiently muddy), I did a shoulder check and ran straight into a curb in front of an AidsRide training group.
It was a cold and post-rainy day...MrCelloBoy
Sep 25, 2001 2:28 PM
In Annadel State Park. I was riding with my sweetie and tried to jet through a big puddle which I couldn't see the bottom of, though I thought I knew the spot well enough to judge.
Halfway through my front tire stopped cold in mud and I vaulted over the bars (somehow unclipped in the process), landing on the other dry side of the puddle without getting one foot wet! The bike was still standing up by itself in the middle.
Coast. (nm)Allen az
Sep 25, 2001 2:58 PM
Brake. (nm)ChrisVedral
Sep 25, 2001 4:31 PM
Crash. (nm)grzy
Sep 26, 2001 9:02 AM
jumped my little brotherDog
Sep 25, 2001 3:10 PM
When I was about 10, and my brother 8, we lived at the top of a large hill with a gravel road.

Bored one summer day, we decided to set up a ramp. No working up to it, either, start big (for us at the time).

So, with a piece of plywood and some bricks, we set up a foot high ramp, and my brother lay on the other side of it.

I got back around 50 feet, and pedaled my 5 speed banana seat, stick shift, fat rear slick tired bike like mad.

I hit the ramp, and it collapsed. I ran over my brother, and tumbled and slid for what seem like 100 feet down the gravel road.

I had a horrendous case of road rash (still have the scars), picking gravel out of my skin for a week. My brother got the wind knocked out of him, and he thought he was going to die for about a minute.

Our Mom was mad at us, but figured we applied our own punishment.

We laughed later.

I try to avoid that sort of thing now.

Ghost Ride off a Piergrzy
Sep 25, 2001 3:22 PM
We used to steal each others bikes from a club when I was a kid and "ghost ride" (i.e. jump off the bike and let it go on it's own) them off a neighbor's pier into the water. The kid would have to wait until low tide and fish the bike out of the mud flats then get it up the sea wall.

Recently saw some kids in Sac launching off a jump and doing spins into a lake. Kind of a skiing water ramp for bikes.

The most insane thing I've ever witnessed is the pro riders doing Observed Trials at the Sea Otter Classic. it is hard to fathom the kind of control and precision these guys have on two wheels. Libor (from C'dale) and Hans Rey are the most impressive that I've seen, but there are others.
Funny, we used to do the same thingSpinchick
Sep 25, 2001 4:02 PM
'cept we didn't jump off the bike. It was great fun though. Loved the way you could pedal for a short time in the water before the bike sunk.
The who-needs-studs Steamboat Ditch Ice Ridecory
Sep 25, 2001 3:39 PM
Reno has a series of old irrigation ditches that run down from the mountains and through town, dug to irrigate the ranches, now mainly used for parks. One of them runs from near my house about 10 miles east to the city.
There's a trail alongside, not completely rideable because parts of it are privately owned and fenced. In winter, though, you can ride on the ice. Except it doesn't really get that cold here, so the ice is thin, and also slippery.

Several years ago, before I knew studded bike tires existed, we tried to ride the ditch into town on New Years Day. Really fun, pretty, easy going until you touched the brakes, then WHAM. We all got the hang of it, and were cruising along all right until we came to Hole In The Wall, where the ditch runs through a mountain.

Tried to stop, of course, but couldn't, of course, and the three of us slid--one vertical, two horizontal--right into the tunnel. And three feet inside, of course, it was warm enough that there was no ice. Fortunately the water's only a couple of feet deep, but it was a mighty cold ride home.
Riding into a pondmickey-mac
Sep 25, 2001 3:42 PM
When I was a kid, the local park had a man-made pond at the bottom of a decent sized hill. We used to stand on our seats, hold onto the bars, and head down the hill. Just before the front tire hit the water, we'd let go of the bars and stand, launching into the water at full speed when the bike stopped. Looking back on it, we probably faced a bigger danger from all the bacteria and creepy-crawlies in the green, stagnant water than we did from crashing.
Hmmm, difficult. Its a long list.Humma Hah
Sep 25, 2001 4:32 PM
All this is, of course, on the cruiser, a nutty enough ride on its own merits.

Let's see, the nuttiest long distance ride was my 130-miler that I did in college, totally unprepared, and the goal was 200 miles. Surpassing that record twice in recent years was much more sane, due to better training.

Trying to see how fast I could come down a driveway off Price's Mountain was pretty nuts. Nothing but a coasterbrake to stop me, went airborne over the second waterbar and landed in a bush. Nice, soft bush. That was the day I "invented" downhill MTB. Also the day I gave it up.

Trying to BMX the bike, back in 1975, I landed a 3-ft jump crossed up, bent the frame, twanged the headset, and only got all the damage corrected this February.

Riding it at the San Diego Velodrome, under the watchful eye of Eddie B, in the company of national-class trackies. Quite comical, perhaps a little sad. Eddie declared it was a poor choice for 140-mile rides, but ideal for 40 miles, 3 days in a row.
was doing wheelies...grassy knoll
Sep 25, 2001 5:13 PM
on my sister's ten speed with the old style wing nut quick release. pulled up on the bars and the wheel went off on its own. buried the forks in the yard all the up to tne crown and was launched over the bars. 2nd place: riding through deep wet cement. same result and never was able to get the cement off the rims
Speaking of wheelies....look271
Sep 25, 2001 6:40 PM
I am told that this is how it happened (I remember none of this-it resulted in one of my many concussions.....): I was riding down the street in front of our house (I was maybe 12?) on my basic, cruiser style bike, handed down from my cousin, probably going pretty fast, when I decided to "pop a wheelie". Flipped it right over, landed on my head. My neighbor carried me (unconscious) up to my house, where I stayed the rest of the day. I was out for about 10 minutes, I'm told.
Three thingsElefantino
Sep 25, 2001 5:16 PM
1) Accepted a bet (from my brother-in-law) to go down Annadale State Park's famous "Rough Go" trail without using my brakes. A third of the way down, I bailed. The bike made it. Sort of. It never quite was the same afterward, though.
2) Rode a custom-built Schwinn Sting-Ray off a cliff and into Buck Lake, above Tahoe.
3) Broke my neck in July.
re: What's the most insane thing you've ever done on a bike?kyvdh
Sep 25, 2001 5:34 PM
Two things, both when I was about 10, living in Puerto Rico. My brother had a pedal back 2 speed schwinn bike. I was really jealous. One night he let me ride his and he rode my single speed. We rode by a baseball field where there were about 15-20 youths who didn't care much for Americans. They began to chase us, yelling and throwing baseball size rocks. I was in the lowest gear and couldn't get the stupid bike to shift. I must have been over 150rpm trying to stay out of range. Finally took a short cut home and arrived safely. My single speed looked a lot better after that.
Second, same time frame. Same brother with hotshot bike. He challenged me to a downhill race. Being the competitive younger brother, I accepted the challenge. The hill was probably 12% grade or so and only about 200-300 feet long. Well, we started down the hill and the whole time I kept my eye on him to see if I was winning. Well, I finally got about a wheel in front of him and then he dropped way back. I turned and looked only to remember that the road T boned into another road with a curb staring at me about 10 feet ahead. I had no time to turn, slammed into the curb, blew out my tire and dented the steel rim, went flying into a fortunate grass yard without a scratch and came up screaming I won. Dumb kid.
re: What's the most insane/stupid thingTig
Sep 25, 2001 6:15 PM
Insane riding was the norm when we used our BMX bikes to experiment the limits of gravity at skate parks. This was in the early 80's when "freestyle" was something that Bob Haro invented a new bike for. Far too many insane things to mention.

In the stupid department, I did a good one a few years ago. Someone told me that they once tried to switch their hands on the bars by crossing them over, and immediately crashed. Not the kind of cross over where you twist your wrists to compensate (like a cross-up), but just keeping the hands flat on the grips like normal. During an easy MTB ride on my street while bored, I wisely thought, "I wonder if I can make that work with my years of skillful riding?" Within 3 seconds I was down HARD on the pavement! Something about the brain telling the hands to do something to compensate for balance and control doesn't know how to reverse itself... A lesson learned in the world of stupidity!
re: What's the most insane thing you've ever done on a bike?Allezowner
Sep 25, 2001 7:34 PM
Did that, been there. When I first started biking I tried to ride my Trek700 on a mountain bike trail in the Hayward Hills. Didn't even make it a mile. End result was handle bar skewed in a different direction from the taco'd front wheel. Now I only ride on the road with my '96 Allez.
re: What's the most insane thing you've ever done on a bike?Ken
Sep 25, 2001 8:35 PM
Rode my beater bike for 40ks in a Typhoon. The wind wasn't so bad but the rain was insane. Rode over country bridges with raging water rushing underneath pounding the crap out of them. Going uphill and upstream at the same time I had to avoid watermelon size boulders as they tumbled down. On parts of some roads the flood water level was higher than my wheels and when I rode through them my bike became a submarine. Had lots of fun.

re: What's the most insane thing you've ever done on a bike?DavidS
Sep 25, 2001 9:14 PM
A friend of mine and I, way back in high school racing days, decided to race 30 miles round trip without seatposts or saddles...standing the whole way. Big mistake: I lost, my feet swelled and I couldn't ride comfortably for a week. Then later that year we drank some beer and raced and I cracked my frame at the BB. Stupid, stupid stupid!
re: What's the most insane thing you've ever done on a bike?cycleguy
Sep 25, 2001 10:22 PM
Sixth grade coming home from doing my morning paper route before school started. Was smoking a cigarette I had swiped from my parents when another parent drove by. Took off as fast as I could and then tried to ride a curb that started out flat with the street and then rose up. Rear wheel dropped off the curb and I bounced off the seat onto the rear wheel. Opps no fender. No need to say what happened next. Don't remeber anything after that or how long I was out but some kids saw me lying in the street and got the guy out of the house I was in front of. He was able to get me to say my phone number and my dad came and picked me up off the street and put me into the back seat of the car. Next day at school everyone asked what had happened. They thought I had been hit by a car.
Stop riding it (nm)Rich Clark
Sep 26, 2001 5:31 AM
re:The trip home was helldzrider
Sep 26, 2001 7:37 AM
Rode a few blocks in a hurricane to try out the 80 mph tail wind.
That's Great! Which one?Kristin
Sep 26, 2001 8:15 AM
We rode our bikes in hurican Gloria in '84.
For our honeymoon we rode our tandem across Nevada.MB1
Sep 26, 2001 7:42 AM
A good bike ride but I think we missed out on some of those things you would normally do on a honeymoon. (Spinchick-don't go there!)
the most boring state in the Union?Dog
Sep 26, 2001 9:06 AM
Why on Earth would anyone ride across Nevada? That is insane. :-)

We really like the ride (OATBRAN) the boring route (we liked it)MB1
Sep 26, 2001 9:12 AM
brings out the best in the group-you spend a lot of time geting to know each other. Besides, that is where we met. It is also a really good route for a hard riding tandem team.

On our honeymoon Miss M wanted (and we tried) to do a century each day.
I'm so enviousDog
Sep 26, 2001 9:23 AM
I'm violating the 10th Commandment right now.

LOL good thing she didn't meet you first! nmMB1
Sep 26, 2001 9:25 AM
certainly not to get to Fresno! (nm)toad
Sep 27, 2001 9:32 PM
Why wouldn't I want to go to Nevada?Spinchick
Sep 26, 2001 9:32 AM
Seems like a perfectly nice to go for a honeymoon. Although, if I had just gotten married I would probably spend more time......Oh, you meant don't go THERE...
Punk! nmMB1
Sep 26, 2001 9:47 AM
Well, talk about a written invitation! nmSpinchick
Sep 26, 2001 9:52 AM
You could have just RSVPed. nmMB1
Sep 26, 2001 9:55 AM
Young and stupidBrooks
Sep 26, 2001 7:43 AM
I was around 6 with a hand-me-down fixed gear single speed. My two buddies and I decided to blast down the street we lived on. The road is about a 10% grade, long and straight. Their bikes were coaster brakes jobs. As we were flying down we see a moving van pull all the way across the road up ahead. An intersection is coming up but I'm going way to fast to make a turn (also, gravel in the road and an acute angle). I mentioned this was a fixed gear bike. To go fast down the hill I just took my feet off the pedals and let them spin wildly. No chance for me to get these pedals to slow down. My buddies on their coaster brakes come to a stop. I fly through the intersection and head for the opposite corner. A small, paved, round bottom ditch has a short (1'?)retaining wall on the other side. I hit that ditch and wall doing 100mph (or so it seems) and go flying. I still remember the vision of green and the itchy feeling. Thank god for low junipers. I was unhurt although a little scratched up. The same could not be said for the bike. Needless to say, it was not being handed down to my younger brother. The front wheel had a 90 degree indent all the way to the hub (imagine a pizza with a quarter sliced out). The fork was beyond recognition and the frame was broken, probably in a few places. To this day I still won't ride a fixed gear bike!
I don't think the problem was the bike, it was youth. nmMB1
Sep 26, 2001 7:49 AM
Put a Christmas tree over my shoulder and rode it home. nmBrian C.
Sep 26, 2001 8:15 AM
just the top of the listfishwheel
Sep 26, 2001 9:02 AM
1. Riding off of a pier into the ocean, then swimming back with the bike. The pier was cool becuse it was pretty high above the water.

2. Used to have demolition derbies with the other kids in the neighborhood.
3. didn't close my quick release right one time and when I pulled a little wheelie while dropping down a curb the wheel came loose turned sideways and I endoed right in front of the fire station. The paramedics saw me go down and pulled the ambulance out to cart me off,but I was fine just a little bloody and embarassed ( why did I have QR wheels when I was 12)

4. Rode my bike home in the biggest blizzard of the year last year, took two hours. The snow was up over my hubs the whole trip. They closed the office early, but I thought I would be fine.

5. RIding home on a multi-use trail during the late winter/early spring thaw, I came across a section that had been reclaimed by the river. I figured I know where the trail is under the water so just kept on going. The stretch was a couple hundred yards long and the water came up to my top tube (late february water is pretty cold).
Hit a sand pit at 18 mph with a llama chasing meSpinchick
Sep 26, 2001 9:39 AM
through a cow pasture (on a road bike).
I'd like to hear that story from the Llamas viewpoint. nmMB1
Sep 26, 2001 9:48 AM
Welll.....Blue 'Goose
Sep 26, 2001 10:25 AM
(1) in the late 1970s on my candy apple red schwinn sting-ray I ended up riding through the parking lot of a business
with some friends where it had quite the descent and if you
exited the parking lot correctly, you could go downhill for
nearly a mile in excess of 20 mph along a street. To the
right of the street were various businesses and yards.

While exiting the parking lot, I was going too fast and
couldn't make the left turn - I veered straight instead
and hit a rectangular sewer grate and it took hold of and caught my front tire.

I went flying over the bars and landed in the grass yard
of the telephone company.

Both me and the bike were fine but if it happened now both
would be dead.

(2) A year or so later I got hit by a car. When I was
hit, I remember looking UP and seeing the roof, hood and trunk of the car which means I was UPSIDE DOWN and ABOVE the car. Everything was blue and in slow motion. Odd.

I landed on a freshly paved asphalt road that had sharp
as hell decorative rocks for traction. That was the end
of the Sting Ray. I went to the hospital and was told
that if they'd been going 5 mph faster I'd have likely
had internal injuries. Instead, I had tar covered rocks
picked out of my flesh by cute nurses for an hour or two
and was sore for weeks. The driver was the owner of the
cars' prom date - it was the first time he let her drive
the car and instead of swerving away from me they swerved
into me. Oops.

-years later-

(3) I was on one of my early mountain bike excursions and
went by myself and this was when the Bloomington River
Bottoms trail and you could go on a series of roller coaster
like climbs and drops on the east side of the trail. I was
heading back to the parking lot going too fast for the
conditions and I could feel myself losing my balance and
I knew I was going to fell. Instead of trying to stop, I
somehow put my right leg out hoping to keep balance. I
then fell over and my bike landed on my right knee and I
got quite a dirt filled gash. I emptied my camelbak over
the dirty wound getting it pretty clean and rode back to
the parking lot, then went home and took care of it. It
was preventable but I still had fun on my ride.
re: What's the most insane thing you've ever done on a bike?Turtleherder
Sep 26, 2001 12:20 PM
When I was about eleven I bet another kid that I could jump a steep banked, muddy creek with my Schwinn Stingray. It was pretty far to the other side but I thought I could do it with a ramp. I used to jump that bike alot so I aready had made a short ramp for this purpose. I came barrelling down a nearby hill and hit the ramp. The ramp was positioned too high and I ended up going essentially straight up. The bike and I came down just short of the other bank and dug into the mud up to the top of the fenders. I sort of bounced off and up onto the opposite side. An arguement then ensued as to whether I had jumped the creek and won the bet. I said yes because I made it to the other side, he said no because the bike did not. The bike was fine, no damage. I still have the bike and really should put some air in the tires and take it out. I wonder how it would be on a century?
no contest with some of these, but we used to play a gamebill
Sep 27, 2001 6:13 AM
where the sole point was to jump a retaining wall at the bottom of the hill that was my backyard and see how high you would end up stuck to the side of the hedges behind the wall (you'd end up pretty deep inside, sometimes, too). No one ever topped the hedge, but, as I recall, some of us managed to land on top of them.
My favorite story is the Reno on ice story. That is funny.