|Title: "Wipe out on fixed" or "Gee, you really can't coast!"||morrison|
Mar 6, 2002 7:24 AM
|Left work early yesterday, picked up the kids, and headed home. While they played in the back yard, I completed the final touches on my new fixed. Of course, I had to wait for the missus (er, mizz) to get home before I could take a spin.
She got home about 5:30, and the sun was quickly fading. Yesterday was primary election day in California, so once she arrived, I grabbed my shoes, clipped in, and headed to the polls. They were only a mile away, and it's a very gentle climb. The streets are quiet, and I figured (STUPIDLY) I didn't need my helmet. I should have worn full body armor!
Everything went fine until I turned into the long driveway leading down to the voting station. I feathered the brake, and relaxed. That's when things started to go wrong. Have you ever stopped pedaling on a fixed while still cruising? My left knee, which was in the 6 o'clock position rocketed up, propelling me out of the seat. Instinctively, I unclipped my right foot, rather than reapplying pressure to the pedals, which is what I should have done. Once my right foot was out, it was all over. I careened off to the left and splayed myself in the driveway of the poling place in front of 30 to 40 neighbors.
No serious injuries, but I did scrape my knee and my left cheek. The poling place is at a fire station, so I had to endure the indignity of a paramedic rushing out to see if I was o.k. I also suffered through a helmet lecture. (I deserved that one). I voted, limped home, and watched my choices go down in flames on the evening news.
Strangely, I can't wait to try again, but it'll have to wait 'til next week when I get back from my business trip.
Have a safe week!
|Another helmet lecture||Ahimsa|
Mar 6, 2002 7:33 AM
Seriously, glad you are okay.
30-40 folks, eh? Ouch.
How's the bike?
|My three year old asked me why I didn't wear it, too.||morrison|
Mar 6, 2002 7:45 AM
|We make her wear hers when she is on her trike. (She asked my wife if I had to have a time-out after I told her what happened.) STUPID, I know.
Bike is fine.
|HA. There's nothing more crazy & exhilarating||scottfree|
Mar 6, 2002 8:24 AM
|than your first ride on a fixed.|
|hee hee - welcome aboard! ;-)||Spirito di Finocchio|
Mar 6, 2002 8:44 AM
|see what you get for voting|
|hey....lets see a pic of your fixie...you promised NM||Spirito di Finocchio|
Mar 6, 2002 10:31 AM
|I'll take one when I get back and post it. nm||morrison|
Mar 6, 2002 10:48 AM
|bonus points if you are in frame w/ your fresh scrape marks NM||Spirito di Finocchio|
Mar 6, 2002 10:51 AM
|Love riding mine.||look271|
Mar 6, 2002 10:58 AM
|I just built mine up last month. I've done 2 longer rides w/ it (22 mile and a 30 miler) and didn't have any problems EXCEPT: remember that you can't turn as tightly w/ one as you can with a regular bike! Almost became a hood ornanment on a pickup truck! Shame on you-wear your helmet. Glad you're ok, though. (PS-I probably would have done the same as you-sans helmet. I won't think about doing it again, though......)|
|AWESOME- did anyone have a camera?||nm|
Mar 6, 2002 2:15 PM
|gawd, isn't crashing a fixed just the weirdest?||lonefrontranger|
Mar 6, 2002 8:18 PM
|Talk about pucker factor. Wait until you've hooked a pedal in a turn (it'll happen, trust me). There was a real 'special' corner on one of the common local rides in Cincinnati that I actually crashed the fixie on twice. Downhill, off camber sharp right turn with a real high lip on the inside. Fortunately both times this happened, I got catapulted into the weeds (stickers, natch), not into the intersection.|| |