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Title: "Wipe out on fixed" or "Gee, you really can't coast!"(11 posts)

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 lectureAhimsa
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 & exhilaratingscottfree
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 promised NMSpirito di Finocchio
Mar 6, 2002 10:31 AM
I'll take one when I get back and post it. nmmorrison
Mar 6, 2002 10:48 AM
bonus points if you are in frame w/ your fresh scrape marks NMSpirito 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.