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Best of a bad situation.(2 posts)

Best of a bad situation.godot
Aug 17, 2002 8:54 AM
I messed up big time choosing gears going into a short steep hill this morning, shifted too many gears with too much weight on the pedals and threw the chain into the spokes. Rear wheel locks up, rear derailleur bends, i clip out in time but the ride is definitely over.

Now for the good part of the story. I lean my bike up against a stop sign to survey the damage. A lady who was out doing yard work comes over and asks if I'm okay, if I need water, and let's me know that her family is heading into town soon and I'd be welcome to come inside for a bit and that they'd be happy to give me and what's left of my bike a ride home. I politely decline and inform her that I've called my wife and she is on the way.

I take off my shoes and start walking to the main road so my wife can find me more easily. While I am walking 4 people make a point to stop, see if I'm okay and offer me a ride back to my house.

I realize that we have all had some issues with drivers, but every once in a while something happens that makes me realize that the bad drivers are the minority and that people are generally decent.

sorry for rambling.

ps - it's a ti frame so I'm heading to the builder to get the hanger bent back.
Aug 17, 2002 9:07 AM
...the drivers only care when you are OFF your bike.

Actually, I think it raises the issue of human nature where we notice the negative much more readily than the positive. If a hundred cars pass me by giving me a full lane (even when I am riding as far to the right as possible), the image of that one vehicle's mirror passing withing a hair of my ear is what sticks in my mind long after the ride has finished.

Bummer about your bike. I hope you are not without it for long...