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The Reinhart freak accident got me thinking about...(10 posts)

The Reinhart freak accident got me thinking about...eschelon
Feb 13, 2003 2:01 PM
what could've happened differently on a particular day last summer during a road was a 15 mile loop and we were all in in the last couple of miles for the finish...the whole race was run on a two-way road that was still open to automobile traffic during the race and as the whole pack was rounding the last couple of miles to the finish, everyone was starting to accelerate and getting ancy because no-one during the race wanted to pull and so there were plenty of racers who had plenty of steam left to push the pace in the last part of the race...the last couple of miles was all downhill...I was in the first 10 rider at the front...I felt great...hell, I wasn't even breathing hard...these mofos are gonna get it good! I thought...then this guy in front of me decides out of nowhere to swerve right in front of my front wheel and clipped it real good...we were all going 30+ mph and climbing...I screamed and then my bike slid sideways for a few feet and fell over sideways and slid and slid and slid...I must have slid on the road for about 50 feet...dazed and angry I realized I was on the curb on the other side of the road...on the oncoming traffic side no less! There is no remote chance that I could've gotten killed that day by an oncoming car...because during the race, there always was a group of oncoming cars every minute or so. Things could've been radically different that day.
we are creatures of habit...Akirasho
Feb 13, 2003 5:31 PM
... to be a bit philosophical... because things in our lives tend towards the predictable... we assume that it is predictable...

Two days ago, an age contemporary friend of my Mom passed away and it distressed her a bit... and while it might sound kinda harsh... I reminded my Mom that she's no closer to death than she's ever been.

So too when cycling, either competitively or on the roads and trails... to live is to risk... there are times when it appears that you're in the wrong place at the right time... or in other words, $hit happens... lastly, I can assure you... ain't no one getting out of here alive.

...let's be careful out there...

Be the bike.
we all gonna die.. we all gonna diecyclopathic
Feb 13, 2003 6:36 PM
not that you have a choice. just be careful out there.
Whether we like it or not cycling is a dangerous sportPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Feb 13, 2003 8:22 PM
Its a reality that whereever you are on the road, mountain or track that accidents happen. And the better you get the faster and harder things can come at you. I guess it comes down to being confident in your riding skills then just knowing things happen for a reason and just like religion came to the conclusion of a long time ago... we're not the only ones deciding our fate and there is an ultimate higher power.

I know I was convinced hitting the concrete at 60 km/h headfirst every doctor can not believe I'm not suffering any symptoms whatsoever from my crash... its not normal to walk away from that no matter how fit you are.

Ride safe,
Good Gawd! Such Maladjusted Perception! Chill Out!!!!Tacos Jalisco
Feb 13, 2003 11:23 PM
Man what a bunch of graven-faced serious posts! I mean it's true, road cycling is a freakish anomaly of a sport: get on a flimsy piece of aluminum with itty bitty tires that pop real easy, and race next to cars and semi's and harleys at speeds up to 60 mph, WITHOUT YOUR OWN DAMM LANE! Okay we're risking our lives daily to a similar extent that vice cops and firefighters are. True. However, do we really FOCUS on that all the time? Heck, if we did, we would either never go out, or we would be so encased in safety-gear and mirrors on all sides and reflectors and damm flags and horns and bells and whistles and roll-cages that we would become super-heavy, rolling geek princes! Lord almighty! How the hell can you have a pulse-pounding, kick-butt hilly-century solo ride with all that crap? And constantly looking in your damm mirrors and paranoidizing about cars behind you? Blech! I don't have a mirror, I don't have illuminite, and I don't have a dad-blamed pepper-spray or cell phone fer cryin out loud. I ride my butt off--I go real fast and I weave in and out of traffic if it is slow and annoying. It is pure fun. If I die, then I die. So what. What am I supposed to do? Sit in front of the gol-darn television instead just to BE SAFE? Hide in my house?!Crud on that! I'm careful, but I don't keep "I might die so ride REAL SAFE AND CAREFULLY AND BORINGLY" on my mind when I ride. SHEESH. LIGHTEN UP YOU GUYS--YER GONNA DIE SOONER OR LATER ANYWAYS--MIGHT AS WELL TEAR IT UP A BIT WHILE YER STILL AROUND!!!!!!! I mean if it's about the wife and kids, then so what too! I mean all the road bikers I've ever met have kick-ass life insurance policies, make a buttload of $, and have their families taken care of, so if they get tagged then their significant others get PAID PAID PAID! And they certainly won't be concerned about their welfare after they're splattered all over the shoulder of the lonely country road--they'll be dead! They'll be richer than they ever could have been when they were alive and neglecting their families in favor of their bizarre cycling habit!!! They'll be serenely resting forever! It actually behooves you to ride fun and dangerously! Think about it. It's what I do!
Uh ya... thanks for proof of darwins theoryPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Feb 13, 2003 11:35 PM
Thanks for the darwin response.

Of course theres danger in everything! I could fall off my bed and break my neck tonight... I could electrocute myself shaving with my shaver plugged in today... I could get skin cancer using a tanning bed before I leave for Australia... I could get hit by a car walking across the neighbourhood street... there are risks on the bike too or driving. And its exponential to the previous ones. It doesn't mean I'm not gonna drive fast or ride... but its something its good to consider the consequences instead of taking a "I'M GONNA DIE ANYWAY ATTITUDE". We're gonna die eventually but it doesn't mean we can be fricking morons.

Everyone else but you ride safe :)
you use a tanning bed?! Cool! I wish i had the time...!Tacos Jalisco
Feb 13, 2003 11:58 PM
Great photo!Uncle Tim
Feb 14, 2003 9:55 AM
And he don't need no stinking triple!

I don't know that I agree with all of the text, but I agree with the photo! I want to party with this guy.

Remember, folks:

dying is easy; living is hard.
Correction. Based on the photo...Gregory Taylor
Feb 14, 2003 1:43 PM
...dying is easy, riding a bike that is way too small for you is hard.

Get that guy a beer. Get one for me, while you're at it.
thanks man--I was parched. --nm--Tacos Jalisco
Feb 15, 2003 12:37 AM