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1st wreck on Sat...I have now crossed to the other side.(22 posts)

1st wreck on Sat...I have now crossed to the other side.MXL02
Apr 2, 2003 9:35 AM
I was out for a ride on Saturday, and got caught in a busy traffic part of town. I was riding eastbound, and a car coming the opposite direction, tried to turn in front of me, barely missing me, but causing me to T-bone the right rear fender, flip over the trunk, and land on the pavement.

She did stop, but only because she thought is was my fault..."You ran into my car!" she yelled at me while I was lying on the pavement. Luckily, I was not seriously hurt, but my Campy Record/Colnago MXL, less than a year old, was a mess. The hand built record hub/open pro front wheel was taco'ed, and there was a small but definite bend in the top tube.(sniff) To show you what kind of maniac I've become, my main concern was getting a police report citing her for being at fault so I could collect from her insurance to pay for replacing the 'nago. The EMT's had to pull me away from the bike to check me over. Anyway, the police and EMT's were great...I am no worse for the wear, and my MXL is currently being rebuilt. I am now a true veteran!
So, keep riding, but avoid the f*&^%ing cars, shave your legs, and wear your helmet! Ride on.
nice post. glad you're ok. RIP MXL. nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 2, 2003 9:48 AM
re: 1st wreck on Sat...I have now crossed to the other side.Fixie-ated
Apr 2, 2003 9:54 AM
Glad you are OK.

A VERY similar accident happened to me a couple of years ago. A car turned left into my lane. I tried to avoid it but wound up hitting the rear panel and being thrown as well.

HOWEVER, the cop sited me for a violation, "failure to avoid and accident" as the ticket said.

I protested it, but I was shown that in N.C. there is a law that states the police officer can make the determination on his judgement since I hit the rear portion of the car.

Luckily, I was not hurt either. To this day I get furious when I think about the whole thing. To top it off, it as a motorcycle cop that sited me. You would think he would have a bit more appreciation of the dangers.

Oh well, got that off my chest.

Yeah, that would have have certainly made my blood boil, too...jtferraro
Apr 2, 2003 1:34 PM
Unbelievable. Yeah, you're right about him being a motorcycle cop - you WOULD think he'd understand/appreciate the dangers! Well, glad you weren't hurt.

BTW...nice screen name!

re: 1st wreck on Sat...I have now crossed to the other side.macalu
Apr 3, 2003 5:00 AM
Guy turns left in front of you and its your fault??? With a mentality like that and riding a long can he last?
I wrecked on Sat too......african
Apr 2, 2003 10:31 AM
I had jumped off the front of a pack and had a gap of about 10 meters plus on the group of about 30. I was going too fast for a corner, tried to cut the corner and there was an oncoming suv, after checking options I went off road on my colnago dream. I ramped up the side walk and onto grass and sand. I fell over at about 1mph into soft sand (no damage to bike). I got up and got wacked by a recumbant which resulted in a cut and a bruise on my calf.

I think the recumbant was going too fast as well and was not paying attention and was watching my little incident.

Glad you are ok too.
re: 1st wreck on Sat...I have now crossed to the other side.No_sprint
Apr 2, 2003 11:04 AM
Glad you're mostly ok. You already got a new MXL? That's fast! Good for you!
I AM lucky...MXL02
Apr 2, 2003 11:12 AM
I live in Houston, home to the Colnago US distributor, Trialtir. The LBS's just go pick up what they need in their pickup trucks. That's one of the reasons I chose the brand.
Glad you're OK; where in Houston?sn69
Apr 2, 2003 12:48 PM
I grew up on the southwest side, near Westheimer and Willcrest--that was way out in the boonies when I was little.

I can't believe that was her reaction when she caused the wreck...well, actually I can. My one car v bike ended well in what could have been a bad scene. A gal doored me in heavy traffic where I was trapped and couldn't maneuver. She immediately ran out into traffic and blocked the oncoming cars until I could hobble to the curb.

In any case, good luck with the rebuild and we're all glad you're alright.
Glad you're OK; where in Houston?MXL02
Apr 2, 2003 1:05 PM
thanks...I live in Bellaire.
Glad you're OK; where in Houston?sn69
Apr 2, 2003 1:15 PM
went to Bellaire HS my fresh. year and then transfered to the Jesuit school. Bellaire has always been nice but it looked like it was really coming up the last time I was there.
Glad to hear you're OK.Dave Hickey
Apr 2, 2003 11:24 AM
I haven't heard from you in a while. Have you been riding a lot?
Glad to hear you're OK.MXL02
Apr 2, 2003 11:46 AM
I've just gotten back into riding in the last month. Thanks for asking and caring...let me know next time you are in Houston.
re: 1st wreck on Sat...I have now crossed to the other side.koala
Apr 2, 2003 12:52 PM
I am a peace lover but I grow more and more agitated hearing these stories of my fellow cyclists being yelled at when they are on the tarmac. Doesnt anyone care about the injured? Who do people think they are anyway? Get everything you deserve. I feel for the next person that treats me poorly while on my bike...Glad you are o.k. Time for a c-40?
I can't believe her remark! Being yelled at must be the worst..jtferraro
Apr 2, 2003 1:44 PM
thing in the world when you are down on the pavement, in pain! Did you read Gregory Taylor's message, below? If not, I suggest you do.

Glad you're alright!

Close shave! (pardon the pun!)Rich_Racer
Apr 2, 2003 2:08 PM
Got cut off by a driver, turning left (US), who decided that I either wasn't there or wasn't really doing 25 mph on sunday evening. Skidded to halt inches from his back door. He never even knew it happened as he just drove off! I must be the invisible cyclist!

Do I really have to shave my legs?!?!?!
Close shave! (pardon the pun!)MXL02
Apr 2, 2003 2:30 PM
I believe one of the reasons I didn't have a bad road rash was because of my "neked" gams. I dunno....maybe it just made me feel better.
Close shave! (pardon the pun!)Rich_Racer
Apr 2, 2003 3:12 PM
I remember Lance answering one of those stupid media questions concerning leg shaving with the answer that it was because it was easier to clean up and repair road rash. I'm so sure that's not why most people do it though! Who knows!
You mean road rash like this?? Had my 1st fall on a descent.....ATLien
Apr 3, 2003 7:00 AM
Was 2nd in a line of 6 descending WolfPen Gap in north Georgia 2 weeks ago and had just watched the speedo climb north of 34mph when we entered into a tight S curve. Misjudged the timing and shifted my weight extra 12" of pavement and I would've had it.

Laid it down pretty hard but didn't do any damage to the bike, but I didn't fare so well.......
Ooops, here's the pic.......ATLien
Apr 3, 2003 7:42 AM
Owwww!! Reminds me of Michael Berry. (nm)jtferraro
Apr 3, 2003 8:36 AM
Glad that you are o.k....DINOSAUR
Apr 3, 2003 8:53 AM
I have an '02 Colnago Master X-Light also and I would get down on my knees and cry like a baby if I damaged it. We all go down sooner or later, maybe you got your big crash out of the way. Glad you are o.k.