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Man do I feel stupid..and bloody(4 posts)

Man do I feel stupid..and bloodyrodey
May 5, 2003 10:54 AM
Well I finally took my first real spill today. I cleaned my bike this weekend and put on a brand new shiny tire and headed out onto the road...proud as a rider can be of his shiny bike. Well I was not more than 300 feet from our garage when the first corner came to me...going about 15mph, I rounded the corner when all of a sudden, the rear wheel goes into a slide...somthing I have not experienced...it felt like the spokes had given out and the wheel folded...after hitting the pavement and sliding a few feet in front of the neighbors, I did what any good cyclist would do...check my bike for damage...I was expecting a messed up rear wheel at the best...much to my suprise, the only thing wrong with the bike was the chain was off the crank and the left brake bar was moved a little....both very easy to fix. The next thing was to check me. My right hand met the road pretty good and is bleeding in about 6 places...as I write this. My knee has a pretty good case of road rash as well...other than that ( and a pair of tights with a hole in the knee now ) there was no damage to report. So, what the hell happened? I don't know. The only thing I can think of is the new tire needs to have a mile or two on it to grip the road? Has anyone had anything like this happen to them? Talk about embarrassing....and confusing. Well I am going out to try it again...this time I will not be taking higher speed corners until I have 10 - 15 miles on the tire....I hope that is what it was.....

Road Rash
I got luckyandy02
May 5, 2003 1:31 PM
I had a similar call this weekend but was lucky enought to stay up. I am use to grand prix 3000s and changed to michs. the first turn leaving the house the tires didn't grip at all! but after about 50 miles on them they really stick and beg to go faster in any turn. I guess you need to be careful with any new slick tire. I am sorry you had to learn the hard way.
I got luckyrodey
May 5, 2003 1:50 PM
I have been riding on Michelin Axial SuperComp's for 4 years now and have never had this problem...but I can relate to what you are saying about begging to go faster...once you get the 'ice' off these tires, they demand you ride them fast and hard. Even tho these tires dumped me, I still love them man!!! I just put on 40 miles after the embarrassing 'accident' and they are fine...

Ride On!
I got luckyRich_Racer
May 5, 2003 2:07 PM
59 miles into a new 60 mile ride I hit a pothole in the road and subsequently hit a parked car! Just a bit of trueing of front wheel and cleaning of left knee required!