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Cycling is dangerous!(12 posts)

Cycling is dangerous!wink
Jul 16, 2003 6:55 PM
I have been reading these post about road rage, the incident in St. Petersburg where the guy plowed into a group ride, here in my town an 80 year old guy took out four riders turning into Church a couple of years ago. Three years ago a woman walking her dog on a leash on a MUT paid to attention to me coming toward her, did not controll her dog - leash ends up in my crank, my head bounces off of surface. Last week I was going fast down a nice desent and blow my back tire off the rim going aroud a turn - broke wrist on that one! Every day we choose to ride we know we are going to have issues with other bikes, roller bladers, dog walkers, cars, trucks, busses, traffic lights, gravity and the mechanical integrity of our bikes. Hey guys guess what ... we all are a little nuts! Bicycling is dangerous! We know it, lets accept it and stop wining about the ignorant fat people who we will never change about bicycle rights. When it is us against a 3,000 pound car we will loose all the time - everytime. Lets all keep our heads up and ride smart!
Isn't there inherent danger in everything ?(nm)eayste
Jul 16, 2003 6:58 PM
re: Cycling is dangerous!rideamountain
Jul 16, 2003 10:17 PM
A-men brother!!! I used to think that roadies were pansies and not as tough as mountain bikers. Well, these past few years has seen me develop a new respect and love of road riding. My poor MTB hasn't seen much action, and is probably mad as heck at me!

As I have seen my fitness rise to new levels, I now see that road riding can be harder than mountain biking, and like wink describes is probably a lot more dangerous.

We are truly sitting ducks out there and at the mercy of every loony and brain dead driver on the road.

It is a tremendous leap of faith each time we hit the road. But I love it and it is a huge part of me now.

Yeah, but as I get older it seems to get less dangerous.dzrider
Jul 17, 2003 4:50 AM
On my morning ride I made a right into an industrial park, a left onto a quiet road and then crossed a very busy state road at a traffic light rather than cross 2 lanes of traffic to then make a left. Probably rode and extra 2 minutes to go 1/2 mile out of my way. Years ago I would have made the left and been more than willing to assert my right to do so.

There are things we can do as cyclists that lessen, but never eliminate risk. Many of them involve slowing down, conceding the right of way to a driver who really doesn't have it, or going out of our way to avoid dangerous situations. As I get older I find myself more willing to do them. The good news is the same outlook has dramatically reduced the number of flats that I get!
Getting olderMel Erickson
Jul 17, 2003 8:18 AM
We become much more conscious and appreciative of the value of our lives. When we were young we thought we would live forever (at least another 60 years seemed like forever). When you've got less than half of that to go every minute seem precious. I bomb hills slower, take sandy corners more carefully, go out of my way to avoid traffic, wear bright colors, use a mirror, don't ride in the dark, etc., etc., etc. It's amazing the perspective age gives you.
I'm with you Mel,Continental
Jul 17, 2003 8:41 AM
When I was 22 I would descend a hill and take a tight corner over and over at higher speed each time just for the thrill of pushing my limits. One day I rolled my tubular tire off the rim. Pain didn't stop me from doing it again.

Now at 44 I avoid risk like you do, but still enjoy riding. I think that I'm so careful because of the responsiblities of being a husband and parent. I also can't face pain the way I used to. I've become a wimp, but I've got a lot more sense.
Yeah, but so is shopping at an outdoor market in Santa Monica.Creaky Carnivore
Jul 17, 2003 6:20 AM
There is inherent danger whenever, flesh and bone is within striking distance of 3k lb chunks of steel driven by people who 1. don't care about anyone else, 2. are on drugs (including the elderly on prescription meds) or alcohol, or 3. are just more concerned with applying makeup, or answering a cell phone. The bottom line is everyone need to be educated about responsible driving, and we need to start treating irresponsible driving the same way we treat irresponsible gun ownership. A car is potentially a dangerous WEAPON.

Sorry. just feeling a little sensitive about the issue this morning!
if cars were treated w/ the same "logic" nowadayskenyee
Jul 17, 2003 9:48 AM
as gun ownership:

- car makers would be blamed for flooding the market with them
- car owners would be thrown in jail if their relatives stole it and committed any traffic violations in it
- the media would try to portray cars as some evil inducing thing that makes people go crazy and run people over just because they're using a car

I agree w/ you though. The person who drives (or uses any other tool) has a resposibility to focus on driving and not harm others. There was a morning show on ABC this morning where they cornered the Santa Monica sheriff and tried to get him to say that elderly should be mandatory tested for reflexes and the ability to drive. Not a bad thing, but having the media try bullying/brainwashing the public to push for this sets another really bad precendent...

Sure! even eating burgers is.c722061
Jul 17, 2003 8:25 AM
burgers from Mc D's with glass in them is.... see link....african
Jul 17, 2003 8:55 AM
Yes, but we do not expect burgers to be dangerous..wink
Jul 17, 2003 9:35 AM
We KNOW that riding our bikes is dangerous, so it should be of no surprise if/when we get hurt. Is there anyone reading these post that has never been hurt on a bike? I almost got killed this morning by car operated by a confused woman. I had the total right away....but I do not think they would have put that in my obituary!
Burgers are dangerous, at all the fat people = heart attack nmafrican
Jul 17, 2003 6:36 PM