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I layed my bike down!!!(18 posts)

I layed my bike down!!!JetSpeed
Jan 4, 2004 6:04 AM
Well, the first time since I got my Merckx in June and I layed it down yesterday.
Last 500 ft. from my house I rounded a corner on slightly damp pavement. It happened all at once, I slid on my right side for quite a while as I was doing about 22mph.
I have several (6) road-rashes, my Merckx only has small rash on the rear Campy derailer, right brake lever, torn tape, scratches on my Look, and possible a bent bar or mis-aligned brake hood??? I also shredded my longsleeve Assos jersey and tights.
I have to say I am depressed. This bike is my baby, and to have it a bit messed-up just KILLS me!
So, I'm posting for therapy not pitty. I just can't seem to feel better mentally. I guess all-in-all, doing 6-7 thousand miles a year and crashing isn't so bad, but it's hard to get over . . . . .
re: I layed my bike down!!!ZenJones
Jan 4, 2004 9:32 AM
If you cannot feel better mentally perhaps you need a hobby? I can dig the whole "it's my baby" vibe but using "depressed", "kills me" and "feel better mentally" in your post points that you may need Zoloft or another beta blocker in copious amounts. Your memory appears unphased by your lack of coordination... you remember all of your brand names in running down the list of damaged items.

Just remember-it's a bike, it's not like you're a great cyclist or something. You'll never win the TdF because you'll never be good enough to get on the TdF. You'll never be sponsored in full. Lance, Tyler and Jan don't care about you and will never-ever-wonder about your training rides. Ever.

Basically, this is pretend for you... like playing with a G.I. Joe and "thinking" you're in combat and as such if you lose or damage your G.I. Joe go buy a new one or fix it... e.g. fix the bike or buy a new one... it's your big boy toy. Nothing more/nothing less.

You asked for therapy... you got it.
Now, Now Zen!!!Lazywriter
Jan 4, 2004 10:12 AM
If you just got your custom Ayotte drum kit (I checked out their site and they are serious kits) delivered and you were carrying your bass down the stairs and you dropped it causing an unsightly gash, you would be a little dejected and pissed off. I agree that these are tools or instruments that are made to be used and "abused" and one cannot dwell on superficial blemishes. That is one reason I like titanium frames, just buff out the scratches if one happens.
BTW, do you own Ayottes? Or some other set?
Jan 4, 2004 12:06 PM
Hyperbolic weepy just doesn't seem as bad as hyperbolic nasty if you ask me: "points that you may need Zoloft or another beta blocker in copious amounts." Actually, I think that Zoloft is an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) and I'm not sure that there's a new approved indication for hyperbole, in "copious" amounts or otherwise.

The guy's a little bummed that he's scratched up his shiny new bike. He's venting, which is different than describing clinical depression. The bike sounds ok and the guy sounds ok. What's the big deal?
Can't riff on anyone anymore... without stepping on toesZenJones
Jan 4, 2004 12:25 PM
I was just riffing. Plus, I do enjoy reading about people plugging as much 'dig-me' jargon as humanly possible while describing what basically amounts to, "I fell over, I'm ok though".

"What's the big deal?" Absolutely none. He asked for Therapy and not Pity... I served him some of my therapy. Just because it doesn't flow down the same byway as yours may doesn't mean mine is nasty. Honesty is always confused as nasty by those that want to assume the worst, first. Assume the worst last and view the hedgerow from the goodfoot.
hmmmThe Human G-Nome
Jan 4, 2004 1:37 PM
The guy was venting and you treat him like a schmuck in your "therapy" session. You're free to toss your arrows at random strangers, but don't expect not to be called on it. I love when people throw out the "truth and reality" bit as if they're the most righteous person in the room. Lots of things are true but the truth burns bright and there's too much there sometimes. The guy was looking for consolation and not validation from you. There's a big difference.
just a thought...RemmingtonShowdown
Jan 4, 2004 10:04 AM
Maybe this can help put your accident into perspective.

I had just completed a 50 mile ride along Chicago's lakefront path. I was on my way home as I had done so many times before. I crossed Belomnt Ave. with a green light. A green Ford Taurus flew through the red light-it was later brought to light that the driver was too busy lighting a joint to depress the brake. His front end hit the right side of my bike and then plowed into several other cars. I popped off my bike, my helmet made contact with his winsheild thus shattering it and I finally came to rest a near 50 ft from my bike wearing only my left shoe-the other stayed clipped in. My Alluminum Trek disintegrated. Part of the crank was lodged into the Taurus' hood. I woke in the hospital later that day. I walked out of the hospital with a concussion, bruises, road rash, and the feeling that I was the luckiest man alive.

I tell this for no other reason to show you that we all have had our experiences. If we're luckily enough to walk away from them a wrecked bike is a small price to pay.

On the bright side, you now have a project in fixing your beloved bike, and by the way wrecking surely makes the

And Mr. ZenJones- It was 50 degrees here in Chicago two days ago, woke up to 3 inches of snow. Now, I wonder why you woke up so grumpy...
just a thought...ZenJones
Jan 4, 2004 12:13 PM
And Mr. ZenJones- It was 50 degrees here in Chicago two days ago, woke up to 3 inches of snow. Now, I wonder why you woke up so grumpy...

Not grumpy... just throwing down some therapy versus pity. However, now that I think of it... I think someone may have pee'd in my Cheerios.

; )
I'm glad your aliveChainstay
Jan 4, 2004 1:10 PM
I was in a group ride in the summer where we were narrowly missed by someone running a red.

Sometimes you have to wonder if there are not angels looking after us.
re: I layed my bike down!!!Woof the dog
Jan 4, 2004 10:14 AM
I race on a nice bike so if i wreck it its probably because of someone else's fault
I put all of my milage on my training bike, and if it breaks, I fix it... for cheap.

Clothes could be a problem though. I like nice clothes and i hate ripping or getting bike greese on them (that is why anything but black knee warmers or shoe covers suck)


re: I layed my bike down!!!JetSpeed
Jan 4, 2004 1:24 PM
The reason why I posted here is because everyone here has had a similar experience-we can all relate.
Someone who is not passionate about cycling and their equipment will never understand or even care so why would I even bother to explain?
Like someone said in a previous post, I'm just venting to people who will listen and understand.
Coordination had nothing to do it. It was an accident-that's what a accident is. From you post, I deduce you have never crashed because you have far better coordination that I. That's why you're so angry-you can't relate. Thanks for the helpful posts all!
nooo.. they are scars from duty.colker1
Jan 4, 2004 1:49 PM
not a baby anymore... now it's a speed tool.
Let the blood be controlled-->>ZenJones
Jan 4, 2004 7:53 PM
Let me place a band-aid on the bleeding that I've started here...

My whole response was smart-a$$ period.

I am neither angry, grumpy, judgemental or anything else-I was simply having fun.

Also, I am not offended in the least at anyone taking a "shot" at me after my intial post... I knew that I'd be bait after posting in the manner that I did.

Sitting here in my $1,200.00 ergo computer chair, typing on my keyboard that's connected to my $5,798.00 Falcon Northwest computer I realized I would take heat after pressing "Reply" and sending my post via my highspeed cable connection. I knew it. When I returned to see responses to my post while I was sipping 1931 Rothchild champagne from a very rare Waterford crystal, 14K gold fluted champagne glass I knew I'd be the brunt of some angry replies.
So, anyway, I thought I should post this apology and explanation before I head out for a drive in my 1967 Shelby GT to go to the ATM machine to withdrawl a few thousand dollars to piss away later tonight at Score's nightclub in NYC.

That's all... I am sorry if I offended.
sarcasm is soooo 1994The Human G-Nome
Jan 4, 2004 8:28 PM
; )
Bravo, good show. : ) (nm)RemmingtonShowdown
Jan 4, 2004 8:42 PM
If you want to impress, drink champagne you can spell. nmdzrider
Jan 5, 2004 10:02 AM
If it were a MTNbike.....TNRyder
Jan 4, 2004 7:58 PM
It would be like, "Well, I have finally broken it in." But I too am a bit more finicky about my roadbike's frame and paint. Fortunately though, no serious damage was done. I just had to replace my bike recently after an incident on the innerstate in TX. These things really were not meant to be drug behind your car at 70 mph.

Fix what you can and keep the scratches as a conversation piece!
re: I layed my bike down!!!MShaw
Jan 5, 2004 10:35 AM
Somehow, there's this affinity between new equipment and pavement. Seems that every time I get a new frame, something happens and it finds the pavement and gets it's first scratches.

I'm impressed that you managed to avoid the irristable draw between bike and pavemetn for as long as you did.

Now that it is "broken in" I wouldn't worry too much more about it. Ride the snot out of it. It is just a bike after all.