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Happy Endo
Thread started by tortuga_veloce at 05.19.09 - 10:33 am

I was riding home from work yesterday, on some side street east of Motor. I was approaching an intersection with an alley and two SUV's parked side by side blocking the entire street. As I was deciding whether to turn or try to go between the cars, the SUV facing me decided to pull out into the street in front of me.

I panicked and grabbed my front brake, flipping over my handlebars. In spite of the fact that i wasnt wearing my helmet, i was mostly fine. i was horrified to see that my brand new handlebars were bent in different directions, though.

as i was riding to school later, i noticed that the bars were actually more comfortable than they were before. i went to the bikerowave and using a piece of rebar, straightened out the left side to match the right.

lesson learned? if someone pulls out in front of you and you flip over your bars, you might want to thank them.

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dont ride on bent cromoly bars that are bent back to their original position. they will break and you will be worse off than you already are.



ruinedbyidiots
05.19.09 - 10:35 am

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First problem: "In spite of the fact that i wasnt wearing my helmet"

wear a helmet.



bondink
05.19.09 - 10:40 am

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I reccomend not favoring your front brakes unless you are a fixie freak.



Joe Borfo
responding to a comment by bondink
05.19.09 - 10:52 am

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theyre old steel. and yes, i'm going to really start wearing my helmet when riding alone, as we all should. i normally dont use my helmet when i ride to work because i have such a short commute, but no trip is too short to get hurt.



tortuga_veloce
05.19.09 - 11:36 am

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http://sheldonbrown.com/brakturn.html

the practice has come to use already, I had to make a few quick stops and I put my weight at the back of the bike almost instinctively. The bike didn't feel like it was about to flip or leaning forwards.



Gav
05.19.09 - 12:00 pm

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"i'm going to really start wearing my helmet when riding alone, as we all should."

So riding in a group is safe? I should start leaving my helmet at home?

Thanks for the advice!



User1
responding to a comment by tortuga_veloce
05.19.09 - 12:07 pm

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I need to practice this.



Joe Borfo
responding to a comment by Gav
05.19.09 - 12:07 pm

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i never use my back brake on a road bike and i have never even been close to flipping over in any panicked situation.



larsenf
responding to a comment by Joe Borfo
05.19.09 - 12:16 pm

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2nd: "yes, i'm going to really start wearing my helmet when riding alone, as we all should."

only wearing a helmet while riding alone. because not wearing one at sayyyy, C.R.A.N.K. MOB, is so safe - think about it.

wear a helmet all the time. seriously. i got my accident over 6 months ago - i still can't lay my head back unless i have a pillow under it. it's still bruised. and if i ever hit that area again - i will die.

AND when i got in my accident - i was wearing my helmet - if i hadn't been, i wouldn't be typing this right now.



bondink
responding to a comment by tortuga_veloce
05.19.09 - 12:59 pm

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i only used to wear a helmet for some group rides, especially fast rides. always wear a helmet.



tortuga_veloce
responding to a comment by bondink
05.19.09 - 1:20 pm

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Wear one all the time, you never know when you'll have to go into "shock-trooper" mode against some young punks in a riced-out Sonoma.



bentstrider
05.19.09 - 1:59 pm

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Once you lock it, you're ok!





User1
responding to a comment by bentstrider
05.19.09 - 2:38 pm

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Aihh!!



bentstrider
responding to a comment by User1
05.19.09 - 2:54 pm

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that's exactly what i was thinking.

i'd like to be able to ride without a helmet, but between the douchebags on the major streets, the morons on the residentials, and the retarded dog-walkers standing five abreast on the bike paths there's no where safe in this whole damn city.

hey, there's an idea! start ticketing the retards walking on the culver blvd bike path, which is right next to a pedestrian walkway. the only visible trace that the sidewalk is used are all the skid marks from people wiping out trying to avoid people on the bike path.

the city would be able to retain all those jobs and have enough left over for more bike lanes and more opportunities to write tickets!

but i digress. i suppose i'd be thinking a little straighter if i had been wearing my helmet yesterday.

...what?



tortuga_veloce
responding to a comment by bentstrider
05.19.09 - 3:03 pm

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that's not funny.

wear your helmet. period.



bondink
responding to a comment by tortuga_veloce
05.19.09 - 3:05 pm

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I'm currently recovering from a scary ass head injury. Someone buy me a helmet so I can ride again. =



monovsstereo
05.19.09 - 5:42 pm

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