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Went out for my usual 25 mile loop. I exited one side of the river bed path to go to the side which connects down to the beach. As I'm threading myself through the bars that prevent larger vehicles to get on the paths, I got hung up.

Slo-mo. Hand comes out to grab the post but the weight shift cause the bike to go backwards...I lean a bit more and in so doing, I'm now going backwards and tipping over. Down I go but the side I was falling was a dirt embankment. Thump...and to prevent the new CF techno wonder from getting thrashed, I push it up and slide down on my back. The embankment is about 10-12 feet but my slide was about 4-5 feet of loose dried weeds and other trash. It wasn't soft BTW. I come to a stop, one foot clipped in and bike above me. Click out, pick myself up while spitting out the mouthful of dried whatever from my face. I wipe off and take inventory...just a slight scrape on my arm, bike ok. :) I pedal on and compete the loop and it felt good.

I told wife I fell and blah-blah. I prepare to hop into the shower and wife is saying WTF happened...look at yourself! Back is all scratched, hip is equally scratched up and I have a baseball sized blue bruise developing on my shin. The water hits me and it stings like a mo-fo. <sigh>

The only amusing thing was the weeds hanging out of one of the pockets. :cornut: The other ironic part is every new bike I get, I somehow manage to initiate it very soon. Now I won't be afraid to really ride it. :rolleyes5:
 

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Crashes/falls are always the same for me... more embarrassing than harmful. Sounds like for you too. :lol:

Only two I can remember involved some fool who panic-braked in front of me in a group ride, and another one that was entirely my fault (was girl-watching and side-swiped a very bizarrely-placed pole in front of a park).

Oh, and a badly misadjusted/loose cleat once caused me not to be able to clip out in time at a stop... the ultimate slo-mo keel-over. Must've been ultra-hilarious for anyone watching, but no one seemed to be. ;)


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Do I understand correctly?

to prevent the new CF techno wonder from getting thrashed, I push it up and slide down on my back
To prevent damage to your bike, you deliberately suffered increased injury to your body?

To each his own, but my priorities would have been different
 

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SystemShock said:
(was girl-watching and side-swiped a very bizarrely-placed pole in front of a park).
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Oh man that had to be imbarrassing... :p

I do the same thing.. girl watching i mean... it's really hard not to sometimes...
 

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Ha Ha girl watching

SystemShock said:
Crashes/falls are always the same for me... more embarrassing than harmful. Sounds like for you too. :lol:

Only two I can remember involved some fool who panic-braked in front of me in a group ride, and another one that was entirely my fault (was girl-watching and side-swiped a very bizarrely-placed pole in front of a park).

Oh, and a badly misadjusted/loose cleat once caused me not to be able to clip out in time at a stop... the ultimate slo-mo keel-over. Must've been ultra-hilarious for anyone watching, but no one seemed to be. ;)


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Been there, done that. Was checking out a girl in a bikini who was walking down a country rode...?? I looked at her, she looked at me, my bike headed for a crack in the road. I went down. Not hard, but embarrassingly. I jumped up quickly to let her know I was OK...or the keep my ego intact. As it turns out, this stupid 40 year old man (me) was painfully caught checking out a 17 year old girl. Shameless.

The real question is: Was it worth it?? Remember, pain only lasts for a few minutes or hours, but the memory of my stupidity last forever!! Ah....memories.....
 

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JCavilia said:
To prevent damage to your bike, you deliberately suffered increased injury to your body?

To each his own, but my priorities would have been different


that's often the case... first thing to hear after people crash is commonly "how's my bike?"
 

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JCavilia said:
To prevent damage to your bike, you deliberately suffered increased injury to your body?

To each his own, but my priorities would have been different
I have to go with Kuma on this one. My scratches heal for free, if I lose the bike before I get 200 miles on it, I may be out of the sport for a while...:(
 

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I have to go with Kuma on this one. My scratches heal for free, if I lose the bike before I get 200 miles on it, I may be out of the sport for a while...:(
Nucking futz (IMHO :)
 

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JCavilia said:
To prevent damage to your bike, you deliberately suffered increased injury to your body?

To each his own, but my priorities would have been different
As tell my Girl Friend when I get home after an MTB crash...

I heal myself, the bike doesn't... she does not get it either, but that's OK:cool:

It is a priority that differs form your own, but I think it just means some of us like to keep our possessions looking clean and new. If people did not feel this way we would not need automotive body shops, or home improvement stores...:rolleyes:
 

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heh, it's funny, all my crashes save one have been at relatively low speeds, and even that one was probably only about 15mph. the rest have been dumb tipping over, losing control type things. ah well, guess it's for the best.
 

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I'm sore today. Ankle, hip, shin, back...the night was rough because once I found a position, I couldn't move. If I have more incidents like this, I'd better start wearing shoulder pads, wrist braces... :)

I initially thought I'd snagged/torn my shorts and jersey...ones 6 showing...:blush2:
 

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Been there, done that. Was checking out a girl in a bikini who was walking down a country rode...?? I looked at her, she looked at me, my bike headed for a crack in the road. I went down. Not hard, but embarrassingly. I jumped up quickly to let her know I was OK...or the keep my ego intact. As it turns out, this stupid 40 year old man (me) was painfully caught checking out a 17 year old girl. Shameless.

The real question is: Was it worth it?? Remember, pain only lasts for a few minutes or hours, but the memory of my stupidity last forever!! Ah....memories.....
At the risk of sounding like a shameless perv... I really don't see anything wrong with that. You were only looking. :thumbsup:



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