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November 6, 2004, 12:32 PM

Well it happened, first time going down on a bike... To have it happen to you is a humbling experience if you can get up and walk away from it. It was a stupid mistake on my part, really really dumb. I keep going through the whole thing in my head. So i'm making a left onto the dulles toll road during rush hour. At this point everything i'm doing is pretty routine, made this turn many times before. well as i come into the turn as i'm leaning the bike over to make the turn i get this feeling like the bike is going to slide out from underneath me. I think in my mind i sorts freaked at that point and jerked the bike back over to keep me from lowsiding, unfortunately the end result is that i lost control of my bike and i ended up highsiding. Next thing i know i'm in the air and i'm about to hit the pavement with my hand stretched out. my left wrist took the brunt of the force, with my right leg also provided some stopping assistance. I was wearing all my gear tho, from boots, to textile pants, to leather jacket, gloves, helmet. All that crap saved me a lot of pain and medical bills that's for damn sure. gloves, jacket and my helmet gots some rash. As for me, my wrist hurts and my leg hurts a little, but otherwise am ok. ego is bruised quite a bit tho. Bike is also fairly ok, a little rash on the left side (thank goodness for frame sliders), needs a new brake lever, and the pieces that connects the brake resivior (sp?) to the brake system snapped into two.

stupid thing is, this was totally my fault. man i feel like such a squid.


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November 6, 2004, 01:02 PM

Glad to hear you are alright. It sucks going down but the bike is ok. The best advice I can give is learn and move on.
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November 6, 2004, 01:05 PM

dude, its alright man.. no worries, important thing is your okay.. weve all been down... it sucks.. and everytime you do a lil asphualt surfing you learn something..

as for the confidence thing.. yeah.. i agree w/ ya there.. i had that issue too.. but ya get over it.. last spill that i had.. hadnt slowed me down any..

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November 6, 2004, 01:06 PM

Yep. Sometimes they get a mind of their own and just wanna spit you off.

It happens.

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November 6, 2004, 01:54 PM

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Yep. Sometimes they get a mind of their own and just wanna spit you off.
I'm not to sure about that^

Glad you're okay. Another lesson learned is how I look at mine.
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November 6, 2004, 03:46 PM

Glad to hear you're ok. I got a little scared when I read "..and i'm about to hit the pavement with my hand stretched out...", I'm glad you didn't break your wrist or arm! Good to hear the gear worked, but even better that you came out with just bumps and bruses.

Next time I see ya, remind me about your spill and I'll buy you a drink to celebrate the fact that you came out ok. Its a thing I do.


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November 6, 2004, 04:03 PM

Yeah....The School of hard knocks can be a bitch sometimes. I do, however, stongly recommend you drop that course.

Glad you are O.K. Sounds like the bike didn't fair that bad either.

Thanks for having the courage to post that story and enough common sense not to try to fix blame or ask everybody their opinions on what they think you should have done different.

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November 6, 2004, 07:34 PM

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stupid thing is, this was totally my fault. man i feel like such a squid.
instead of feeling like a squid, remember that ure human and that you make mistakes. this mistake, you walked away from fairly intact and nobody else got hurt.

actually heard about this and tried to get in touch with finch so I could call you, but she don;t answer her phone!

anyway, glad to hear you're alright and that you'll be around for another ride someday soon.


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November 6, 2004, 11:52 PM

I'm glad you're alright!! Take it as a learning expirence and it sounds like you are. Today, I literally laid my bike down. I was at the gas station and was too tired and weak (ran 12 miles this morning) to catch my bike, so I just jumped off and tried to break the fall of the bike. Still had the break and clutch on when it was down. A lot more minor than yours, but every mistake is a learning expirence and it humbles you.
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November 7, 2004, 08:47 AM

been there and done that im just glad your ok and back in the saddle....


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November 7, 2004, 09:19 AM

glad to hear your ok , how fast was the spill , and was there any oil or slippery stuff on the rd you think might of contributed to the accident. also glad you were dressed for the crash and not the ride as they say, i need to break down and get some pants for the street .


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November 7, 2004, 11:23 AM

glad your good and able to let us know about the incident. sorry it happened, but atleast you walked away. from the way you described everything in the thread.......you dont sound like a squid, you sound like a smart rider, who was dressed for the occassion...
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I have a lot of respect for you as a person and a rider. Some people will fall and not say a word because it's not supposed to happen to then. I've watched alot of pros fall and we can all learn from everyone. Thanks for being honest and I'm glad you can walk away to ride another day

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Well it happened, first time going down on a bike... To have it happen to you is a humbling experience if you can get up and walk away from it. It was a stupid mistake on my part, really really dumb. I keep going through the whole thing in my head. So i'm making a left onto the dulles toll road during rush hour. At this point everything i'm doing is pretty routine, made this turn many times before. well as i come into the turn as i'm leaning the bike over to make the turn i get this feeling like the bike is going to slide out from underneath me. I think in my mind i sorts freaked at that point and jerked the bike back over to keep me from lowsiding, unfortunately the end result is that i lost control of my bike and i ended up highsiding. Next thing i know i'm in the air and i'm about to hit the pavement with my hand stretched out. my left wrist took the brunt of the force, with my right leg also provided some stopping assistance. I was wearing all my gear tho, from boots, to textile pants, to leather jacket, gloves, helmet. All that crap saved me a lot of pain and medical bills that's for damn sure. gloves, jacket and my helmet gots some rash. As for me, my wrist hurts and my leg hurts a little, but otherwise am ok. ego is bruised quite a bit tho. Bike is also fairly ok, a little rash on the left side (thank goodness for frame sliders), needs a new brake lever, and the pieces that connects the brake resivior (sp?) to the brake system snapped into two.

stupid thing is, this was totally my fault. man i feel like such a squid.
Tom don't beat your self up! You're an excellent and responsible rider. Important thing is you're ok!

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November 7, 2004, 09:07 PM

thanks all for you words, although it was rather a minor crash in comparison to some others, regardless its given me a large appreciation for gear, the sport in general an everything around me.

I'd say i was probably going around 25, but i don't remember anything in my path that would of caused me to slip or anything. At this point i'm going to chalk the feeling of almost falling, panicing and then falling as a learning experience, and live to ride another day!


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