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Some guy just got hit outside of my office...

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  1. Prettym1k3

    Prettym1k3 Turbo Monkey

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    So, after my daily run to Target, I'm making a right hand turn into my office when I see a guy with what looks to be a nice road bike limping around, screaming into his phone. Obviously, he got hit by a car, I think to myself.

    So I walk over to him, and ask him if he needs help. He says he's fine, it was a hit and run, and he'll be okay. Police were already in route, but he was too dazed to grab the license plate off of the silver Lexus that hit him.

    Anyway, he asks if I can take a look at his bike which has Mavic Cosmo wheels, and a full Ultegra package. He tells me he's pissed because he just bought the bike. I look closer, and it looks to be a LOOK 585 frame with a newly cracked seat-stay on the non-drive side. "Looks like you're in for a new frame, man," I say... feeling bad for having to break the bad news to him.

    Dang... everyone... be careful on the road please.
     

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  2. LordOpie

    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    What? Why?
     
  3. eaterofdog

    eaterofdog ass grabber

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    Someone needs to pull the driver out of the car LA style.
     
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    r464 Turbo Monkey

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    Damn, I hope that they find out who the hell was driving the car.
     
  5. James

    James Carbon Porn Star

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    We had a drive-by in front of my old office once, dude was in the exit lane on the 91 freeway, and they got him with an AK47. He coasted to a stop right in front of our building. Ah, LA...
     
  6. MTBstud12

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    That's the one thing i fear more than anything when out on my road bike... Drivers are just ignorant to the fact they do NOT own the road... I have had my close calls and it's not fun... The trails are so much safer, well to an extent. If you get injured it's more than likely operator error!
     
  7. LordOpie

    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    Take the lane. Be visible. Assume you're invisible.

    I've logged 1000s of miles, had close calls, but you don't have to be afraid or get hit.

    Want to improve your road biking safety? Take a motorcycle class.
     
  8. BigMike

    BigMike BrokenbikeMike

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    Yeah, why the hell do you go to target daily??

    And it sucks about the bike, but at least he's OK!
     
  9. hooples3

    hooples3 Fuggetaboutit!

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    stupid people driving cars suck.. and they just dont care..everyone be careful out there
     
  10. Nick

    Nick My name is Nick

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    Absolutey.
     
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    Thanks man! Never really thought of it that way. I always feel like I need to move out of there way!
     
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    cruise your parking lot for silver Lexus's and see if there are any with damage.
     
  13. MTBstud12

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    Find him and I'll be glad to let him borrow my road bike so i can strike him! wait...

    I'm not that shallow, or ignorant
     
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    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    Another way to think of it is this...

    If you're in their way, they'll notice you. The only way they'll hit you, if they see you, is on purpose. So few people on the planet will intentionally run you down.

    Conversely, you've got a 1000x as many people who'll hit you cuz they didn't notice you.
     
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    Very good point, I wanna say every article I read about a car/bike accident the persons excuse is "I didn't even see them"
     
  16. FrontRangeDH

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    This made me far less scared to ride road. Make them go around. I have a friend whose gotten hit twice and both times were hit and runs and he was riding the side line of the road, right at the edge and probably wasnt seen.
     
  17. LordOpie

    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    Wanna be super safe? Get a very powerful tail light and set it to pulse-flash.

    I got...



    You can find it regularly for $125 on Nashbar.

    It's powerful enough to illuminate the area around curves, buildings, hills. I use it during the day too and notice that cars consistently give me more room.
     
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    awesome man! so do you put it on your seatpost?
     
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    Oh, I want to emphasize... if you're riding close to the edge of the road, most accidents are NOT because they didn't see you, but rather, they miss judged spacing. This is especially true on two-lane roads or in heavier traffic.

    Take the lane:
    -- when it's narrow.
    -- when a right-turn lane is opening in front of you
    -- when there's debris, obstacles or broken road ahead.
    -- when you're approaching parked cars and a car door may open up
    -- when cars are tailgating each other... a car will pass you safely, next car has less reaction time so he barely misses you. Third car has zero reaction time and he hits you.

    you get the idea :)
     
  20. LordOpie

    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    Yup. It's as bright (maybe brighter) than a motorcycle taillight.

    I know there are other lights on the market that are really good too, but not sure what.
     
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    Thanks so much for the advice dude! much appreciated! Ride Hard! Ride Safe!
     
  22. Prettym1k3

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    I go to Target daily because, we'll, it's awesome.

    And I needed things. And it's 2 two blocks from my office.
     
  23. MTBstud12

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    I think of Target as an upscale Wal-mart, and I hate Wal-mart.
     
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    I agree to this. Just yesterday I had a close call with a semi. Damn thing passed by so close I almost browned my shorts. He passed at EXACTLY the tightest spot on the road, where a turn lane merges with the thru traffic. No bike lane, and I was ON the white line, with a 4" inch drop off the pavement and a broken "hole" of pavement extending into the road. Worst possible moment for a car, let alone an 18-wheeler, to pass.

    Next time, I'm going to be IN the lane through that section.
     
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    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    Does your fiancee know that you're flirting with a Target clerk daily?
     
  26. MTBstud12

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    Wow! Thats insane! I had a semi force me to ride the rummble strips one day he was so close, after honking at me... Maybe he was jealous he couldn't fit into tights...period
     
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    Agreed, remember the four golden rules of Two wheels on roadways.

    1. You ARE invisible. PERIOD

    2. If they can, They WILL....

    3. Always Have two escape paths....

    4. you are the ONLY one responsible for your own safety
     
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    My best tool on the road bike is a helmet mirror. I take lanes, but I also know what's behind me at most times.
     
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    You want to be more than just visible. You want to be recognizable. If look confusing to the driver of a car they will look at you longer trying to figure out what they are looking at. We all no what happens on a trail when we look or stare at something...you hit it. This is more of a problem at dusk and at night. So take the lane or make your self something that is seen and quickly recognized so the driver can go back to watching where they really want to be going.
     
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    Spoken like someone who also rides a motorcycle :)
     
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    I think the scariest moment(in hindsight) that I've had on a bike was two semis side by side passing me in the rain. The shoulder in that section was only about a foot at most.* The wind from the one in my 'lane' blew me off the road. I had to lock up the rear and ended plowing through a wet anthill about 8" high. I ended up saving it and kept on riding.



    *It is amazing in Texas that when you cross a county line how the road changes. It went from a 6' wide shoulder to 12" in a foot.
     
  32. MTBstud12

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    That same thing happens coming into walker county on Highway 30. You go from having literally to be on the paint or the rumble strips to a nice smooooooth 6 foot wide shoulder