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09-14-2007 09:42 PM  10 years agoPost 1
helibill

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I'm kind of bummed out right now because I just made my rideable roadbike unrideable.

I'm bored so I will give you guys the whole story. I have always been into riding bikes and I had a decent kona with front suspension. I soon got into downhill biking because I like doing tricks and jumps and trails. I bought a SWEET downhill bike off ebay from a guy near me. I got it for 2900 and the bike was around 5000-6000 new since he put upgrades on it. He would ride theb ike for a season and sell it so this gave me a chance to get into the sport. Unfortunately the closest downhill hill is 2 hours away in blue mountain. My parents would have to drive me so I couldn't go all too often. I loved the speed and the trails were amazing. Soon I persuaded my dad to buy a downhill bike and he did. I had many crashes that I was amazed that I did not get hurt. Going down a steep hill and hitting a root or tree will send you flying a long way but I was suited in full body armor. I eventually crashed into a tree and flew into a thorn bush. When I was leaving there was an intense piercing pain in my left forearm and a little tiny hole. It stung for a while then it went away. I figured if there was something in there it would come out. Nothing came out and the hole healed over. MOnths later I notice a bump growing on my arm. It got to the size of a large marble and I went to the doctors office to get it checked out. I wanted it removed so they sent me to the WALK-IN clinic to get it removed. There was a retired surgeon (because he was over WELL over 65) there that could do it for me. He froze my arm with a needle and took a scalpel and made a nice 3/4 inch incision. Then he took some medical pliers and grabbed it but its n ot like you could just pull it out. it was attached to everything. He cut and pulled little tiny pieceso out for 20 min or more. He showed me what he removed when he was done and I was like wtf, thers no way that is whats in my arm (I did not tell him this though). He pulledo ut about 1/100 of what wasi n my arm. He sewed me up and sent me home and I touched the wound and I could feel AND visiblly see the large bump. Now I'm left with a cyst thats been ripped apart by a doctor and a large scar. Months after that I finally went to the hospital and had to get put under for them to take it out. The doctor told me he would take out the old scar and make the new scar clean. The old one grew to be about 3/4 inch long and 1/2 inch WIDE. ANyways the surgeons removed the cyst and now I have a nice1 inch scar over the other one. Abotu a year later I have the biggest F'n scar ever. It is so wide which is what they said they would fix. I'm not complaing because I'm a guy and scars are cool and its a good story. Meanwhile I was downhill biking and I hit a tree and fell 20 feet or so since the hill was basicall a cliff. I put my hands out and they bent back and I had an intense amount of pain. The pain was so bad that I couldnt move for 30 seconds. Then I said "walk it off pussy" in my head and I got on my bike and raod down the hill. We went home after that because my dad hit a tree and broke his helemet on the same day and had blood coming from his ear. My wrist pain went down but 1 week later I went to the doctors. My normal doctor was away so we went to another wlak in. He felt it and said I think you need to go to the hospital because its a scaphoid fracture. (very smart doctor) I had multiple x rays and none of them showed anything. They finally injected me with lead and did one of those cool scans and they were able to see the break. I ended up being in this cast for 3 months. I had no idea how serious this break was. I could have had permanent hand damage and pain lasting me my life.After the cast was off I couldn't bend my hand back far without crazy pain for about a year. It s a couple years later and my hand is pretty much back to normal. I attribute this to the fact that I'm young and heal better then you old guys reading this SO I couldn't ride my bike for a long time and havnt really road it since so I've got a 2003 norco team shore with shivers in basically perfect condition which I plan to keep. Why sell when you have a mint bike? resale is terrible. I bought a norco 604 for street biking around town. I banged my wrists so bad I would get pain that wouldnt go away for a month. SO now I needed a cheap bike to go to university as Im not going to take my downhill or streetbike as they will get stolen. I bought a 1980's road bike for 250$. Sweet bike but it had so much grime from 20 years of use. It was owned firstly by a bike racer and then he sold it to an undercover cop who never used it which is who we bought it from. I took it out for a spin and man is it FAST. I cleaned it up faily well but I new I would eventually have to disassemble it to clean in the nooks and crannies. It's got a speedometer which makes me go crazy. There was a car at a stop sign and I was there to. I floored it and the car just drove beside me. There is nothing like biking beside a moving car. The fastest speed i got up to while racing the car was 46 km/h. Hopefully I will eventually get up to 50 but I don't want to where a speedo. I am very agile on my streetbike but on the raod bike, it basically goes straight and thats it. The breaks don't stop me fast and turning is terrible. The wlak sign says cross so I start biking across while in my toe clips. Some women turns right in front of me and almost runs me over before she stops. I point and the sign that says for me to walk and pop her the finger. Since its friday I had time off school to clean my bike. i took the back wheel off and started degreasing. I wanted to take the sprockets all apart but I've never done this before as it would be easier for me to clean them. I eventually pull an axle out and some ball bearings fall out. WTF, why are there ball bearings in there that are not secured by anything. I'm used to my heli bearings that are enclosed in a metal case. I couldn't get the bearigns lined up because they were just held on by grease and I dont have any grease and you would probably need a special tool to get theb all bearings back in their place. Anyways I put the axle back through but there is a grindings noise. I figure the bearings will work their way back into their original spot. Did I mention my main drive gear is an oval shaped. WTF. I forgot to look at how its oriented when I took that off. Before it would give me my most speed by pushing down on the pedal but I put it down wrong and now Ican barely bike because it gives the most power when my foot is coming up. Also derailers are a ****. Whenever I take them off I end up takign to bike to a bike shop to get them to put it back on. I got the derailer back on but unfrotunately it won't go to its highest gear, W/e I can live with that as the other gears dont work. Thats why I was cleaning it in hopes of being able to change my gears. I take this 20 year old bike for a spin that looks VERY clean now by the way. My rear wheel lockups up and is rubbinging to a stop against my frame. I'm like WTF come on. I'm not a bike mechanic but I don't know how to fix that. I'm going to take it to the bike shop in 10 days to get it fixed. But seriously, motorists need to watch out for bikers. I'm so sick of almost getting hit by a car when I'm corssing a street at the walk sign. Hopefully if your car hits me, my bike will do as much damage as possible to your car. I will also have back pains and other symptoms. See you in court. I need a helmet cam so I can catch these crazy drivers. I had my raodbike last week on the road. It was 1 lane because of construction. I normally bike on the sidwalk btu I was forced to drive on the raod. I wanted for a red light so I could get as far as possible without the cars coming. That didn[t work because a car just turned right and tail gated me. I was going 35 km/h and the guy tailgated me. This 20 year old bike could fall apart any second and he would run me over. All he hhad to do was wait about 10 seconds while I got to another road so I could be out of his way.

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09-14-2007 09:56 PM  10 years agoPost 2
Herc

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Damn...I'm out of breath reading that, and my head hurts!

I've been hit twice by motorists passing me and making a right turn. Once was at 50km/hr and I sailed over the trunk. The second one I grabbed the side of the car and rode it out until I ran out of pavement and up the curb. People definitely don't know how fast you're going and that you're keeping up with the flow of traffic.

Good luck with the recovery and repairs.

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09-14-2007 10:39 PM  10 years agoPost 3
helibill

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I'm all better now, I just had to get my frustration out. I apologize for the massive paragraph and rambling

I think the solution to this is to make more bicycle paths beside the roads. People don't realize how fast bikes can get you around town. I can probably get downtown faster than if I were to drive and you don't have to worry about parking,plus it's good for you.

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09-15-2007 12:38 PM  10 years agoPost 4
bagobitz

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I think the solution to this is to make more bicycle paths beside the roads.
NAH! I think the solutions are as follows:-
Learn the definition of "walk" and OBEY the traffic signal!

Ditto "sideWALK"..It's for PEDESTRIANS, not bloody selfish cyclists

find a library-it will have a book on "how to repair/maintain a bike

maybe the juvenile section will have a "how it works"-"bycicle"

Seriously! at 10 Y.O. I could dismantle and rebuild a bike...
you're how old?--and stupid and irrisponsible enough to chuck all the bits in, expecting them to go to their allocated positions/adjustments by MAGIC ?

riding an unroadworthy heap of junk and expecting the world and it's dog to keep out of YOUR way shows conceit beyond belief.

yes'you're bloody lucky you didn't CAUSE a major accident
I'm all better now, I just had to get my frustration out. I apologize for the massive paragraph and rambling
Me, too
-sorry, been both sides of the fence and amazed at the total lack of cyclist's roadcraft nowadays.

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09-15-2007 05:43 PM  10 years agoPost 5
helibill

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As of sept 10, I am an adult - 18.

So your saying instead of riding on the sidewalks and using the cross walk I should be on the road? There are no pedestrians where I sue the sidewalk, it's not like its downtown newyork.

You want me to bike on the road?! WTF. I would go about 20 kmh and have 100 cars lined up behind me. Thats ridiculous and dangerous.

I have another biking story from last night. I took my norco 604 out for a spin to the local oublic school where I went. I was practicing some tricks and I noticed fresh grafiti. The big one was a gang sign but others said "fuc k the po-lice". I left because I didn't want to be around that if a cop showed up. This was 10pm at night. On my way home a 4 door white car drove by me and yelled " f ags". There was a large hill and a stop sign at the end of it. I raced down theh ill after the car and just as they were turning left I rode in front of them and popped the figner and yelled "f uc k you". The car turned left and cut me off and did a u turn around me and went back up the hill they came. meanwhile there were 2 other cars coming at us. I was minding my own business and these kids come and yell profanity at me. Right when I wasi n frotn of them I noticed a female was driving but there was a male and probably 2 other passengers as well. I could have been run over because of their stupid u turn.

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09-15-2007 05:57 PM  10 years agoPost 6
Herc

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Don't think you're quite there yet as far as adulthood (Re: your other biking story). Seems like you've got some maturing to do. Isn't the legal age in Ontario 19?

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09-15-2007 07:47 PM  10 years agoPost 7
bagobitz

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Nah! you could have been run over cos you thought a kid on a bike could be "hard"enough to take on a bunch of thugs in a car.

the only sensible judgement you appear to have made,is leaving a "rough" area where graffiti-artists had"marked their turf"
(but you were stupid being there that late at night, anyway)

nothing wrong with WHEELING (IE pushing) your bike on a walkway, but ,if you chose to RIDE across the path of a motorist who ONLY needed to cede right-of-way to Pedestrians....
Footpaths are for walkers,blind and disabled people. not oiks who think anarchic selfisness gives them the right to make their own rulebook.
live in a civilisation?-live by it's rules!

OK, if the pavement/sidewalk is deserted AND the road is busy AND too narrow to allow the passing of a COMPETENTLY ridden bicycle, it seems reasonable to use that area BUT it's also reasonable to VACATE it when nearing pedestrians and observe the rules when going on the road- you can't expect to pick and mix on the laws-you're either on foot OR on wheels..blind eyes ARE turned,abuse the tolerance and there will me a major clamp-down on ALL cyclists.

rant over...read Herc's comments.

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09-15-2007 07:50 PM  10 years agoPost 8
MPA

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my dad hit a tree and broke his helemet on the same day and had blood coming from his ear
Looks like you are following in your dads footsteps.

He and you make a great team.

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09-15-2007 10:51 PM  10 years agoPost 9
wlfk

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Believe it or not, cyclists who ride on shared-use pavements and on bike lanes are more likely to be hit by cars than cyclists who ride on the roads. The reasoning goes that most accidents happen when passing junctions. If you ride on the pavement / sidewalk, you still have to cross the junctions, but you're riding in a position where drivers aren't as likely to see you, so you have more accidents.

Per passenger mile, cyclists kill about 50% as many pedestrians as cars do. There are lots of reasons why this isn't a fair comparison - cyclists do a proportionately higher distance on the pavement, for example. And bikes tend to be used in the same areas / routes as pedestrians walk. But it still underlines the point that bikes aren't harmless.

For some links:

http://www.cyclecraft.co.uk/digest/research.html
http://www.johnforester.com/

K

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09-16-2007 12:48 AM  10 years agoPost 10
helibill

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I had fun chasing the car and no harm was done period

The problem is no one treats a bicycle as a vehicle. I recently did my drivers training program and will get my G2 next month and no one has ever told me much about bicycles.

How come bicycles are allowed on the road without a license while a car must have a license.

When I drive I hate bicycles on the road because I fear they will bike in front of me. I also do not like passing them because there are usually oncoming cars.

Why am I not allowed to bike at 10 pm? I do not understand this at all. There are no rules saying I can't.

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09-16-2007 01:21 AM  10 years agoPost 11
wlfk

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The answer is to ride assertively, which for most people means riding further from the pavement than they're used to. You can even ride in the center of the road to stop people squeezing past, if there's no room for them to overtake safely. This forces drivers to pay you proper attention. Incidentally, it's quite rare to be hit by drivers passing from behind.

As for slowing people up... It's nice of you to worry, but your first responsibility is not to get yourself killed.

One answer is to ride on smaller roads - people pootling about at 20mph in residential areas aren't going to be as inconvenienced as people who want to do 60 on major routes. Another answer is to ride on larger roads: wider lanes mean that it's easier for people to overtake you. And sometimes visibility's better (they can see you from further back).

K

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09-16-2007 01:26 AM  10 years agoPost 12
wlfk

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Why are you not allowed to bike at 10pm? I certainly do in the UK. Cycling accidents are much higher at night, so it's maybe not wise.

Why are pedestrians not required to take walking licenses? Why are truck drivers required to take extra tests and have medicals?

Cyclists can cause crashes; even fatal ones. But so can dogs. Or deer. I half-remember a statistic from the UK that out of several hundred fatal cycling accidents, only one had involved the driver of a car being killed. I'm glad I learned to drive, as it helps me cycle better. But it's important not to restrict people disproportionately.

K

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09-16-2007 01:42 AM  10 years agoPost 13
Pistol Pete

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10pm at night
car drove by me and yelled " f ags".
I rode in front of them and popped the figner and yelled "f uc k you".
I could have been run over because of their stupid u turn.
analyzing bike vs car...hmmmmm.
I was minding my own business and these kids come and yell profanity at me.
keep working at it...kid

~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~

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09-16-2007 01:47 AM  10 years agoPost 14
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geIsWq5xOSE

you should try one of these instead

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09-16-2007 01:47 AM  10 years agoPost 15
wlfk

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Florida's the only part of the US I've ever been to and I walked everywhere and got yelled at a lot in the same sort of way. Daytime or nightime. I never worked it out...

Next trip will be to NY, I think.

K

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09-16-2007 01:52 AM  10 years agoPost 16
bagobitz

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Why am I not allowed to bike at 10 pm? I
There are no rules saying I can't.
you just answered your own ASSUMPTION

COMMONSENSE dictates keeping out of ghettoised and less salubrious areas, ESPECIALLY at night,when you're more likely to be beaten up/mugged/robbed etc.
you think you can take on a gang of feral thugs,-go for it.
darwin will select the best genes to go forward.

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09-16-2007 01:59 AM  10 years agoPost 17
wlfk

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COMMONSENSE dictates keeping out of ghettoised and less salubrious areas, ESPECIALLY at night,when you're more likely to be beaten up/mugged/robbed etc.
you think you can take on a gang of feral thugs,-go for it.
darwin will select the best genes to go forward.
Somewhere there's gotta be a happy medium between being daft and running scared.

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09-16-2007 01:59 AM  10 years agoPost 18
Pistol Pete

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Florida's the only part of the US I've ever been to and I walked everywhere and got yelled at a lot in the same sort of way.
could it be the way you ride your bike or walk?

just teasing...common sense does tend to keep you alive longer.

~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~

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09-16-2007 02:10 AM  10 years agoPost 19
wlfk

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Could it be the way you walk?
No offence taken; but it's a reasonable question. I've a friend who worked in FL for a while and got yelled at too. I'm afraid we agreed it was one of our overriding memories of the US, which is sad as there is a lot to like about the country.

His theory is that it's cos nobody walks any distance in Florida, and even his friends thought it eccentric. I remember meeting someone who had driven to a parking lot that he then walked around for exercise. Some stereotypes are (at least partly) true. Here, anyone who yelled at every pedestrian would quickly get hoarse.

Maybe it's cos we're both scientists.

K

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09-16-2007 02:16 AM  10 years agoPost 20
kryptik

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I used to bike almost everywhere I went, so this is not coming from someone who has never been on a bicycle. I see bicyclists run red lights, weave in and out of traffic, ride against traffic, ride on sidewalks, and do pretty much everything they are not supposed to do...then jump up and down wanting respect on the road. If you want me to treat you like a slow, improperly lit car, act like one. However if I finally manage to get around you only to be stopped by a light, have you ride in between cars or around on the sidewalk only to put me back behind you, expect the middle finger on the way past, and hope like hell I give you breathing room as I do it...

If everyone is thinking alike, someone isn't ...

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