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    Been riding bikes all my life and commuted to work for 45 years. Road solo across the US in 1998.
    Keeps my type 1 diabetes under control and makes me smile and stay fit. Raced and coached for 15 years and made Cat2 classification.

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    Just went in the other day to look for a new ride. Looking at the Specalized line up Crave Expert. My old GT is starting to go and compared to the newer stuff the frame is getting heavy to lug around these days. Hopefully will have soon so can be out riding in the next few weeks.
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    Yes, I am a cyclist. Used to be hardcore. Not for sport, just for fun. Back in the day, I would commute 68 miles a day and then go ride for a couple of hours down at the local park. I would hop on my bike and go from Springfield, VA and end up out at the George Washington National Forest. Same thing with Matthews, NC to Greensboro. Ridden up and down the coast of California [loved Black's Beach BTW *winks*] and all around the state of Washington. I rode my bicycle to all of my schools then to college. I have had touring bikes, BMX bikes, race bikes and mountain bikes and still have all of my bike tools to completely disassemble a bike and rebuild it from scratch. I have been clocked at 57 miles per hour on Hwy 74 here in Charlotte, NC. Been hit by a dozen or more vehicles throughout my travels, smacked the side of a van who did not stop at a stop sign @ around 40mph, been hit by three buses, shot at, beer bottles, rocks and books thrown at me, skinned [or shall I say "deskinned"] the entire left side of my leg and buttocks, ridden on plenty of iced over lakes, been 15' up in the air on a jump, racked myself countless times, rode so hard and long on one trip, my muscles ripped the skin on my quads......oh, some of the stories I could tell......250,000+ miles are on these legs. I'm sure you imagine what scenarios can happen riding all of those miles.....

    I currently only have two bikes. An old school Cannondale Delta Killer-V [polished Aluminum] that has been completely customized and a Trek 4500 that the wife rides.

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    Crashing. Yes we hate to remember those crashes.

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    Oh, that reminds me. I had two crashes that still stick out in my mind. Not from vehicles crashing into me though. It's me crashing into something alive.

    The first and most painful memory was when my buddy Jason and I were racing through our old neighborhood in Springfield, VA and we passed a dog that was just chilling on the sidewalk, unleashed. As we came around the corner [going downhill at a very fast clip] the dog could not decide which bike to chase after. He started going after Jason which put him into dangerously close proximity to me and when he got close to me, he changed course and I hit him at full speed right in the ribs. He changed directions so fast that I didn't really have time to hit the brakes. All I remember from that point was watching his body wrap around my front tire, his head hitting my front forks, then smacking the corner of the curb. I'll never forget the sound of that "crack". Of course at this point, I was already airborne and upside down. My memory stopped when I hit my head on the sidewalk. The next thing I know, I'm waking up in the hospital. I was OK, just a little bruised. The bike was totaled and we ended up locating the owner of the dog about a week later. Turned out that the dog had passed away three days after the accident from brain injuries.

    The second one was at McAlpine Park down here in Charlotte. Two of my friends and I were flying down the paths on a beautiful Saturday afternoon when the paths opened up and cut through a field. On each side of this field was a soccer field and between each soccer field, there was about 200' of nothing but lawn. In front of us, we noticed a pack of people walking and started to warn them from far away that we were about to pass. Well, the people started to bunch together and make way for us to go around them but when they started doing this, a 4 year old girl freaked out and started running as fast as her little heart could make her run straight toward our path. I noticed her coming at a fast pace toward us but one of my buddies was off looking at the Geese that were off to our left. Unfortunately, he was off to my left so I literally hit him as I was hitting the brakes so hard I was doing a "reverse" pop-a-wheelie [if you will]. While my back tire was up in the air about 3 feet, I hit the girl. Luckily I was able to steer the front tire away from her body and used my free hand to grab the back of her shirt and carry her with me in the reverse pop-a-wheelie a couple of more feet until I was able to stop and put the rear end of the bike back on the ground.

    Fortunately, the little girl was OK. She just hit her head on the brake lever of my handlebars as I was grabbing her shirt. I apologized profusely for hitting their little girl and I was somewhat expecting to get my arse whooped. The complete opposite happened. They thanked me. I couldn't believe my ears. They all agreed that we did the right thing by letting them all know that we were about to pass and that I [nor them] had control of the little girl when she unexpectedly darted off. They were also impressed on "how" I hit her, knowing full well that their was nothing I could have done at that time to prevent the collision. I felt really bad about this for weeks, even though the girl was OK.

    Bikes can be dangerous too, which is why it is a law for cyclists to stay off the sidewalks.

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    Tom great stories and you are a great bike handler. The more crashes I have the more time I have to react.

    Here is the tale of my worse bike crash.


    I landed first on the right side of my head and was surprised by the loudness of the sound. I wasn’t going that fast on my bike. I was hurt but conscious and was happy to be able to move my feet and hands. The blood was everywhere on my face and shirt. I could hear many of the Canada geese in the pond near me all honking. The pain then hit me on the right shoulder, hip and chest. I started slowly writhing on my back on the bike path. I realized that at 7 in the morning there wouldn’t be many people out to help me. I sat up and tried to stop the blood squirting from my head. I saw my bike beside me, got up and picked it up and started to walk. I thought it was funny that the front wheel had goose feathers in the spokes. I noticed the bike was not damaged and even the wheels were true.

    This particular day had started out warm with blue sky and no wind, perfect for my commute to work. I usually ride about 4 miles of my commute on the rail trail, a flat, straight, well-paved bike path that goes by woods and ponds. About 2 miles down the path, I noticed a Canada goose with about 5 little chicks following her on the right side of the path. For fun I thought I would give her a little brush by. As I passed all of the chicks the mother goose suddenly opened her wings and flew directly into my front wheel taking me down hard. I had no time to lay the bike down and slide on the paved path, which is the preferred method of landing during a crash. With any luck, this would have allowed the bike to absorb some of the impact. Instead I went over the bars and hit my head on the pavement.

    While walking my bike and bleeding, I meet Brian. He said he had heard and then saw me go down. Bike paths are very straight when built on old railroad beds, like this one is. We walked a relatively short distance to his car and he loaded the bike in his trunk and me into the blanketed front seat and drove to the nearest hospital. I had eight broken ribs, a collapsed right lung, lacerated scalp and two breaks in my collarbone. The Canada goose won that day, but I’m going to serve goose pate at my next party to get her back.

    I now will wear a helmet.

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    I have to many crash & burns to mention but a couple that I remember were, about 5 years ago decided to go for an evening ride, I had just bought a new cats eye and I wanted to test it out that particular night. I rushed out and forgot my clear lens safety glasses, nothing worse than getting nats and skeeters in your eyes. I was to lazy to go back in get them, 15 miles or so into it, going down hill around a corner got a flying something in my eye took my eyes off the path a brief second to rub my eye, I look up a Doe and a couple of fawns were right on the path needless to say I smaked into her doing 25mph or more flipped over my bike tumbled a few times and a tree stopped me from going into the woods. I was pretty skinned up the forks were bent that I survived that was a miracle.

    Last year riding and testing out a 29er going down a hill called the screamer my front tire hit a tree rut my friend said I did a couple of mid air flips landed face down in the dirt took me 1/2 hour to shake off the cobwebs that ruined my ride that Day. Stay safe everyone.

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    WOW you hit a doe, that beats anything I have hit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toxis View Post
    I'm insane but Saturday I'll be partaking in a 110 mile gravel grinder here in KS. I'm not up for the whole 200mi yet; next year though, next year it's on. Gotta have goals right? But let's see how I do Saturday...

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    Well thanks to the open planes of Kansas and 20-25mph winds, I made it to the support stop at 61.5mi in 5:58. Called it quits there. Could've rested and maybe got 10-15 more miles but I didn't have another 50 in me. But it was already the longest I've been on a bike and the farthest, let alone in the harshest of conditions, so I'm counting this a win. 56-57 miles of head/cross winds and only 5ish of tail wind. Took it out if me like I never expected.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toxis View Post
    Well thanks to the open planes of Kansas and 20-25mph winds, I made it to the support stop at 61.5mi in 5:58. Called it quits there. Could've rested and maybe got 10-15 more miles but I didn't have another 50 in me. But it was already the longest I've been on a bike and the farthest, let alone in the harshest of conditions, so I'm counting this a win. 56-57 miles of head/cross winds and only 5ish of tail wind. Took it out if me like I never expected.
    I bet your ass was sore that day.

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    Used to be a cyclist during my college days. Was lucky to live in the northwest corner of he Denver metro area with quick access to the amazing and brutal Morgal-Bizmark course made famous in the Red Zinger and later Coors Bike Classic. The best I ever did was 2.75 laps, giving up before the climb up The Wall. Those of you who have seen the movie [I]American Flyers[I] will know from the first day of the "Hell of the West" scene. For the rest here is a video explaining the course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toxis View Post
    Well thanks to the open planes of Kansas and 20-25mph winds, I made it to the support stop at 61.5mi in 5:58. Called it quits there. Could've rested and maybe got 10-15 more miles but I didn't have another 50 in me. But it was already the longest I've been on a bike and the farthest, let alone in the harshest of conditions, so I'm counting this a win. 56-57 miles of head/cross winds and only 5ish of tail wind. Took it out if me like I never expected.

    That's some awesome mileage into a stiff wind. I've got that mileage in me, but not into the wind the whole way. I'd count that as a win too.

    A couple of weeks ago, I was aiming for a 40 miler. I ran into similar winds, and called it a day at 22 ( the road back to the parking lot). If it's not fun I don't like to play.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikezappa View Post
    I bet your ass was sore that day.
    Sore? Like someone hit my ass with a sledgehammer. And yes, I wear padded cycling shorts.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rivrrat View Post
    That's some awesome mileage into a stiff wind. I've got that mileage in me, but not into the wind the whole way. I'd count that as a win too.

    A couple of weeks ago, I was aiming for a 40 miler. I ran into similar winds, and called it a day at 22 ( the road back to the parking lot). If it's not fun I don't like to play.
    its a different ball game when you factor in heat or wind or rain...
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    The Bike saved me!

    I've always had a bike but started riding more serious back in the mid 80's. Around the second year of college I started having panic attacks that got so bad that I had to drop out. I moved back home and it got so bad to the point where I could not drive and did not even want to leave the house.

    Through treatment and therapy I needed to find a way to push myself and relieve stress so I started making myself ride. There were a couple of awesome bike shops in my area and after seeing an Italian racer up close and personal I was starting to get hooked. The process was slow but I went from riding a mile or two to riding around the city. I eventually started working for the bike shop around the corner and started to meet a lot of cyclist and started doing club rides.

    Here is my old Centurion Turbo...my first decent road bike (Chromoly frame, chromed fork, rear stays) in my life that I bought with my own money. This is around '87 on the Campus of Michigan State Univ. after I returned back to school.


    My next bike around the late '80's-'90 was one I bough from a Doctor that had in in the shop on commission. He never really rode it much. A Ciocc MOKBA '80. This was an awesome example and introduction to me about what an Italian road racing bike was all about. This thing rode like a dream on long rides and was much better than the Centurion.


    Through those years I did many club rides, did some races, and rode 85 miles in a day for the first time in my life, etc, etc etc,.... I met many new people and to this day still have friends who ride. I over the years stopped riding much and even sold my road bike. After years of marriage and not riding much with the wife then after my Son was born I went out and bought a cheap ATB as I was starting to get into that but was not sure about it. An aluminum frame Pacific NOMAD that I bought from Target of all places. Oh GOD help me!

    ....But, it gets the job done for now.

    I promised myself that if I put in some serious mile that I would reward myself with a dream bike. Many years have passed and that has not happened yet. However, I'm pushing myself to ride more and have co-workers that ride as well as riding clubs in the area that I relocated to last year. I have a vision of something made of carbon fiber or titanium in my future. Maybe a nice road and ATB? I guess I need to get moving? LOL!
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    My Ass gets sore a couple days later. I don't sit on my ass and ride. I stand when I ride! LOL



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    Holy crap.....I crashed on my road bike last Friday.:

    I was on an overpass crossing over a dry river to join up with a path on the other side, I was making a slow left to join up with the path on the other side when for some stupid reason I swung out a bit and rode right into a hole while I was turning.

    Did I mention I was on clipless pedals, as in cleated in? I couldn't release fast enough, and down I went
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    Not as embarrassing as I've done worse. Had a guy coming my direction on a slightly wider than single track mountain bike trail and he was too beginner to know to move over apparently. So I had to slow down, try not to slide off the edge as I passed him. Too slow I guess, came to a stop when hitting a rock and fell...right on top of him! Clipped in and couldn't get off. And his super cute g/f was right behind watching the whole thing. Why couldn't I have fallen on her? Haha.

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