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post #1 of 20 Old 04-07-2010, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
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First time hitting asphalt

Too bad it had to be on the strom and not the crappy beginner cruiser i had before. Slow speed (3 or 5 mph) slide on gravel trying to do a panic stop. Just fell over to the left side like a sack of potatoes. Left side plastics messed up, turn signal, the plastic around the headlight, the plastic under the headlights, front fender, and the whole nose area tilted to the left (must be a bent metal thing-a-ma-bob), and of course that gear shift toe piece broke off. Who new so much damage could be incurred!

Bike seems to ride okay (rode 2 minutes to work and will be riding to shop after work).

Hit my shoulder (armored leather jacket), helmet (scratch on helmet), and sneaker (regular basketball sneaker), and hip. Only hip feels anything and it feels like a bruise.

Right before the incident I remember thinking.. wow what a pain in the ass it is to ride in this hot hot weather with all this crap on (i was also wearing a back protector)....wouldn't it be nicer in a t-shirt!

Just gonna let insurance handle this... I'm thinking the cost will be much more than my $500 deductible.
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post #2 of 20 Old 04-07-2010, 05:23 PM
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Sorry to hear that but at least you are not injured badly....Before you rush to get it fixed go back out and play in the gravel and practise slow speed and panic stops.

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Sorry to hear that but at least you are not injured badly....Before you rush to get it fixed go back out and play in the gravel and practise slow speed and panic stops.
And buy a pair of boots. Just sayin'..... ;-)

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Sorry to hear that but at least you are not injured badly....Before you rush to get it fixed go back out and play in the gravel and practise slow speed and panic stops.
Is there such a thing as a "panic stop" in gravel? How does that work?

OP: bikes are replaceable, you are not. Glad it wasn't worse.
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[quote=steve68steve;540476]Is there such a thing as a "panic stop" in gravel? How does that work?


You would have to ask the OP how that works...Second sentence in his post was:
"Slow speed (3 or 5 mph) slide on gravel trying to do a panic stop."

I figure if he is going to do whatever they are he may want to get some practice in before he fixes the bike.

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I never ride with anything less than an ankle covering boot on. No matter the weather.
Glad to hear you are ok.
Also, I would go out and practice panic stops too. I know it's hard after you gable gone down but try it.
Sorry about the bike.
But sneakers oa bike are bad news. I just saw a guy mess his foot up wearing converse. But they look cool eh? Lol

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Is there such a thing as a "panic stop" in gravel? How does that work?

OP: bikes are replaceable, you are not. Glad it wasn't worse.
There is if you "panic" and grab a handful of front brake. I hate the term "panic stop" because when you panic, you lose.
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And buy a pair of boots. Just sayin'..... ;-)

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I agree. We all know how bad sneakers are, but just to further prove the point: I recently witnessed a left hand turner take out a fellow on his SV. I watched the rider fly through the air a total of about 20 feet before he came to a thud on the pavement. He was wearing sneakers. I spent 40 minutes on scene and still never found his missing shoe. Imagine what that'd be like if he had gone sliding, ankle bone grinding on asphalt. Buy some boots.

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the full story

I was in a lane that was going to veer off to the left, but I needed to go straight. So I needed to move over into the lane on my right. Up ahead there was a triangular curb splitting the lanes going straight from the lanes going to the left. I slowed down and put my blinker on to move over. The person on the right sped up so I couldn't move over. I slowed down even more hoping that the person on the right would keep going but he seemed to only speed up enough to block me. At this point I am going really slow.. like 3 or 5mph... and I realize that this isn't gonna happen. Now I'm really close to the triangular curb, and I would like to just go left but I am going so slow that I don't feel comfortable just leaning and gassing, so in a "panic" I decide to stop but underfoot there was something loose... maybe gravel... or maybe some form of tiny gravel.. just something loose and when i braked I slid.

I made a ton of mistakes obviously. The biggest one from my perspective was being indecisive about what to do..... I should have probably just avoided the whole situation by calmly going left when I saw that car speed up.
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I made a ton of mistakes obviously. The biggest one from my perspective was being indecisive about what to do..... I should have probably just avoided the whole situation by calmly going left when I saw that car speed up.
Some experience comes from making mistakes. Glad you're OK
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