"Oh shit" moments

  • metlboy

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    Oct 01, 2010 5:01 AM GMT
    I decided to start a thread for stories of your cycling close calls. As is right and proper, I'll start:

    So today, as I was biking home from some errands, I had a close encounter. I was approaching an intersection where I have to make a left turn. I check behind me, there's a big gap, so I put out my left hand (pedal, pedal, pedal), check again, still a gap, and I start to merge left. As I enter the left lane, I hear the car that was about 20 feet behind me in the right lane rev their engine and then suddenly hit their brakes. They honk at me, and I look back and see that they're RIGHT behind me. I could only see one headlight over my shoulder, so they were probably less than a foot off of my tire.

    Now, why the would wait the whole time I was signaling, and then try to pass me in the left lane when they could have just stayed in the right lane and gone ahead, I don't know, but they scared the shit out of me.
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    Oct 01, 2010 5:57 AM GMT
    Riding down a beautiful scenic backroad, ~25 MPH and accelerating downhill, a huge dog comes running out into the road to stop me.
    After a really cool looking endo, it succeeds.
    The owner of the dog runs out to help me up, and offers me a few beers and dinner, then takes me and my bike home once I'm nice and buzzed. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 01, 2010 5:58 AM GMT
    I'll purposely leave out the three occasions in two weeks where I was in the bike lane at top speed and some idiot made a right turn in front of me when I couldn't stop.

    Yes, three times in two weeks. I sold my bike the next week. icon_lol.gif
  • Sk8Tex

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    Oct 01, 2010 9:14 PM GMT
    I had one of these moments on Wednesday when some jackass in a neon yellow windbreaker decided that 35mph was a reasonable speed for the middle sidewalk in Balboa Park. I was skating backwards on the 4-5' wide sidewalk listening to my iPod as I do every week (and im probably the most courteous skater youll meet at Balboa...) when this guy came whipping by without making so much as a sound.

    I nearly fell backwards on my head in front of the guys playin volleyball there...and I pretty much exclaimed "OH SHIT!" for everyone within earshot to hear. The guy didnt even say anything like excuse me, sorry, or slow down for that matter.

    Now some people would probably argue, "Thats what you get for skating backwards." But clearly this guy should be capable of detecting objects directly in front of him, and going 1-2 feet to the left or right would have sufficed. But the ovbious choice was to plow through the obstacles without a care in the world for the well being of those in his path. What a fuckin ass!

    HAHA gettin hot just thinkin about it. icon_lol.gif
  • TexasBoeuf

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    Oct 01, 2010 9:24 PM GMT
    Was bicycling down a busy street with a bike lane. It was downhill so I was flying and there was an intersection at the bottom of the hill. A truck was inches in front of me in his lane and decided to make a quick right without signalling or looking. I had no time to stop and collided with the truck. I flew over the top of the truck and into the intersection. Broke both hands but just minor fractures so not a big deal. I got a pimped out mountain bike out of it all though.
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    Oct 01, 2010 9:24 PM GMT
    So the other weekend, I went out biking with my daddy... he usually runs behind me. But this time he decide to take over my training wheels!

    I was like WTF Daddy!

    He held my seat though and we went down the street and over to the next street too!... I'd never been that far before!.. I look back to my daddy but he was 50 ft behind me.... I was like "Oh shit!" he let go.

    but i kept going ... until i accidently rode onto someone lawn and hit their flower pot. Needless to say, I was spent for the day!
  • coolarmydude

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    Oct 01, 2010 10:27 PM GMT
    When I was in 9th grade, I jammed one of my fingers at the knuckle and wore a splint that went down the palm of my hand. I went out riding my bike one evening and noticed my front tire was going flat. I hurried back home, riding as fast as possible, and when I attempted to turn left into the driveway, my front tire's rim didn't allow the turn to be easily made. Instead, it spun out of control, causing me to tear some serious skin off my left knee and the handlebar wedged between my hand and the splint and torqued against the jammed finger. The pain in my knee was actually more significant.
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    Oct 01, 2010 10:39 PM GMT
    Hm, no one incident, but I always find that it's oncoming left turners that give me the closest calls as far as getting hit goes. They just never look for cyclists in the oncoming lane. The closest I ever came to getting hit by one of these left turners, they literally missed me by an inch or two, and only because I knew it was happening and decided to speed up rather than slow down. I most likely would not have been able to stop in time. My heart was definitely racing after that...
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    Oct 11, 2010 3:02 PM GMT
    in mtbiking every ride is a close call, lol.
    maybe not deadly but at some point you end up with some nasty little "bobos" .


    once in moab, we were camping right by the SlickRock and one morning Dave and I decided to go down to town for breakfast.
    As we were going down the big hill right before town, we saw like a branch on the road but as we got close realized it was a rattler . We just manage to swerve and ride each side of it . I don't want to think what could happen if he had got stuck in my wheel.
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    Oct 11, 2010 3:19 PM GMT
    Why not include "oh shit" moments of when cyclists disregard pedestrians and either hit them or come close to hitting them? That's a thread I'd be interested in reading. icon_confused.gif

    *not intended to disrespect RJ cyclists because I'm sure all of you always honor the law.
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    Oct 11, 2010 3:45 PM GMT
    yesterday one of my "friends" abandoned me and his now ex b/f after he turned nothing into a all out scream-fest fight from the bar back to his car. i got placed with 2 options, get in the car with my friend who was being a dough bag to the max, or stay with person number two, who i dont really know but he doesnt even live in sd and he's in pain. it wasnt hard for to to just walk away with person number 2.

    he had a lot of venting he needed to do, and i wasnt gonna let him be abandoned in a city he doesnt live in. my friend said i was no friend of his anymore, but im happy with the choice i made icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 14, 2010 6:10 PM GMT
    chaos444 saidyesterday one of my "friends" abandoned me and his now ex b/f after he turned nothing into a all out scream-fest fight from the bar back to his car. i got placed with 2 options, get in the car with my friend who was being a dough bag to the max, or stay with person number two, who i dont really know but he doesnt even live in sd and he's in pain. it wasnt hard for to to just walk away with person number 2.

    he had a lot of venting he needed to do, and i wasnt gonna let him be abandoned in a city he doesnt live in. my friend said i was no friend of his anymore, but im happy with the choice i made icon_smile.gif


    fascinating.
    hope you went on a bike ride to make this somewhat relevant icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Oct 14, 2010 6:25 PM GMT
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    Oct 14, 2010 6:35 PM GMT
    My Oh Shit happened a few weeks ago. OK, I had two within weeks of each other.

    The 24-Hour Fitness facilities don't have knurled, curved pull-up bars. Their cable-crossover tree has a smooth, stainless steel pull-up bar. To make sure I can grip without slip, I use a pull-down bar that I set on the pull-up horns that are on the opposite side of the bar. I loop my wrist straps around the ends and lift the bar up over the horns.

    I'm 5'10", so that means I have to stand on a stepper or bench to reach the horns. Well, I got my right hand over the horn but not my left as I lost my balance. In a second I was hanging by my thumb--not the right way but the wrong way. It made a cracking noise.

    I was able to free my left hand from the other end of the bar and reached up to grab the horn, pulling myself up enough to free my thumb. Thankfully it was not broken.

    My little toe, on the other hand...let's just say that 50 lb dumbbells are the perfect weight for snapping those itty bitty bones. Now I know that when someone yells "Look out!" in the gym they mean "jump forward", not "duck so the asteroid doesn't hit you" or "back away from the train tracks."
  • metlboy

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    Oct 15, 2010 3:04 AM GMT
    mickeytopogigio said(video)


    Hah, I'd forgotten about that. I like how he pusses out after running into the guy and switches from riding the wrong way to riding on the sidewalk. What a "dough bag".
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    Oct 17, 2010 2:53 PM GMT
    the whole thing is a setup .
    i mean , do you bike around town with a camera on your shoulder or clipped to your helmet ? Neither do i.

    and if i were to hit such a behemoth, i'd fall off my bike too.

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    10 years ago, i was draughting behind a jeep in town . Stupid, dumb but kind of fun.
    except the girl driving saw a squirrell and jammed the breaks on .
    For 5 seconds i had a rough love affair with a spare tire.
    The girl was apologetic but i told her i had no one to blame but myself.