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Old 04-12-2017, 06:56 PM   #1
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Since I've been scraping that right peg so much I decided to just break it off.

And bend the rear brake lever in.

And get that front brake lever out of the way too.

And sand the rough spots on my crank case.

And that Vagabond frane slider was sticking out too far, too, so I ground it down.

And smashed the bike into a guard rail.

And hey why not, my body, too.

Bend the handlebars, slice the front brakes, rip off the turn signals, and shred a fork seal. And who needs plastic?

, who needs happy painless knees and elbows for that matter?

I'm fine. off AF, and suuper effing bummed. But fine. I forgot what pretty colors bruises can make.

THANK YOU to all of the angels who helped me today:

RANDY the dirtbiker, who helped me get the bike out of the guardrail and coasted behind me while I got out of the road to safety.

JENNIFER and her man, the motorists who called in a triple A tow for me and hung with me til the truck came, AND gave me sustenance and water and sanity and tips.

CARLOS the cyclist who was some kind of incredible hulk and helped get the bike unwedged from underneath the guard rail that had me and the bike pinned. Carlos asked that I pass on this message:
Please respect bicyclists on the roads we share!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SCOTT the generous (famous?) basketball player who drove me back up to the crash site to find my phone.

And thank you all my guardian spirits who protected me from getting totally mangled by oncoming traffic!

And sorry bikey bike for not listening to you better. I will keep learning and growing and we'll be back in action in no time.
Better and brighter.
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Old 04-12-2017, 07:03 PM   #2
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Oh no.

I'm glad you're well enough to be posting about it. Bikes can be replaced.
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Old 04-12-2017, 07:17 PM   #3
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Old 04-12-2017, 07:18 PM   #4
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Old 04-12-2017, 07:24 PM   #5
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Old 04-12-2017, 07:28 PM   #6
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What??? No way? Glad to see you weren't badly hurt and people stopped and helped u out.
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Old 04-12-2017, 07:35 PM   #7
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Oh, man. I'm glad you came away with nothing more than pretty, colorful bruises. It seems your sense of humor wasn't broken in the crash, and that's a really good sign.
Hopefully insurance will come through and you won't take too much of a hit monetarily.


When you have time, please do a crash damage evaluation post of the gear you were wearing. Let us know what worked and what disappointed. It helps us, as a community, when we make our buying choices.
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yo... sorry to hear, glad you're well..
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glad you came out relatively unscathed.
stay safe!

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Glad to hear you're ok. You did go get yourself checked out though, right? Is that a hospital band in the last pic?

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Old 04-12-2017, 09:17 PM   #12
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Glad you are alright and happy to hear that the world still has a lot of good people out there
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That break lever is awesome. Very secure for 2 finger braking but the high cost for duplicating it seems excessive. Glad you and your bike came away in a healable condition. Guardrails are a when we use them to stop.
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Thankfully it wasn't worse and I'm glad to see you're ok. Sorry about your bike.
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I'm late but......Noooooooooo Was it the snake? Did the snake bite you? snake. So glad you are ok. The bike doesn't look too bad either. You have an awesome attitude about it and I think it will amplify the healing process as well as "characterize" the experience (on many levels) ...........like around ye ole campfire or such some day.
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We told you to take it easy after the track day!!


Jk I'm glad you're ok...does look too pricey
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ahhhhhhhh thanks guys. thanks for all the well wishes.

It's hitting me a little harder today. I am super bummed out.

Bike-wise, the peg started scraping in a downhill right-hand turn, and snapped off. I heard it scraping at a different angle than usual (I presume because of the downhilledness), but didn't think anything of it until ... CLUNK ... and the whole weight of the bike had been leaning on that peg, so the bike came down onto my knee and frame slider and foot and we skid while I was pinned for a while across the road.

At some point I started separating from the bike, and the bike went perfectly front wheel first, bike totally on its side, into/underneath the guardrail. PERfectly wedged under it.

I was partly wedged under the guardrail and the bike but I don't remember clearly how or which body parts were involved. I remember VERY clearly watching the bike and just thinking about my bike, going, "Oh it's good it's good it's just a low side it's good....." ....and then I saw the guardrail fast approaching both of us and I was like, "Oh no don't hit the rail don't hit the rail oh no don't hit too hard oh no bike don't....!" CRUNCH.

I don't remember hitting the guard rail myself.

I stood my up as quickly as possible to get out of oncoming traffic.

So, bike lesson learned: stock pegs are not meant for serious, continued, and repeated scraping... There may have also been some dust and gravel on the tires from the road I was just on.

Rider-wise, many mistakes:
1. I had it in my head that this was "JUST" an easy ride through the canyons. And it was supposed to be. But as soon as I say that, my alertness goes down, and I think nothing is likely to go wrong, since I am not even pushing it.

2. Since I am not here to push it, I don't need to give my all with my body. I didn't give all with my body, and possibly, if I had been hanging over the bike more, this wouldn't have happened.

3. Not giving all with one's body = not giving one's all with one's mind.

4. I was hungry and knew I needed to eat but didn't. I didn't have time for a full breakfast since I ran out the door at 5am that morning. It was between 11am and noon when I crashed.

5. I was stressed out -- I have a big overseas business trip coming up and am not prepared for it. I gotta think that fact was running in the back of my mind, especially since what I got up at 5am for was related to the trip. So, not focused.

6. I underestimated a road I am unfamiliar with After one run, I thought, oh, this isn't a high speed road. I don't even have to lean much to get around it. Lower speed must mean I don't need to be as on it. Wrong. When you're riding, you always need to be on it. And I know better.

In fact, all of these points, I know better. And that is part of the reason I am so bummed, and angry at myself.

At least I was true to my mantra of ALL GEAR ALL THE TIME. Because if I hadn't been in a full leather two piece, I would not be in nearly as good shape as I am right now.

More soon...

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Lol.... No......

It's my track day wrist band................

Minimal injuries, thanks be to gods
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I'm really glad to read that post. It shows that you're undaunted, but learned some valuable lessons from the crash. That's the best possible outcome.

I'm also really glad that you were wearing good gear. As you said, it can be the difference between walking away sore, and not walking away at all.
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Sorry to hear about the crash. Good to see you thinking about what went wrong. Keep the rubber side down!
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