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Xanthine

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Icon 1 posted April 11, 2006 22:14      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
IIRC, it's been about a year since my last wipe-out, which means I've been due for another hit on my multiple lives. Sure enough, it happened tonight.

I hit a SUV on my way home from work. My bike frame took most of the impact and it shows. I cried pretty hard when I saw that - I love that bike. I feel like I've lost a part of me. The rest of the impact was absorbed by the right side of my face, and that shows. Only thing that boke is my nose, and I chipped a tooth. However, I have a fat lip and the whole right side of my face is swollen so I look kinda like some sort of surrealist portrait. I was not helmeted. I should have been, but I wasn't. Luckily enough, I did not black out or hit my head. Just my face. Nothing else, other than scratch or two on my left hand. Someone called 911. The EMTs were impressed, and no, I did not get strapped to a board (Woohoo!!).

What happened was this: I had just turned right onto the sidewalk of the street I live on. I was half a block from my apartment building, crossing the driveway into a parking lot of a 7-11. I was on the sidewalk because I didn't want to take the across-busy-traffic left turn I'd otherwise make to get into my complex. I saw, too late, a SUV turn in. I wasn't going superfast, but my bike doesn't stop on a dime. I tried to swerve and brake. I really didn't want to hit the guy. But I side-swiped him. I don't think I flew, but I definitely came off the bike.

The doc gave me some Vicodin for the pain. Thing is, I'm really not in a lot of pain (on a 1 to 10 scale, with 1 being a stubbed toe and 10 being compound hip fracture, I'm about a 2). I guess if I change my mind it's there.

Maybe I can get my bike fixed, but I doubt it. Te frame was pretty bent. The cops didn't give me any tickets, but we'll see what the accident report says. The driver seemed pretty shaken. And wow, do noses bleed...

I'm going to miss that bike. She and I were one. [Frown]

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Icon 9 posted April 11, 2006 22:28      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
aw crap...

Sorry for your bike loss and your pain... ouch. But I'm really glad you weren't hurt worse!

WEAR A HELMET FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!!! [shake head]

/me makes you some tea

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Icon 1 posted April 11, 2006 22:34      Profile for Rhonwyyn   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
If we can figure out a way to get my bike to you, you're welcome to my Giant Cypress 21-speed until you get a replacement for your wounded steed. I'd even throw in my purple helmet! The bike's less than two years old and has maybe been ridden for 100 miles. It has front and rear suspension and a really comfortable seat!

Send me a PM if you'd be interested.

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Icon 1 posted April 11, 2006 22:34      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Totaling the bike hurts much worse than anything else right now.

I don't think I can quite express what that bike was to me. I could ride it through anything, and I know this because I did.

Edit: Thanks Rhonnie but I do have a mountain bike that someone threw in a ditch and I brought back to life. It's a solid bike, but it's not my Stellar. For one thing, it doesn't fly.

I gotta stop thinking about that bike. It makes me cry, and then that makes my nose start bleeding all over again.

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Icon 9 posted April 11, 2006 23:46      Profile for macmcseboy     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
/me gingerly hugs Xanthine...

That truly sucks X... I know you loved that bike. But WE love YOU more. Alive preferably. Thank god you are ok.

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I must admit I also only wear my helmet when I know I will be riding on busy city streets. I don't wear my helmet when I ride around on sidewalks, but then again I have never wrecked.

What kind of bike did you lose? I would hate to lose my bike as it is a Schwinn from before they went bankrupt, sold out to wal-mart, and started producing junk.

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Sorry to hear about your bike (and face) but you know what they say, any crash you walk away from is a good one.

I never used to wear a helmet, until a guy I was riding with snapped his frame at high speed going down a hill, flew an unbelievable distance, and landed on his head. He was wearing a helmet, and it probably saved his life.

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Xanthine__________________NOT AGAIN

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Damn it, Xanthine! There's no +1 button for those 9 lives (@6 now?), ya know?

Sorry to hear the news...but glad to hear that your mostly well. [Smile] And hey...maybe this'll right your nose after the mountain - I know you weren't thrilled about that gem did. [Razz]

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Ouch! [Frown] Glad you weren't seriously injured.
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Glad to hear you're ok. Hopefully you can get thie bike fixed. I know how much stuff like that means.

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GET A HELMET!!!!! AND USE IT!!!!!!!

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I'm glad to hear that you are alright. Sorry about the bike [Frown]

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Aw man, I cringe just reading that. I'm glad you weren't (too) seriously injured. Condolences about the loss of your bike. [weep]

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That's a doubleplus ouch! Glad to hear you're (more or less) all right though. As far as the bike goes, it might be a good idea to salvage undamaged components and replace the frame - you can't easily replace individual tubes on a welded frame, and simply bending it back to original shape will make it much weaker. You really don't want your frame to snap on you while you're flying down a hill at 35mph...

PS: If the frame is brazed, just take it to your local framebuilder and have them replace damaged tubes, it shouldn't cost that much.

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[Frown] ... really sorry to hear that, Xan. Absolutely sucks about the bike, but very glad indeed that you're okay.
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I've very sorry to hear about what happened, Xanthine, though I am glad that you weren't the one to take the brunt of the damage.

I feel for you; I know how it is to break/lose something irreplacable like that. [weep] I hope you can find a good bike repair shop to get her back up and on the road again.

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Xanthine - sorry to hear about your crash. [Frown]
I hope the bruises fade soon.

And it's a real bummer to have trashed your favourite cycle.

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Screech! Crunch! Ouch! Whimper!

(My onomatapoeia-tic attempt at empathy.)

Sorry for your trouble, Xanth, but glad it is no worse.

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/me plays a funeral dirge for the bike

I'm glad to hear you weren't seriously injured. Hopefully you'll look less surreal soon.

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Ooh, my sympathies. Sydney is not a particularly bike-friendly city so I avoid riding here. But I do miss having a bike. Hope you can get yours repaired or find an equally-beloved replacement. And here's wishing you a speedy nasal recovery.

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quote:
Originally posted by ARJ:
Ooh, my sympathies. Sydney is not a particularly bike-friendly city so I avoid riding here.

Ain't that the truth. Better in the burbs though...

Yeah, sorry to hear about that Xan, but glad you're OK out of it. Hope a suitable alternative biking arrangement can be made soon...

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Glad you're ok Xanth. As long as you're good, who cares about the bike. Bikes are replaceable, you are not.

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I start reading the thread get through the first line and say to myself - uh-oh! Well - at least she is posting this and not someone else.

Xanth, for crying out loud, wear that brain bucket! Us geeks need to protect the one good thing we have. [Wink]

Hope you feel better soon and that the pain doesn't come in too bad. I know sometimes it hits me worse a day later.

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Glad you weren't mangled as badly as the bike was, Xanthine. Here's praying for quick healing.

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Wear the helmet. That was the first thing I learned when I survived an accident that should have killed me when I was 15. When I was 29 that lesson saved my life in another accident where I ended up creasing the helmet on the edge of the the curb. Without the helmet I don't think that I would have survived that one.

I don't post here often but I do frequently read these forums, and while I often skim threads I usually stop to read posts from certain posters and you are one of those posters. This place would be different without you here so take the necessary safety precautions whether you are getting ready to go rock climing or just riding your bike to work.

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