Another cracked hat

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BertYardbrush
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Another cracked hat

Postby BertYardbrush » 15 Aug 2012, 7:32pm

It's a short sprint to work, a mere 2.62K. I like to do it at speed - relative to my age, having just turned 66. There's just one point where there is a metre strip of granite cobbles across the road to indicate buses & cycles only. It's on a slight uphill after a short descent so I stand on it, freewheel over the cobbles with a hell of a rattle then put the power on again. Yesterday I think I overdid it, the chain must have rattled off the chainwheel, the bike refused as I applied strong pressure. I continued, the bike didn't. Scraped the top of my cycle specs, hairline crack and scratches on the helmet, schoolboy knee and whilst I was lying in the road the bike fell on top of me. So relatively unscathed but another £40 for a helmet. That'll be my 3rd in as many months. And what's more it was exactly the same spot where the BMX bike cut across me causing my last crash. Suppose I ought to think about slowing down a bit - but it wouldn't be half as much fun.

gilesjuk
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Re: Another cracked hat

Postby gilesjuk » 16 Aug 2012, 12:08am

Is it a Giro? If so you do know they offer a replacement cheaper?

http://www.madison.co.uk/giro/

BearOnWheels
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Re: Another cracked hat

Postby BearOnWheels » 16 Aug 2012, 9:03am

Delighted you got away relatively unscathed. Better a cracked hat than a cracked skull...

And don't slow down, for as George Bernard Shaw said "Use your health even to the point of wearing it out. That is what it is for.'

If you can do it, do it! :D

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Re: Another cracked hat

Postby [XAP]Bob » 16 Aug 2012, 9:22am

Maybe the hat is causing the crashes? :lol: :twisted: :P

Keep going for it, watch out for kids and other vulnerable road users, have fun!
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BertYardbrush
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Re: Another cracked hat

Postby BertYardbrush » 16 Aug 2012, 1:29pm

Thanks for the kind comments. It's a Uvex ivo. I am replacing it with a Uvex city commuter which has a light in the back. There's not many people around at that time in the morning, just a man and his proverbial (a Staffie) to express concern. It's different in the middle of the day - being a bus lane, nobody looks for the silent cyclist.

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Re: Another cracked hat

Postby Ron » 16 Aug 2012, 4:31pm

Sounds like an example of risk compensation in action. :(

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Re: Another cracked hat

Postby kwackers » 16 Aug 2012, 4:51pm

Ron wrote:Sounds like an example of risk compensation in action. :(

Obviously he should do science a favour and ride without a helmet for a while to see how it changes the frequency and nature of any accidents.

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Re: Another cracked hat

Postby danfoto » 16 Aug 2012, 6:04pm

kwackers wrote:
Ron wrote:Sounds like an example of risk compensation in action. :(

Obviously he should do science a favour and ride without a helmet for a while to see how it changes the frequency and nature of any accidents.


Exactly what I was thinking 8)
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