Rode into a car

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Re: Rode into a car

Postby ChrisF » 23 Jun 2020, 9:28pm

richardfm wrote:.........
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The Thorn Mercury Mk3 is a Rohloff equipped bike, its intended use varies between fast day rides and lightweight cycle camping, with either drops or straight bars.

I'm surprised by the damage the Mercury frame sustained; I would have suspected a collapsed front wheel and/or forks rather than two frame tubes being bent like that. Is that typical (or common) for a front collision?
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Re: Rode into a car

Postby gaz » 23 Jun 2020, 11:05pm

Somehow missed this thread over the last few days. Wish you a speedy recovery PH.
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Re: Rode into a car

Postby PH » 24 Jun 2020, 10:23am

ChrisF wrote:I'm surprised by the damage the Mercury frame sustained; I would have suspected a collapsed front wheel and/or forks rather than two frame tubes being bent like that. Is that typical (or common) for a front collision?

Are you looking at the right photo?
Most of the visible damage on my Mercury is the forks, they're destroyed. The frame looks OK, but on closer examination the downtube has a curve to it, the examiner didn't need to look further than that to condemn it. The front wheel isn't far out of round (Though the bearings are rubbing), it takes a lot to deform a wheel on that plane, unlike a side impact where even a slight bump can pringle it.

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Re: Rode into a car

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 24 Jun 2020, 11:13am

Hi,
Some people just want to scarper because they think they might be blamed for some reason, or just don't want any type of confrontation at all.
I have heard plenty of stories where people have collided with things that have stopped and blame the person that has stopped?
Happened to me three times.
First time headdown going to work uphill, I used the average 20 mile an hour going to work, But it wasn't very far.
I looked up and didn't even have time to blink, on the boot of the car still feet in toe clips but just stuck there looking stupid, push myself off the boot and onto the floor still connected to the bike, frame was bent and couldn't move the bars.
Eventually shove the forks into a bench seat on the side of the road and yanked on the rest of the bike so I could turn the wheels, rode for three months and then the frame cracked on the way home just put my hand around the crack ha ha.
Examine the boot carefully but not a single scratch can you believe that!
Second time Car came round the corner on the wrong side of the road and stopped dead, went to put my hand on the front brake but no front brake The nipple had popped out, after that decided to oil front cables ha ha.
Fork bent back Guy said are you okay, I just mumbled and dragged my bike home.
Third time on the motorbike, there is a reason why you always keep your fingers on the front brake, car pulled away at zebra crossing and stopped across it, I assumed it was moving off, I didn't have time to move my fingers onto the brake before I hit the back of the car at about half a mile an hour, just fell onto the floor as I had both feet on the pegs to.
Car drove off and car behind me got out and said do you want the blokes number he just stopped all of a sudden, I declined and put it down to experience.
Get well soon.

P.S. The time it takes you to move your fingers onto the brake is too long to avoid a collision sometimes In my experience, you live and learn don't you.
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Re: Rode into a car

Postby Phil Fouracre » 24 Jun 2020, 2:05pm

Blimey! Are you safe out on the roads? :-) :-)
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Re: Rode into a car

Postby Paulatic » 24 Jun 2020, 2:09pm

Phil Fouracre wrote:Blimey! Are you safe out on the roads? :-) :-)


He does make you wonder :D :D
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Re: Rode into a car

Postby Cowsham » 24 Jun 2020, 5:33pm

NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,
Some people just want to scarper because they think they might be blamed for some reason, or just don't want any type of confrontation at all.
I have heard plenty of stories where people have collided with things that have stopped and blame the person that has stopped?
Happened to me three times.
First time headdown going to work uphill, I used the average 20 mile an hour going to work, But it wasn't very far.
I looked up and didn't even have time to blink, on the boot of the car still feet in toe clips but just stuck there looking stupid, push myself off the boot and onto the floor still connected to the bike, frame was bent and couldn't move the bars.
Eventually shove the forks into a bench seat on the side of the road and yanked on the rest of the bike so I could turn the wheels, rode for three months and then the frame cracked on the way home just put my hand around the crack ha ha.
Examine the boot carefully but not a single scratch can you believe that!
Second time Car came round the corner on the wrong side of the road and stopped dead, went to put my hand on the front brake but no front brake The nipple had popped out, after that decided to oil front cables ha ha.
Fork bent back Guy said are you okay, I just mumbled and dragged my bike home.
Third time on the motorbike, there is a reason why you always keep your fingers on the front brake, car pulled away at zebra crossing and stopped across it, I assumed it was moving off, I didn't have time to move my fingers onto the brake before I hit the back of the car at about half a mile an hour, just fell onto the floor as I had both feet on the pegs to.
Car drove off and car behind me got out and said do you want the blokes number he just stopped all of a sudden, I declined and put it down to experience.
Get well soon.

P.S. The time it takes you to move your fingers onto the brake is too long to avoid a collision sometimes In my experience, you live and learn don't you.


Your bound to have got a claim against the guy on the wrong side of the road?

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Re: Rode into a car

Postby Colin Grigson » 30 Jun 2020, 8:07am

Hope you’re feeling better soon and back out on the road

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Re: Rode into a car

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 30 Jun 2020, 11:09am

Hi,
Cowsham wrote:
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Second time Car came round the corner on the wrong side of the road and stopped dead, went to put my hand on the front brake but no front brake The nipple had popped out, after that decided to oil front cables ha ha.


Your bound to have got a claim against the guy on the wrong side of the road?

That was nearly 50 years ago.
My bike maintenance improved in leaps and bounds from that moment on :)
Knocked off just once, The driver was foreign stopped and did not come back to see if I was okay lying on the floor, his passenger was more concerned but I just got on my bike and rode off.
I doubt anyone would even stop today would they...........
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